‘Game of Thrones’ Casts ‘Deadwood’s’ Ian McShane for Season 6

Actor will join HBO drama in mystery role

Ian McShane has bee cast in the sixth season of HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” The actor will play an unidentified role.

It will be McShane’s first appearance on an HBO series since the Western drama “Deadwood,” for which he won a Golden Globe award in 2005 for his work as Al Swearengen.

Production has already begun on the sixth season of “Game of Thrones.” The series is nominated for 24 Primetime Emmy Awards, including best drama series.

HBO programming president Michael Lombardo said Thursday at the TCA summer press tour that “Game of Thrones” is likely to end following its eighth season.

“Obviously we’re shooting season six now, hopefully discussing seven,” Lombardo said Thursday. He also indicated that the final word on when to end the series rests with showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. “I think their feeling is we’re looking at two more seasons after six. I’m hoping they’ll change their minds, but that’s what we’re looking at right now.”

McShane is represented by Independent Talent Group, Gallant Management, ICM and Sloane, Offer, Weber and Dern.

EW first reported the casting.