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Game of Thrones’ Ian McShane Reveals Return of ‘Much-Loved Character Who Everyone Thinks Is Dead’

Hello from the other side? Ian McShane, who will appear on Game of Thrones’ upcoming sixth season, revealed in a BBC Breakfast interview on Thursday, March 3, that his mysterious role will be linked to the return of a deceased member of the Westeros world.

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“My character is an ex-warrior who has become a peacenik,” the Deadwood alum, 73, said. “So I have this group of peaceful … sort of a cult, a peaceful tribe. I bring back a much-loved character who everyone thinks is dead.”

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McShane has previously been quite cagey about who he would be playing, saying in an interview last year that he could not reveal anything other than that he would only join the Emmy-winning HBO series for a single episode.

Ian McShane

His cryptic comment about a “much-loved,” but dead, figure has no doubt led some fans to optimistically infer that Jon Snow (Kit Harington) may be returning in season 6. 

The beloved character, who has appeared in marketing for the new batch of episodes, appeared to meet his demise last season after he was stabbed multiple times by his brothers of the Night’s Watch. Harington, 29, has previously stated that his character is, in fact, dearly departed.

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Tell Us: Who do you think McShane is playing?

Game of Thrones returns on HBO Sunday, April 24, at 9 p.m. EST.

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