Ian McShane opens up about his ‘Game Of Thrones’ character

Actor says he will play an "ex-warrior who has become a peacenik"

Ian McShane has revealed details of the character he plays in the upcoming return of Game Of Thrones.

McShane will join the cast for the sixth series of the HBO fantasy series, which returns to screens in April. Speaking to BBC Breakfast earlier this week, the former Deadwood and Lovejoy actor revealed a rough outline of what to expect from his turn.

“My character is an ex-warrior who has become a peacenik,” he 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. I’ll leave it at that.”

Although vague to non-Thrones superfans, those who have read George R.R. Martin’s novels are speculating that McShane will play the Elder Brother, a character who appears in the fourth book, A Feast for Crows. Brienne of Tarth encounters Elder Brother on the Quiet Isle, a place for warriors to go to seek catharsis for their violent pasts.

Earlier this week Game Of Thrones fans got their first proper taste of the new series in a brand new featurette. The five-minute clip shows footage from the series, something absent from the previous mood-setting teasers put out by HBO.

The footage arrives ahead of the S6 premiere in April. Sophie Turner revealed this week that her character Sansa Stark won’t be killed off in the series while Emilia Clarke may have revealed the fate of character Jon Snow at a recent awards ceremony.