Imagine you spent years writing a series of books, mapping out a Tolkien-esque world and developing hundreds of characters and storylines, only to have it publicly reduced to ‘only tits and dragons.’
Wouldn’t that be a tad demeaning? Well, that must be how A Song of Ice and Fire writer George RR Martin is feeling about Ian McShane’s latest comments after the actor uttered those exact words during an interview with The Daily Telegraph.
Potential Spoilers Ahead
In recent weeks, McShane has courted controversy for being rather outspoken and forthright about his erstwhile mysterious role in the upcoming sixth season, revealing on BBC Breakfast that he brings back a fan favourite character who had been presumed dead.
Following that, the internet went ballistic with the belief that McShane has inadvertently confirmed the Gravedigger theory, that sees The Hound returning (check out the video below from our friends at Squareeyed).
“You say the slightest thing and the internet goes ape,” he told The Telegraph (via Squareeyed). “I was accused of giving the plot away, but I just think get a f***ing life. It’s only tits and dragons.”
Well, he certainly paints a different picture, doesn’t he? HBO will most likely be less than overjoyed with McShane’s colourful remarks, especially considering how admirably tight-lipped stars like Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke remain when pressed about tidbits about upcoming storylines.
But wait, he’s not done yet… he has more information on his character that he’d like to drop:
“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.’
“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.’”
So, we now know that McShane will only appear in one episode but considering that he’s a damn fine actor, we’re slightly disappointed that he won’t feature more heavily throughout what’s sure to be an epic season.