Maybe Bran's Dreams Will Stop Being So Useless And Boring Now: 'Game of Thrones' Casts Its Bloodraven

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Maybe Bran's Dreams Will Stop Being So Useless And Boring Now: 'Game of Thrones' Casts Its Bloodraven

By Joanna Robinson | Trade News | October 18, 2013 | Comments ()

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Listen, you unsullied, there’s no way for me to talk about this new ‘Game Of Thrones’ character without talking about the book. So, tread lightly, here be spoilers.

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HBO has announced that they’ve cast Struan Rodger and his online resume lists his role as The Three-Eyed Raven. So unless he’ll be providing the caws and wing-rustles for the animal in Bran’s dream, I think we book readers can safely assume that he’ll be taking on the role of Lord Brynden Rivers. I don’t mind accelerating Bran’s plot, I don’t mind it one bit. Bran and The Reeds were much better on paper than they’re proving on screen and unless they want to take my advice and have the Reeds tell stories with elaborately shot flashbacks (I want The Knight Of The Laughing Tree, damnit), giving Bran more interesting dreams is the best way to inject some life into his scenes.


So here we have Struan Rodger who will, presumably, first appear in Bran’s dreams. Does he look the part to you? Ah, well, don’t we all look the same with a Weirwood root jutting out of our eye sockets?


(badass image via DeviantArt, newsy bits via Uproxx)

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  • Strand

    *Shrug* dude is virtually unrecognisable by his appearance in the main books. Though I'd love some Hedge Knight flashbacks.

  • manting

    he has the coolest backstory of any character in the series. Total badass. Albino with a sweet birthmark, sorcerer, kings hand, Lord Commander of the Nights Watch, and kills his half brother over a women and loses an eye to another half brother and they are all kings bastards. So he is a one eyed bastard albino sorcerer, who doesn't love those?

  • Pat Sponaugle

    I'm glad Bran's story will be getting some serious focus. And thanks for including that fantastic artwork, JRob.

  • BWeaves

    I tried reading the first book and got bored halfway through. It was like I was reading a children's book that happened to have sex scenes and other adult stuff in it. However, my darling husband got hooked on the TV show via DVDs I rented and has been reading the books voraciously. I've read all the spoilers on the Wiki pages and the Pajiba reviews, so I know the entire story (as much as is created so far), and I've really enjoyed the TV show (again via DVD's so we haven't seen season 3 yet).

    Hubby is telling me stuff as he hits it in the books, and it's fun to be able to discuss the story with him without spoiling anything for him. Currently, he's started book 3 and he's convinced that no more harm will come to any Starks and they'll all get back together. I can't wait for him to hit the Red Wedding. (Rubs hands in glee.)

  • John G.

    Perhaps I'm in the minority, but Bran's story is my favorite story in the whole book, just barely beating Arya's story, which is a very close second.

    It's funny that book people complain about Dany's story, but TV show people complain about Bran's story. I'm guessing it's because in book form, there are no boobies or sexposition.

    Bran's story is a pure hero's journey story, like Luke Skywalker. Dany's story is just one of revenge and conquer, but boobies.

  • JoannaRobinson

    Well no "perhaps" about it brother, but that's fine. Different people like different thing. But it should be noted that most of the people capping on Bran down here in the comments are book readers. No need to sling the boobies and and sexposition accusation their way.

  • John G.

    People are spoiling in here, so I hope they are ALL book readers, but most of them seem to be saying that Bran in the book was fine, it's the TV Bran they're not in love with.

  • Swadian Knight

    I just hope they go full-on Del Toro on his appearance. For a show with such a unique setting, Game Of Thrones looks dreadfully generic a lot of the time.

  • Strand

    *Cue HBO bean-counter behind the camera in every scene, louding sighing and rubbing his thumb and forefinger together.*

  • J4Sho

    This makes me giddy with happiness!

  • Maddy

    I am more than OK with this news. What else were they planning to do with Bran next season? And I'm saying this as someone who is a pretty big fan of the Reeds in general (and OK I ship Bran/ Meera because it's adorable). I wonder if this means no Coldhands? I understand people being bored with Bran's storyline, but I still have faith it's going to payoff in the end into something awesome

  • MauraFoley

    I want Coldhands to make an appearance REAL BAD!

  • John G.

    I know, right. I can't believe they would leave him out.

  • MauraFoley

    They can't leave him out! I have a feeling he'll be important in 6/7, hopefully. I mean, 6 is supposedly "Winds of Winter" which BEGS for Coldhands action. I ship Coldhands and the giant flock of scary ravens HARD.

  • manting

    spoiler alert but didn't he die in the last book? The wights get him.

  • MauraFoley

    Ah I gotta read back then, i thought he just sort of ran away.

  • manting

    He doesnt die on the page exactly but he is surround by wights and getting his ass kicked. The COF say "he died long ago." The real question is who is he? Benjen Stark or someone else?

  • Xander

    Was this guy even in the books? I barely remember him being mentioned once maybe. Why is this such a big news?

  • John G.

    are you joking?

  • TenaciousJP

    This is news because this character arrives well into the fifth book -- which means they are great accelerating Bran's storyline since everyone else's storylines are still stuck in the third book.

