Season six of Game of Thrones returns in April, and with it comes Bran Stark, who was last seen going under a weirwood tree beyond the Wall in season four to meet the Three-Eyed Raven. This mysterious entity has featured prominently in the series since the first episode, and it has been teased that it will teach Bran how to harness his magical abilities. But who is the Three-Eyed Raven? What do we know about it?
Through the show… very little. But thanks to George R.R. Martin’s books and compendiums, we have a pretty extensive history of the man we saw under the weirwood tree at the end of season four. (Warning: Book spoilers and speculation ahead!) While Jojen Reed has referred to the Three-Eyed Raven as an embodiment of Bran’s own powers, it is generally agreed that the one controlling it and pushing Bran to come north is a greenseer once known to the Seven Kingdoms as Bloodraven.
Lord Bloodraven was born Brynden Rivers in 175 AD, a bastard child of King Aegon the Unworthy. He was an albino with white skin, red eyes, and a birthmark on the side of his face that some said resembled a raven, earning him the nickname Bloodraven. But that moniker didn’t come into wide usage until Brynden made a name for himself during the first Blackfyre Rebellion. He lost an eye during the Battle of Redgrass Field, but still managed to kill his half-brother Daemon Blackfyre, effectively ending the rebellion.