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Struan Rodger has joined the cast of Game of Thrones season 4, but which character will he play? Reportedly, someone whom readers weren’t expecting to meet so soon.

While Game of Thrones season 4 has already added all of its new major players, it seems a few minor roles are still being added for later episodes.

One such role has gone to actor Struan Rodger (Chariots of FireStardust), who Winter is Coming reports will be playing the part of the “Three-Eyed Raven,” and will appear in multiple season 4 episodes.

Unsullied Game of Thrones fans, proceed with caution, for mild spoilers be ahead.

The Three-Eyed raven is of course already a character on the show – it’s an actual raven, which has appeared in Bran (Isaac Hempstead-Wright)’s visions.

Therefore, WiC draws the logical conclusion that Rodger is in fact playing the role of Lord Brynden Rivers, better known as Bloodraven.

As A Song of Ice and Fire readers know, the Bloodraven plays a very significant role in Bran’s storyline, but in the novels, he does not appear until the fifth book, A Dance With Dragons.

And as readers also know, the character is still shrouded in mystery.

The decision to include the character as early as Game of Thrones season 4 (which roughly spans the second half of the third novel, A Storm of Swords) probably means that Bran, Meera (Ellie Kendrick) and Jojen (Thomas Brodie-Sangster)’s storyline will be heavily advanced.

But will this mean that TV show fans might actually learn more about the character than the book readers currently know? Or will his character merely appear as a vehicle for pushing Bran’s journey forward, staying in the shadows like he has been so far in the books?

Share your thoughts on this surprising Game of Thrones casting news in the comments!

Game of Thrones season 4 premieres spring 2014 on HBO.

  • The507thDoctor

    I met him the other day at a convention!

  • Michal

    Oh, they’re going THERE. Interesting.

  • Gary Vasut

    Wow, Bran is getting way ahead of everyone else… To be fair he only has 4 chapters in all of ASOS and 3 in ADWD, but they are going to have to do something to pad his story out to last 2.5-3 seasons till the rest of the show gets to TWOW material.

    • CliveRogan

      If they follow the books exactly he won’t show up again til they adapt ADWD, then would get about five scenes throughout that. They’re either going to have to do some fairly extreme padding, or they’ll get Bran’s ADWD storyline out of the way now then shelve the character for a few seasons.

      • Kyle

        I’m pretty sure Bran’s final chapter in Dance spans several months. The show will be able to add plenty of interesting filler scenes to keep our interests peaked during his time with Bloodraven.

  • Gary Vasut

    Technically ADWD never states that the TER is in fact Bloodraven, but some of the descriptions heavily match the description of Bloodraven as he appears in Dunk and Egg, and the TER does say that he used to be known as “Brynden”… so It is him, but never directly stated as so…

    I hope this character’s inclusion will get more people to read “The Tales of Dunk and Egg”…

    “How many eyes does lord Bloodraven have… a thousand eyes, and one”

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