Fans of Deadwood will love this news. Ian McShane, who played Al Swearengen on Deadwood, is joining Game of Thrones for the sixth season. HBO confirmed the newest cast member via Hollywood Reporter.

No details were given about the character McShane will play in Season 6. But, the internet is abuzz with possibilities. The leading candidate for McShane’s role is Randyll Tarly, Sam Tarly’s dad.

It’s a solid guess and matches up with a casting call reported by Watchers on the Wall in May.

One of the roles called for a “Father” and is described as “one of the greatest soldiers in Westeros.” Waters on the Wall goes on to say the character is “centrally involved” in a protagonist’s storyline. That sounds like Randyll Tarly alright.

Another role described a “Pirate” who “has terrorized seas all around the world.” Many believe this character description matches up with Euron Greyjoy.

The Greyjoys’ storylines were one of the book storylines that was mostly overlooked in the TV show. Will season 6 change that? The role description above seems to indicate we might be seeing a bit more of the Greyjoy family besides Theon.

I would be thrilled if McShane scored either role.

Season 6 is in the middle of production right now and is expected to debut around its usual slate of spring 2016.

Is Jon Snow really dead? That’s all any GoT watcher wants to know. Don’t string us along HBO. We want to know on the first episode.

Season 6 enters completely uncharted territory for book readers. Season 5 pretty much caught up with George R.R. Martin’s books. You won’t have to listen to your family and friends talking about “you won’t believe what’s about to happen” anymore.

As for Martin? He’s not writing any episodes in Season 6. All of his time is going to the sixth Game of Thrones novel, The Winds of Winter. He wants to finish The Winds of Winter before Season 6 debuts. Will he? Well, he skipped Comic-con to focus on writing. At least he’s committed.

It’s times like these you wish Martin would pump out books like Brandon Sanderson.

Besides confirming the McShane casting, HBO also wants their popular show to last 8 seasons. Bring it on.

What do you think of Ian McShane joining Game of Thrones? Who do you think he will play?


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