A few days ago we brought you the news that Deadwood star Ian McShane had signed up for Game of Thrones Season 6 in a super-secret mystery role. Well, we didn’t bring it to you – that was Entertainment Weekly, but we aggregated it.
Once again, we (Entertainment Weekly) bring you the news that another screen legend has been cast as none other than the Three-Eyed Raven – Max von Sydow!!
Okay, I feel like some sort of wrestling announcer. Putting away the microphone now.
If there’s one thing this show is (mostly) good at then it’s casting. Sydow is perfect, and I’m shocked that fans hadn’t come up with this suggestion before. We have seen this guy before in the Season 4 finale where the character was played by Struan Rodger, but it isn’t awfully surprising that the role has been recast given his importance going forward (and he was incredibly underwhelming). Max von Sydow is a true screen legend; he’s played Jesus, a Bond villain and he’ll be popping up in this year’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens. He’s a good get.
A little background. The Three-Eyed Raven has been hyped up way back since the second episode of Season 1 appearing in Bran’s visions, but he only appeared in human form in the fourth season. After the little lord skipped out Season 5 he’s back this year and is ready to learn all about magic and greenseeing from ‘the last greenseer’. His real name is Brynden Rivers, nicknamed ‘Bloodraven’. Bloodraven is the ex-Master of Whisperers and Hand of the King in King’s Landing, is a Targaryen bastard, put down four rebellions, ruled as Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch and was also a warg and dabbled in all dark magic out there. Basically, he’s fucking cool.
Now he’s hanging up North of the Wall in a tree, teaching Bran Stark how to fly.
Unfortunately, there had to be this little bit at the end of the article,
Both McShane and von Sydow are not expected to have a lot of screen time next season, but both roles are crucial in their own way.
Since McShane’s role is unknown we can’t comment on his lack of screen time, but Bloodraven not appearing often is puzzling. He should be appearing whenever Bran is, since his character can’t exactly move. This could mean that Bran will only be appearing in three or four episodes too, which sucks. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.
Game of Thrones Season 6 hits next April, with Ian McShane and Max von Sydow hooking up with Westeros. Should we expect more casting soon…?