As with any beloved show such as Game of Thrones, there is always a certain level of secrecy involved, especially leading into the start of a new season. This year, though, HBO has revealed next to nothing about the show, and aside from a few photos and brief trailers, there's practically nothing we know about what's to come. Despite several casting reports while production was under way, the network hasn't even confirmed any new cast members, but one of the new additions is Ian McShane, who revealed some very interesting details on BBC Morning Talk. While he doesn't offer any specific spoilers, or reveal his character name, he may have confirmed a long-held fan theory. There will be potential SPOILERS below, so read on at your own risk.
"My character is an ex-warrior who has become a peacenik. 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."
Ian Mcshane also teased back in November that he's bringing a beloved, deceased character back to life, but, given the slew of beloved characters that have been killed off over the past five seasons, it was rather impossible to figure out who may be resurrected. Some have hoped that he could be responsible for the resurrection of Jon Snow (Kit Harington) or even Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane), but it seems that isn't the case. Now that we have even more details about his character, it seems clear that he will be bringing back none other than Sandor Clegane, a.k.a. The Hound (Rory McCann).
You may recall that, at the end of Season 4, Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie) mortally wounded The Hound, freeing Arya (Maisie Williams) from his clutches. Instead of going with Brienne, she takes off for the House of White and Black, where she spent all last season. Before leaving, The Hound begs Arya to kill him, but she just lets him bleed out before setting sail. We never saw Sandor again, but there has been a prevalent fan theory regarding The Hound that has never been confirmed, but now may be proved true.
In George R.R. Martin's fourth novel, Brienne and Podrick (Daniel Portman) come across a community known as the Quiet Isle, lead by a man called the Elder Brother. One of the island's residents is described as being well over six feet tall and is recovering from a gruesome injury. While this character has never been named, some fans have speculated that he is none other than Sandor Clegane. Given Ian McShane's recent character description, and lack of any other confirmation regarding his character, he very well may be playing the Elder Brother, and we could actually see The Hound once again.
Naturally, Rory McCann hasn't been confirmed to return on Game of Thrones, and it's certainly possible that Ian McShane could be bringing another character back to life. It's worth noting that, in the Game of Thrones Season 5 finale, it was teased that the other Clegane brother, Gregor, a.k.a. The Mountain (Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson) was also brought back to life through experiments performed by Qyburn (Anton Lesser), although it was never confirmed that this large man is in fact The Mountain. If Sandor is in fact alive, it could set up an epic battle that fans have called "Cleganebowl," but we'll have to wait and see. In the meantime, take a look at Ian McShane's video interview below.