Emmy nominated performer and “Deadwood” star Ian McShane is now joining Season 6 of “Game of Thrones,” according to Entertainment Weekly.
Season 5 of “GoT” almost totally swept up to George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire novels, making Season 6 mostly focus on unknown material.
Though McShane could sensibly be playing a character that has not even been introduced to the storyline yet, two existing characters stand out as definite possibilities based on casting calls.
Randyll Tarly, aka Sam Tarly’s dad, was actually mentioned by name in Season 5, plus a casting call reported by Watchers on the Wall to get a “Father” who’s “One of the best soldiers in Westeros” makes it seem like Papa Tarly is coming next season.
The casting call describes the job as being “a great part” that’s “Centrally involved” in a protagonist’s storyline, which likewise fits together with the description of McShane’s part.
McShane, at 72, is significantly older than the reported ages in the casting calls for Greyjoy and Tarly.