    This is going to be a very interesting development for the fifth season of the show, when it will officially eclipse the books at this pace.

  • Milly

    Not all of the storylines are still from the third book lest you be reminded of Reek, it rhymes with freak.

  • TenaciousJP

    True, but the Reek events shown on screen in the third season were never stated in the books, just implied. If you're looking at things on the timeline, then it fits right in with everything else.

    The timeline shift is the main bullet point here. Apt comparisons would be if we saw Reek, Mance and the Spearwives in Winterfell, or Arya conduct her assassinations in Bravos during this next season. If GRRM doesn't finish Winds of Winter soon, Show Bran will be as current as Book Bran at the beginning of Season 5.

  • MauraFoley

    Did you even read the books!? Yes he was in the books! The caves north of the wall? The man growing out of the weirwood? Do you have no reading comprehension!? I AM LITERALLY TAKEN ABACK. (In that I pushed my office chair slightly backward while reading your comment.)

  • Xander

    I mostly skimmed the latter books. I am not a big fan of them but yeah now that you mention iy I do remember some weird frozen zombie helping them and then a second weird guy

  • MauraFoley

    Wow, if you only skimmed the books, then why the f**k are you here bitching about not knowing who this character is.

    ETA: I am secondhand embarrassed by your total inability to read a damn book.

  • Rranc

    Why are u being so rude?
    He just asked a question .

  • MauraFoley

    He asked a stupid question.

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  • Conor

    Cast Victarion and Euron, dangit!

  • Genevieve Burgess

    My mother prefers to consume her pop culture as an oral tradition she engages in with her children rather than reading/watching herself, so I've basically outlined all the books and the show for her. It is an endless source of amusement/confusion that I explained Bran to her by saying "He's going to become a tree."
    "Like, a magic tree. It's a special tree that some people used to worship and apparently they have people attached to them who can see out of them."
    "...a tree?"
    "Tell me more about the one with the dragons."

  • Sherry

    I had a slightly similar experience with my boss. I'd read all the books before the series started and once she started watching, she borrowed my books. I'll never forget the day she came in and said, "He becomes a tree? That can't be right."

  • Bonus points to your mother for that being the twist ending of Elfstones of Shannara.

  • TK

    If I had my way, they'd accelerate their story right the fuck out of the show. I feel like that story is interesting in theory, but good god did Martin drag it out.

  • Yeah, I was going to say "Bran and The Reeds were much better on paper than they’re proving on screen" is terrifying given how tedious it is in print. I skim the Bran chapters more lightly than I skim the eight page poems about trees in Tolkien.

  • Sherry

    The geek in me loves your analogy so much I want to marry it. Thank you.

  • Guest

    I dunno, it's been years since I read the books, but I remember looking forward to Bran's chapters. It was Daenerys that dragged for me (and kind of still does in the show). To each his/her own.

  • Ben

    I fly through Kingslayers chapters. Even the tedious ones where he is pining over Cersei while hating her at the same time.

  • Guest

    Yeah, me too. Jamie and Brienne were gold.

  • Milly

    Tangent, given that the Daenyrs sections also dragged for me, but which sections did you fly through and wish there was more of?

    For me it was Arya. Always. Anything she did was interesting.

  • manting

    Jamie, Davos, Tyrion.

  • Guest

    Yes! I always wanted more Arya. She and Tyrion are my favorites.

    The other Lannisters were always interesting, same for King's Landing stuff. Stannis bored the crap out of me.

  • Milly

    Yes! The King's Landing stuff, and the sparrows and Cersei's moves were enjoyable, particularly after the dour Stannis chapters about walking or money.

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  • manting

    yes absolutely. Loved the Knight of the laughing tree story which is actually a pretty big plot point in the entire series. Lots of shit happens at this tourney. We also get the Rat Cook story which is key for understanding the 3 big pies served at Ramsay's wedding.

  • There are stories? Dude I've read those books twice each, and I can't honestly tell you anything that happens in Bran's chapters off the top of my head.

  • Ben

    Umm they go to the wall.....then they meet the badass who rides the elk.....then I am not sure. Yeah I am in your same boat, read the books. Bran sucks.

  • John G.

    That's Crazy.

    It's the classic hero's journey.

    the hero begins in the ordinary world, and receives a call to enter an unknown world of strange powers and events. The hero who accepts the call to enter this strange world must face tasks and trials, either alone or with assistance. In the most intense versions of the narrative, the hero must survive a severe challenge, often with help. If the hero survives, he may achieve a great gift or "boon." The hero must then decide whether to return to the ordinary world with this boon. If the hero does decide to return, he or she often faces challenges on the return journey. If the hero returns successfully, the boon or gift may be used to improve the world.

  • Milly

    Old Nan > Reeds.

    Have her come back and tell all the stories in flashback mode when Bran could walk, and he was surrounded by his family.

  • Spoiler: Old Nan is Jon Snow's real mother.

  • Danar the Barbarian

    So Eddard Stark was like the Arnold Schwartnegger of his day? That's almost as creepy as some Lannister brother-lovin'.

  • Ian Fay

    Hey, there was that time they were lost and cold!

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