According to Entertainment Weekly, Ian McShane has been cast in a mystery role. Let the speculation begin.

The show’s tight-lipped production will not reveal any details about McShane’s character, who’s coming on board for the most mysterious season yet. Thrones is preparing to dive headlong into narrative territory not yet revealed in author George R.R. Martin’s novels (and despite that opening sentence, McShane’s character could theoretically appear in Westeros or Essos or somewhere in between).

McShane is no stranger to fantasy storytelling and he’s one of the more high-profile actors to join the show: he was cast as Blackbeard in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, played Al Swearengen on Deadwood, King Silas Benjamin in the fantastically underrated show Kings and voiced Ragnar Sturlusson in the film adaptation of The Golden Compass.

According to EW, while McShane’s role won’t grant him a lot of airtime, it’s a critical one for the story.

The real question is: who’s he going to play? Have we even seen his character in the books yet?



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