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Game Of Thrones Three Eyed Raven
Struan Rodger as the Three Eyed Raven in Season 4 of Game Of Thrones

In the wake of the news about Ian McShane’s casting in Season 6 of Game Of Thrones, we have yet another big name confirmed for HBO’s fantasy juggernaut: none other than Flash Gordon and future Star Wars: The Force Awakens star Max von Sydow.

Unlike McShane, we already know who von Sydow is playing, thanks to EW. He will be playing the Three-Eyed Raven (previously played in Season 4 by Struan Rodger), the mystical being who is seen instructing Bran Stark. The casting of a bigger name indicates that he’ll have a more prominent role this season (although since the show has now caught up with the books, we’re now officially none the wiser).

Coupled with the reappearance of Bran Stark, as well as the continuing debate over whether or not Jon Snow is actually alive, and anticipation is already high for a show that is the better part of nine months away from returning.

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