Deadwood star Ian McShane spent one episode in the world of Westeros last season, and now he can’t stop ragging on Game of Thrones fans.
“The show is huge, but some fans seem to identify with it [too closely],” he told Empire magazine, according to British sites Metro and the Belfast Telegraph. “You want to say, ‘Have you thought about your lifestyle? Maybe you should get out a little more.'”
Et tu, Al Swearengen?
The lovably curmudgeonly thesp played Brother Ray, a rural priest who rescued The Hound and nursed him back to health in the Season 6 episode “The Broken Man,” before meeting an untimely demise at the hands of the Brotherhood Without Banners.
Before his episode aired, McShane tantalized viewers with a hint that his character would be “bringing somebody back that you think youre never going to see again,” leading spoiler-savvy fans to surmise that The Hound would be making a reappearance following his supposed death after battling Brienne in Season 4.
Apparently McShane caught some heat for spoiling that big reveal, but he’s not feeling too guilty about it, reportedly telling Empire of the fans, “Firstly, you love it. Secondly, you’ll have forgotten by the time it comes out. And what am I giving away? ‘A character beloved by everybody returns.’ Get a fucking life.”
McShane will next appear in another adaptation of a beloved, bestselling novel Neil Gaiman’s American Gods which is being brought to TV by Bryan Fuller and Michael Green for Starz.
Hopefully they’re a little more relaxed about spoilers than HBO is.
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