Warning: Spoilers for “Game of Thrones” Season 4 and the “A Song of Ice and Fire” books up through “A Dance With Dragons” contained in this article.
It seems as though “Game of Thrones” Season 4 will be delving deep into Bran Stark’s (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) timeline. The recently released trailer and previous casting news points to the young Stark’s storyline moving forward into “A Dance With Dragons” territory.
In the above still from the Season 4 trailer, Bran touches a weirwood while Hodor looks on behind him. While this could be from a different scene in the upcoming season, it seems likely that this moment comes after Bran has met Bloodraven.
Bloodraven, also known in the books as the Three-Eyed Crow and in the show as the Three-Eyed Raven, will be played by Struan Rodger in Season 4. The introduction of his character alone is confirmation that Bran’s storyline will be progressing farther than the other characters’ in the upcoming season. Season 4 will include storylines from book 3, “A Storm of Swords,” and book 4, “A Feast for Crows,” as well as seemingly book 5, “A Dance With Dragons.”
In addition to the mysterious Three-Eyed Crow Bran has long been seeing in his dreams, a young actress has been cast as Child of the Forest. Octavia Alexandru will play the first Child of the Forest that viewers will meet in “Game of Thrones,” which hopefully means the Children’s mythology will finally be explored on the HBO TV show. Many believe Alexandru will be playing Leaf, the Child of the Forest who is seen with the Three-Eyed Crow in “A Dance With Dragons.”
When viewers last saw Bran in “Game of Thrones,” he, Jojen and Meera finally crossed over the Wall to travel to meet the Three-Eyed Crow. Jojen believes the Three-Eyed Crow will be able to help Bran control his ability to warg and help him realize his full magical potential.
In the “A Song of Ice and Fire” novels, Bran only gets a small amount of page time in “A Dance With Dragons,” and isn’t seen at all in “A Feast For Crows.” His TV show storyline will need to be fleshed out if he’s to get any serious amount of screen time in the series without completely passing where he was left off in the novels. Book 6, “The Winds of Winter,” is still potentially years out.
So what’s likely for Bran in Season 4? If he just meets Bloodraven in Season 4 but doesn’t learn about his ability to see through the weirwoods, that will still leave some storyline left to be explored in Season 5 (and give author George R.R. Martin more time to publish “The Winds of Winter”). “Game of Thrones Season 5 is expected to be the first season of the show to contain any flashbacks.
“Game of Thrones” Season 4 premieres April 6 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.