Ian McShane Cast on Game of Thrones Season 6 as...

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Ian McShane is headed back to HBO.

The former Deadwood lead will come on board Game of Thrones Season 6 is an unknown role, according to Entertainment Weekly.


But the guessing games have already begun.

EW confirms that McShane will only appear briefly, yet his role will be of "key importance."

Might this be a reference to Sam’s dad, Randyll Tarly, a former top soldier in Westeroes?

A recent HBO casting call mentioned the show is seeking an actor to play a "father," which is “a very good part” that's “centrally involved” in a protagonist’s storyline.

Or what about Euron Greyjoy? A casting call has also gone out for a “pirate” who “has terrorized seas all around the world.”

We could absolutely see Ian McShane as a pirate, couldn't you?

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Tyrion: Let me give you some advice bastard. Never forget what you are. The rest of the world will not. Wear it like armor, and it can never be used to hurt you.
Jon: What the hell do you know about being a bastard?
Tyrion: All dwarfs are bastards in their father's eyes.

I will hurt you for this. A day will come when you think you are safe and happy, and your joy will turn to ashes in your mouth. And you will know the debt is paid.

Tyrion Lannister