'Game of Thrones' has added yet another new face to its cast for Season 4 -- and with it comes a signficiant new magical element for the series. Struan Rodger's agency resume reports that the British actor has been cast in the series as the Three-Eyed Raven -- a mysterious character who is key to understanding the new powers of Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead-Wright).
If you'll remember, Bran's psychic "green dreams" have been littered with instances of a three-eyed raven ever since he was injured in Season 1. Rodger's character will be the human incarnation of the raven in those dreams, because, as it turns out, that raven isn't just all in Bran's head.
It's a cool role, made all the more interesting by the fact that the Three-Eyed Raven (called the Three-Eyed Crow in the source novels, presumably changed here to avoid association with the Night's Watch) doesn't pop up until the fifth novel, 'A Dance with Dragons.' Season 4 is only adapting the second half of the third novel, meaning that some elements of the book series are apparently being compressed a little in Season 4.
If you're wondering where you've heard of Rodger before, you might recognize him as the voice of the recurring character the Face of Boe on the British sci-fi series 'Doctor Who.' He also appeared in Season 3 of the BBC political satire 'The Thick of It,' and has appeared in several celebrated films such as 'Four Weddings and a Funeral,' "Young Adam,' 'Chariots of Fire,' and 'Stardust.'
What do you think of Rodger's casting? Are you excited to see more magical elements being added to 'Game of Thrones'?
'Game of Thrones' Season 4 will premiere in spring 2014.