Ian McShane is notorious for being unabashedly direct in his speech. He speaks what he feels. His spoilery reveals about “Game of Thrones” season 6 and other rude comments gained quite a bit of backlash recently. The actor has now spoken about the secrets of his character Brother Ray that he played in the latest episode titled “The Broken Man” of the fantasy series based on George R.R. Martin’s books.
Ian McShane (“Deadwood”), who guest starred in “Game of Thrones” season 6, episode 7, talked to Entertainment Weekly (EW) about how his character one-off role would influence future episodes of the show. “He’s an ex-warrior who’s grown tired of the murdering life and trying to lead another kind of life. But I think my main use was to re-introduce a character people thought was long gone and who needed some humanity,” McShane told EW. The character who was presumed dead turned out to be Sandor Clegane, aka The Hound (Rory McCann).
The Hound was last seen in season four when he was seemingly terminally wounded in a battle with Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie) and Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) had left him to die. “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,” Ian McShane said of the character.
As for Brother Ray, he was a spiritual leader who had known the price of violence and worked tirelessly towards healing other broken souls, imbuing them with a sense of hope and guiding them. In fact, the general feel of “The Broken Man” episode was one somewhat removed from the tragic, violent, war-torn world of “Game of Thrones” and became a sort of meta-commentary on the show itself, without being too obvious. However, any “Game of Thrones” reader or viewer knows that such peace is not meant to last in the world of Westeros. McShane’s character was murdered along with all his followers by the Brotherhood Without Banners. Only The Hound survived.
The Hound will no doubt avenge Brother Ray’s murder as we see him filled with grief over the lifeless body of his healer and then picked up an axe to end the scene. Ray had discovered The Hound in the Vale, as noted by Game of Thrones Wiki and eventually nursed him back to health; giving him a second chance. “I don’t know what happens in the next episodes. But if they’re following the Western code, he’ll seek to avenge me, then continue his life in a different way,” McShane said.
Episode 8, titled “No One,” airs on June 12.