Game Of Thrones star says the show is just “tits and dragons”

Spoiler alert: Ian McShane tells it exactly how it is.

Emilia Clarke Game Of Thrones
Mother of dragons Emilia Clarke and her fire-breathing friend. Image Picture HBO

Ian McShane hasn’t even appeared on Game Of Thrones yet, but the actor is already proving to be a nightmare for the HBO show’s producers.

The perma-tanned Lovejoy star will appear in the upcoming sixth season as a priest, and he’s already blown the lid off his storyline in a series of spoiler-filled interviews.

First up, McShane revealed that his character will bring a deceased Thrones character back from the dead.

“I have nursed a beloved character, a much-loved character back to life, and it reintroduces… I won’t say ‘him,’ or ‘her,’ but it’s a character that’s much-loved who everyone thinks has died, but he’s not dead,” he told Radio 5 Live.

When prodded to say if it’ll be The Hound or Jon Snow, McShane rather unsubtly replied: “I’ll leave you with that one, I think you might guess which one it is. It’s not the latter. It might be the former.”

Ian McShane in Deadwood
Gem Saloon Ian McShane as Al Swearengen in Deadwood. Image Picture HBO

McShane’s no-filter approach to spoilers is naturally something that’s sending fans into a frenzy.

“You say the slightest thing and the internet goes ape,” he told The Telegraph. “I was accused of giving the plot away, but I just think get a f**king life. It’s only tits and dragons.”

Not content with that, the Deadwood actor added one final hammer blow by making it abundantly clear what will happen to his character.

“They asked me if I wanted to do Game of Thrones and I said, ‘Sure, I’ll be able to see my old pals Charlie Dance and Stephen Dillane’ and they said, ‘No, we’ve killed them off,’” he said.

“I wasn’t sure whether I could commit, but then they said it would only be for one episode, so I said, ‘So that means I must die at the end of it. Great, I’m in.’”

Game Of Thrones will return to HBO and Sky Atlantic on April 24. Watch the new, NSFW red band trailer for the new season below:

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