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Ian McShane’s ‘Game of Thrones’ Mystery Character Could Resurrect a Dead Favorite

Ian McShane is staying tight-lipped about who he’s playing in “Game of Thrones” season six, but according to a new report, his role will be instrumental in the return of another character.

“I am responsible for bringing somebody back that you think you’re never going to see again. I’ll leave it at that,” McShane reportedly told Pop Goes the News at the Los Cabos International Film Festival.

The “Deadwood” star also confirmed that his role is a pivotal character with little screen time, telling PGTN that his appearance is “a one-off episode … That’s why I did it. But I can’t reveal anything, otherwise I will never work again.”

Since many fans (and “Game of Thrones” cast members) believe we’ll be seeing Kit Harington’s Jon Snow resurrected in some way, it’s debatable whether McShane would refer to him as someone you think you’re never going to see again — but given the body count on the HBO hit, there are plenty of other possibilities. Another theory is that McShane is referring to a revival in a flashback or via a vision, rather than in the present day, or perhaps his character has tracked down the long MIA Benjen Stark (Joseph Mawle)?

Other cast additions in “Game of Thrones” season six include Samwell Tarly’s parents and siblingsPilou Asbæk as Euron GreyjoyRichard E. Grant in an unspecified role; Essie Davis as an actress who performs as a version of Cersei (Lena Headey) in a play; and Max von Sydow as the Three-Eyed Raven, taking over the role of Bran Stark’s (Isaac Hempstead Wright) mentor.

“Game of Thrones” returns to HBO in spring 2016.

Who do you think McShane’s character is bringing back? Share your theories in the comments.

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