A few days after dropping a medium-size spoiler about the upcoming season of Game of Thrones, Ian McShane could not be filled with less regret. “You say the slightest thing and the internet goes ape,” the actors tells The Telegraph, accurately. “I was accused of giving the plot away, but I just think get a f—ing life. It’s only tits and dragons.” So, why did he take the gig? “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.’” (Coincidentally, “No, we’ve killed them off” is Thrones’ tagline for season six.) McShane says he wasn’t sure if he wanted to commit to taking on another TV role, but was swayed when producers revealed he’d only be in one episode. “I said, ‘So that means I must die at the end of it. Great, I’m in.’” Now, technically, that’s not a spoiler per se, just speculation, but we have a feeling Ian McShane doesn’t care either way.
Ian McShane. Photo: Juan Naharro Gimenez/Getty Images