While waiting for the next Game of Thrones season 6 episode, here's a the story of Three-eyed crow, the last greenseer. According to the books, it's certain that the real name of the character is Brynden Rivers, alias Lord Bloodraven. His story is quite fascinating.

GOT theories: who is Lord Bloodraven

Lord Brynden Rivers was a legitimized bastard of Aegon IV Targaryen (alias Aegon the Unworthy) and Melissa Blackwood. Her mistress was Shiera Seastar, a bastard of Aegon IV.

He was an albino with red eyes, white skin, and white hair. His nickname, Bloodraven, refers to a wine strain mark on his face similar to a raven. He was a thin bowman, believed to be a sorcerer.

Aegor Bittersteel Rivers, Brynden's half-brother, fell in love with Shiera and this fueled an increasing rivalry between the two.


During the first Blackfyre Rebellion Brynden, with his longbow and his Valyrian steel longsword Dark Sister, lead a group named the Raven's Teeth. During the Battle of the Redgrass Field, he lost an eye in a fight with Bittersteel. Brynden won the battle but Bittersteel survived the war and fled to Tyrosh. After that, Brynden became Hand of the King of Aerys I.

Brynden handled the second Blackfyre Rebellion, finally refusing Daemon II Blackfyre's single combat challenge and arresting him. During the third rebellion, Bittersteel was captured and Aerys I sent him to the Night's Watch, but Bittersteel managed to escape before reaching the Wall and fled again to Essos. Brynden continued to serve as Hand for Maekar I, but when Aegon V (former squire of Sir Duncan the Tall) became king, Bloodraven was arrested.

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Brynden, to escape a certain death, became a member of the Night's Watch.

The Night's Watch and the day Bloodraven disappeared

In 233 AC Brynden Rivers travelled to the Wall with ser Duncan the Tall and Maester Aemon. After 6 years, he became the Lord Commander of the Night's Watch. During the years before taking the black, Bloodraven was rumoured to be the one who really ruled the Seven Kingdoms with spies and sorceries. He always avoided putting a patch on his missing eye, and a popular riddle was: "How many eyes does Lord Bloodraven have? A thousand eyes, and one."

For decades, he fought his half-brother, and after 13 years as Lord Commander, he vanished beyond the Wall. No one knows how Bloodraven became the Three-eyed crow, but in the books many details leave no doubt: he says his name was Brynden, and Leaf tell Bran Stark that he "has a thousand eyes and one."

An important character still cloaked in mystery

The Three-eyed crow told Bran in A Dance with Dragons that the strongest trees have their roots in the dark places of the earth, and that Darkness will make him strong.

During an amazing scene in the same novel, Melisandre looks into the fire. For a moment, she thinks what she is seeing is Stannis' face, but then she realizes it's a wooden face on a pale corpse. Melisandre sees red eyes floating in the flames and thinks: "He sees me." And beside the Three-eyed crow face, she sees "a boy with a wolf's face."

Although Brynden's early life is full of shadows, the Children of the Forest truly believe in him. He's the last greenseer. He lived "beyond his mortal span [...] for us, for you [Bran], for the realms of men." We know many details of Bloodraven's life, nonetheless, his character is still a mystery.

Maybe we will know more about him in the next episode of Game of Thrones season 6, in which he will be present. Keep a thousand eyes and one on him, because directly or indirectly, he is going to play an important role in the battle against the Others.