Deadwood's Ian McShane joins the cast of Game Of Thrones for season six
Deadwood star Ian McShane has signed up for a key role in the forthcoming sixth season of Game Of Thrones.
According to Entertainment Weekly, who broke the news, the British actor will play an unknown role, who is described as having "a relatively small amount of screen-time during the season, yet his character is of key importance."
Last week it was confirmed by producers HBO that Game Of Thrones will run for a full eight series, but that there are no plans beyond that.
Asked at a press conference at the Television Critics Association’s about whether the show would go beyond seven seasons, HBO programming president Michael Lombardo said: "Seven-seasons-and-out has never been the conversation. The question is: How much beyond seven are we going to do? Obviously we’re shooting six now, hopefully discussing seven. [David Benioff and Dan Weiss, Game Of Thrones' showrunners feel like there’s two more years after six. I would always love for them to change their minds, but that’s what we’re looking at right now.”
Then asked if the network were open to a prequel or a show set in the same world as Game Of Thrones, Lombardo replied: "I would be open to anything that Dan and David wanted to do—about Game of Thrones, or any subject matter It really would depend fully on what they wanted to do. I think you’re right, there’s enormous storytelling to be mined in a prequel, if George [R.R Martin] and Dan and David decide they want to tackle that. At this point, all the focus is on the next few years of the show. We haven’t had any conversations about that at this point.”
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