Star Wars: The Force Awakens and The Exorcist actor Max von Sydow has boarded Game of Thones season 6, taking over from Struan Rodger as the Three-Eyed Raven.
The mysterious character was only seen briefly in season 4, but will return next season when Bran Stark’s story is picked back up.
The Three-Eyed Raven will teach the only surviving male Stark how to hone his ‘warging’ techniques - the ability to control the body of other creatures and humans.
According to Variety, von Sydow won’t have a huge amount of screen time in the role, but it will still be a pivotal one.
Last week, we learned that Deadwood’s Ian McShane will also be joining the cast of the HBO show for season 6. His character hasn’t been disclosed, though he is rumoured to be playing either a Greyly or a Tarly.
GoT has repeatedly re-cast characters, having previously switched actors for Daarion Naharis, King Tommen, Myrcella Baratheon and The Mountain (several times in his case).
Shocking Game of Thrones scenes
Shocking Game of Thrones scenes
1/9 Sansa/Ramsey rape scene
Season 5, episode 6: Fans were outraged as the episode ended with Sansa Stark being brutally raped by her new husband, Ramsey. The camera soon panned to Theon as he watched on, terrified.
2/9 Shireen burns at the stake
Season 5, episode 9:Stannis burns his daughter Shireen at the stake after Red Priestess Melisandre advises him to make a sacrifice to gain more power
3/9 Theon gets his penis chopped off
Season 3, episode 10: While being tortured by Ramsey, Theon Greyjoy goes through all sorts of pain. The most horrible though is when his penis is cut off and then sent to his family.
4/9 George Bush’s head on spike
Season 1, episode 10: According to the directors, they couldn’t get enough prosthetic heads made up for the show and ended up using the spare one’s lying around. One of those just happened to be the fake head of George Bush, which eventually ended up on a spike.
5/9 Joffrey murders two prostitutes
Season 2, episode 4: In one of his most violent moments, Joffrey finds himself with two prostitutes in his room and the most disgusting thing he can think to do with them, uses them as living targets.
6/9 The Red Wedding
Season 3, episode 9: It was the turning point for the entire show. Just as everyone thought it was going the Starks way, they nearly all end up murdered in one of the bloodiest episodes of any TV series ever.
7/9 Rat torture
Season 2, episode 4: Torture is a pretty common occurrence on Game of Thrones, but none were quite a bad as this. In the scene a bucket of rats is put to a man’s chest and then heated up with a flame so they must eat through the man to escape. Terrifying.
8/9 Mountain head explosion
Season 4, episode 8: Just as everything was going Oberyn Martell’s way, it all literally blew up in his face. The warrior ended up looking like a squashed watermelon in one of the most awful scenes in the entire series.
9/9 Theon botched beheading
Season 2, episode 6: Beheadings: In one of the more gruesome beheadings, Theon strikes Ser Rodrick Cassel not just once but four times in the neck, finally taking it all the way off with a kick.
Von Sydow has a history of playing wizened and/or nefarious characters, and is expected to play a Sith lord in the upcoming Star Wars sequel.
HBO said recently that the current plan is for Game of Thrones to run for eight seasons, with a possibility of a prequel thereafter.
Season 6 is expected to arrive on HBO and Sky Atlantic in April 2016.Reuse content