Ian McShane finally made his appearance on the June 5 episode of ‘Game of Thrones,’ and his role was absolutely perfect. In a post-show interview, the actor spills on how his role came to be, his impact on The Hound and more!
Fans have just been waiting for Ian McShane, 73, to show up on Game of Thrones. He made his big debut on the June 5 episode, reintroducing us to The Hound. In an all-new interview, Ian reveals how he got involved, Ray’s background, and whether or not he thinks The Hound will avenge Ray.
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The Game of Thrones writers wrote a “two-page speech,” and they needed someone for the role. Ian thought it was “really well written,” so he gladly accepted, he told Entertainment Weekly. Ray was the one who helped save The Hound after his violent showdown with Brienne. The Hound nearly died, but Ray healed him.
Ian noted that his character was meant to show that The Hound actually still has some humanity left in him. Ray had more in common with The Hound than anyone else expected.
“He’s an ex warrior who’s grown tired of the murdering life and trying to lead another kind of life,” he told the outlet. “But I think my main use was to re-introduce a character people thought was long gone and who needed some humanity. The Hound has not been shown much humanity in his life, and he gets a little from Brother Ray and carries that forward into his character, which makes it more interesting for those who watch him.”
Brother Ray and his entire community were killed by a group of attackers at the end of the episode. Once again, The Hound managed to cheat death. Even though Brother Ray told The Hound it wasn’t too late for him to change his murderous ways, he’s not entirely sure The Hound is going to listen after what’s happened.
“I don’t know what happens in the next episodes,” he continued. “But if they’re following the Western code, he’ll seek to avenge me, then continue his life in a different way. You have to have revenge, and expedient revenge.”
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