Game of Thrones Season 4 Spoilers: Who Is the Three-Eyed Raven?
If you’re anything like we are, you were a little shocked to hear that the Three-Eyed Raven will be making an appearance in human-form during Game of ThronesSeason 4. A raven that’s a human? Huh? If you’re wondering what the deal is with this enigmatic character, look no further. We’ve got your answer right here, based on the A Song of Ice and Fire series.
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For nearly as long as GoT has been on the air, Bran Stark has been seeing a three-eyed raven in his prophetic dreams. So far, he doesn’t know the significance of the bird, but it looks like he’ll begin to find out in Season 4.
In A Song of Ice and Fire, the series of novels upon which GoT is based, the Three-Eyed Raven (crow in the books) is another name for the Last Greenseer. He lives far beyond the Wall and is capable of seeing the past, present, and future, and his purpose is to serve humanity. He’s very old, and literally has a Weirwood tree growing through him. He’s been coming to Bran in his dreams disguised as a three-eyed raven to develop Bran’s own greenseeing abilities, and to eventually guide him to him. Eventually, Bran does make it to the Last Greenseer, along with Hodor and the Reeds, and he learns his ultimate destiny: He is the Last Greenseer’s replacement (making the Last Greenseer the second-to-last?).
It’s unclear how much of the Three-Eyed Raven we’ll see in Season 4, but odds are it won’t be much. If Bran reaches him next season, he’s not going to have a lot to do going forward, since his storyline will be far ahead of all of the other characters on the show. Chances are the Three-Eyed Raven may start appearing to Bran next season in dreams in his human guise rather than as a bird, to try and explain to Bran the importance of his mission in less cryptic ways than he has in the past.
The Three-Eyed Raven is probably the most-hardcore fantasy element of the books, since his storyline also involves the Children of the Forest (essentially fairies), so it’s unclear how unchanged he’ll be from the books. The show’s crossover appeal is due in part to its keeping magic largely in the background and focusing on human stories, and the Last Greenseer from the books may prove too fantastical for the show’s feel. We’ll just have to wait and see in what direction they take the character.
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Rebecca Martin is an Associate Editor at Wetpaint Entertainment and our resident Game of Thrones, Pretty Little Liars, and genre TV expert. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!