Ian McShane On Giving Away Hound’s Return: ‘I Find The Whole Thing Funny’

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ian mcshane brother rayIan Mcshane, who played the role of Brother Ray in episode 8 of Game of Thrones season 6, tells us more about his character:

“It’s like he’s holding an improvised meeting – not Alcoholics Anonymous, but Murderer’s Anonymous. He’s an ex warrior who’s grown tired of the murdering life and trying to lead another kind of life. But I think my main use was to re-introduce a character people thought was long gone and who needed some humanity. The Hound has not been shown much humanity in his life, and he gets a little from Brother Ray and carries that forward into his character, which makes it more interesting for those who watch him.”

And how did he go about his hanging scene? The emmy-nominated Deadwood star tells EW that it wasn’t too difficult:

“It’s very easy. You just have to hold your breath for 10 seconds and look sufficiently dead for them to get it.”

And finally, McShane spoke about all the spoilers he revealed before the season started, which virtually gave away his role and the character he was bringing back:

“I was doing a completely separate interview about [the UK miniseries] Doctor Thorne, which happens to be on now. And the interviewer asked about the commotion my remarks had [about The Hound coming back], had I said anything out of turn. And I said – well, you know what I said. Suddenly they all go apesh–. And I thought, “Oh they’ll probably love that at HBO!” And they did, despite their protestations about the fans, saying, “Oh you’ve given something away!” I find the whole thing funny.”


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