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Ian McShane has no regrets about spoiling Game of Thrones Season 6

In one of the more memorable cameos on Game of Thrones, the notoriously foul-mouthed Ian McShane appeared in the show’s sixth season as Septon Ray, a hardscrabble priest who nursed the Hound back to life after Arya left him for dead in Season 4. The Hound’s reappearance was supposed to be a surprise, so some fans were up in arms when, before Season 6 began, McShane did everything but stand on his chair, cup his hands in front of his mouth, and scream that the Hound was returning. Now that Season 6 has come and gone, what does McShane think about those fans’ reactions? McShane opened up opened up to Vulture.

They take it very seriously, some people. Dear God! I mean, I didn’t have to sign one of those contracts where you don’t talk about it. And on the other hand, if you tease it up, more people will watch it. So it wasn’t exactly bad publicity for HBO, you know?

It’s interesting to learn that McShane did not sign a nondisclosure agreement about Season 6, so it seems he was within his rights to be a bit more chatty than other actors on the show. After all, how would HBO punish him for spoiling things? It’s not like the show could hang his character again.


They said, ‘It’s a good, juicy, one-episode part that has a big monologue, and we’d love you to go and do it. I didn’t want to do the whole thing, the whole series. It’s a good plot. I got hung. I’m out of there, man.

With children and grandchildren who are fans of the show, McShane took the role “[s]eriously enough to be quite good at it, but not seriously enough to think ‘Game of Thrones’ is gonna change my life.” McShane’s appearance, although brief, was a highlight of Season 6, so it’s hard to argue that McShane did not give the role his all. Still, his attitude stands in humorous contrast to the more reverent tone sometimes taken by other actors on the show.


      • Although it just seems like his personality it would’ve been pretty awesome if this had been kept a complete secret (like Hodor’s “birth” and death). It does make me a little sad he spoiled it. BUT, I am on a spoiler site. SO I know I’m in the wrong too.

    • The Hound would not have listened to a pompous, pious priest. He needed someone like Ray.

  • I liked him in his role but he’s been a bit too pompous about his part and the series as a whole. Just tits and dragons? Sorry if GoT isn’t as high-brow as “Death Race.”

  • It was uncalled for, bringing back the Hound, nurturing him and not showing him for the rest of the season!! 😅😅😅
    Complete waste of 55 precious minutes I say

  • The books foreshadow the Hound’s return, so I was hoping the series would bring him back, too. Having Mr. McShane basically confirm this was going to happen in Season 6 gave me something to look forward to. “Spoil”? Is that a joke?

  • McShane came across imo quite bitter about how short his part was in a multi award winning global success tv show, hence the sarky remark about “I’m glad it was just one episode”. His comments afterwards “it’s just tits and dragons”, sour grapes much?

    He could have given away more spoilers than just the return of the hound if he had of been in more episodes, or with more main cast members. I think that is where his catty comments come from, he was asked by fans about a show that aside from his part, he knew nothing about.

    Richard E. Grant is a very successful thespian trained actor, in a similar small part, yet he kept a dignified silence.