British actor Ian McShane is joining the cast of Game of Thrones in a role that reportedly will have a small amount of screen time but a lot of significance for Westeros.

That’s according to a report from Entertainment Weekly, also confirmed by Variety.

You might remember McShane from the last time he was involved with HBO, as Al ‚ÄúI sure do say ‚Äėcocksucker‚Äô a lot‚ÄĚ Swearengen on the western Deadwood. Or you might remember him from my favorite of his roles, Stabby Hobo Santa Claus from American Horror Story: Asylum.

The reports say sources were mum as to who McShane will actually play on Game of Thrones, but there‚Äôs a fair chance no one would know who he is anyway, since Season 6 is officially in ‚Äúnot based on a currently existing book‚ÄĚ territory.

Me, I hope he plays Bran Stark From the Future who comes back in time somehow to save the Stark family but accidentally picks the wrong year. It’d be a twist no one would ever see coming.


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