'Game of Thrones' Season 4 casts Struan Rodger: Is he Bloodraven?
Some "Game of Thrones" storylines are catching up to the "A Song of Ice and Fire" book series faster than others. British actor Struan Rodger has been cast as a major character in Bran's storyline who is introduced in the fifth "ASoIaF" novel, "A Dance with Dragons." Be warned, some spoilers lie ahead.
On Rodger's online resume, his "Game of Thrones" character is listed as "Three-Eyed Raven," and it seems like he appears in multiple episodes. Since an actual three-eyed raven already appeared in Bran's storyline in previous seasons as an animal, it seems safe to assume that Rodger's version of the character will be the person Jojen and Meera are taking Bran to.
If that is the case, it seems likely that Rodger is actually playing Lord Brynden Rivers, better known as Bloodraven. The character first appeared in "A Dance with Dragons" as the human form of the three-eyed crow as the end of Bran's journey.
In the novels, Bloodraven was believed to be a sorcerer. He was a legitimized bastard of Aegon IV Targaryen, was the Hand of Aerys I and acted as Lord Commander of the Night's Watch. The character of Bloodraven is frequently alluded to in George R.R. Martin's Dunk and Egg novellas, which take place nearly a century before the events of "Game of Thrones."
Bloodraven is arguably the most important character Bran has met on his journey thus far. There's not much of Bran's storyline explored in "A Dance with Dragons," so it remains to be seen how much viewers actually get to see of the Three-Eyed Raven in Season 4. What seems likely is that Rodger's character will be revealed either in Bran's visions or at the end of the season, and then have that storyline carry over into Season 5.
Hopefully by then Martin will be close to releasing the sixth "ASoIaF" book, and more information about Bran and Bloodraven will be revealed for future "Game of Thrones" seasons. Regardless, it's pretty awesome that this character will be introduced in the HBO series so soon, since he is one of the most intriguing people in the novels.
"Game of Thrones" will return to HBO with Season 4 in Spring 2014.