Well Game of Thrones fans were treated to some very interesting news recently. It seems that Bran Stark and Hodor won't be coming back for season 5! What. The ......?! Weren't they kind of part of a pretty large storyline last season?
That's right, on September 3, Kristian Nairn, who plays Hodor (HOW DO WE GET THROUGH A WHOLE SEASON WITHOUT A "HODOR"??), confirmed that both he and Isaac Hempstead-Wright won't be returning to film season 5.
Goodness, Isaac has already grown up enough after his debut in season 1. He will be a 30-year-old by the time he makes an appearance in season 6. Yes, that's an exaggeration. He is currently 15 years old.
But this is still some pretty shocking news for the series. Time to cross off "Hodor" on your GoT drinking game list. This is so tragic.
"We have a season off and we have a year's hiatus, solely because I imagine our storyline is up to the end of the books," Kristian said. "So, I get my year off now to do Rave of Thrones and gallivant all over the world."
Yes, Hodor will keep DJing, rest assured. And, when you are forced to think about it, after you're done freaking out over losing yet ANOTHER Stark, it kind of makes sense.
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BOOK AND SEASON 4 SPOILERS AHEAD.
So season 4 ended with Bran and Hodor meeting the children of the forest and the three-eyed crow, in human form as a creepy version of Albus Dumbledore, under the tree. That's pretty much as far as it gets in the novels by George R. R. Martin. This year off will hopefully make time for The Winds of Winter to get published to pick up on Bran's storyline. C'mon, George! Let's get it done!
In A Dance With Dragons, Bran learns the three-eyed crow was named Brynden, and then he learns more about greenseeing and skinchanging. He's able to see his father, Eddard Stark, through Winterfell's heart tree. So I'm guessing because of this, there may not be a Sean Bean cameo like a lot of fans were hoping for. He sees lots of flashes from the past but cannot speak to them or make sense of them. And that's pretty much where we leave off with Bran.
And no, in the book, Jojen Reed does not die. He does become weak and depressed, though, and wishes to go home. Poor guy.
But all that aside, no season of this?
Considering the next season will take us to Dorne (where the Red Viper was from!) and will most likely introduce us to a whole new bunch of characters, this was probably inevitable. And fans might miss Hodor more than they miss Bran. Seriously, does anyone miss Rickon? And show producers had to take a lot of liberties with Bran's storyline to keep it interesting. Looks like we'll have to wait all the way until season 6 to check back in with a much older and wiser Bran.
Oh, Hodor. Hodor Hodor Hodor. Yes. You know what that means.
What do you think of the decision to eliminate Hodor and Bran completely from season 5?
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