The cast of HBO’s fantasy series Game of Thrones has a new addition in Struan Rodger, according to a report by Zap2It. The blog sleuthed out the actor’s online resume, which lists his character name as “Three-Eyed Raven,” and indicates he’ll be joining the show for multiple episodes in season four, which returns to HBO in the spring of 2014.
[Warning: Spoilers Ahead]
The evidence indicates that Rodger’s “Three-Eyed Raven” is a stand-in for the Bloodraven character (aka Lord Brynden Rivers, aka “the last greenseer”) who appears in the fifth book of George R.R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire saga as a pivotal figure in the story of Bran Stark. Bran’s friends, Jojen and Meera, are currently leading him north of the wall, and if the show follows the book, the cave-dwelling Bloodraven will be their final destination; he is the three-eyed crow of Bran’s dreams. In the book, he acts as Bran’s tutor, helping to develop his rare and powerful gifts as a warg.
Here’s more detail for the true nerds among us, from Zap2It:
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.
Rodger is a British actor who has appeared in television shows such as Armando Ianucci’s The Thick of It, Dr. Who, and had a pivotal role in Chariots of Fire, the best picture winner from 1981. And if nothing else, his appearance in season four indication that the show will continue to move a bit faster than the books in some of its story lines.
(We here at Paste are deeply disappointed in the choice, and will be starting an online petition to replace Rodger with Charlie Hunnam.)
(Not really. Good call, Game of Thrones.)