Apparently there are a few fan favorite characters that will not be seeing any screen time when the Realm returns to HBO for Game of Thrones‘ fifth season. And, in a twist surprising to no one, many are not very pleased. Not very pleased at all.
While out in Australia promoting his Rave of Thrones tour, DJ Kristian Nairn casually dropped the bomb that he and Bran (played by Isaac Hempstead Wright) would NOT be seen at all in the fifth season of the series, currently in production across Europe. No Hodor? OH NODOR!
“We have a season off and we have a year’s hiatus,” the actor explained the Australian outpost of Yahoo! News before speculating, “Solely because, I imagine, our storyline is up to the end of the books…. So, I get my year off now to do Rave of Thrones and gallivant all over the world.”
Which is all well and great for Nairn — everyone deserves a break every so often — but the news does come as a bit of a shock considering where the series ended at the bow of season four.
(It should go without saying but spoilers — major ones! From the book! — ahead, my friends. Your last chance to turn around and live a life that’s spoil-free is RIGHT NOW. You’ve been warned!)
With Hodor and Bran having reached the home of the Three-Eyed Raven — the being he has been searching for since joining up with Jojen and Meera Reed — most fans assumed we’d finally see more of Bran and his journey as he’s been so regularly relegated to tertiary character status these past two or so seasons. Naturally, the news that he would be in a position quite opposite to our expectations has raised more than a few questions and concerns about just how the series will proceed as the world of Westeros and beyond grows increasingly complex, magical, and wide.
Of course the biggest one being: what does it all mean? And if we’re not going to get ANY Bran and Hodor this season, just how are they splitting up the stories this go-around? Are there any other storylines we won’t see picked up again in season five?
Fans of the books know that we’re heading into much stranger, and more spread-out territory, as far as A Song of Ice and Fire is concerned, with several main viewpoint characters missing completely from book five (where, no doubt, many of this season’s story lines have been culled). And with the increasing presence of magic in the world of the books, Bran’s point of view was pivotal to introducing that and highlighting the mysteries of the North now that he’s met up with the Three-Eyed Raven.
There are, naturally, alternatives to work with here. And it’s worth giving series showrunners D.B. Weiss and Dave Benioff the benefit of a doubt considering their adept work at consolidating and streamlining the insanely layered source material. Perhaps we’ll see more of the spread of magic in places like Braavos with Arya Stark and her Faceless Men, or even with Tyrion Lannister. And with most of Daenerys’ storyline thus far keeping her out of the picture for most of what would be included in this upcoming season, there’s a real opportunity to flesh that out a bit more, too. After all, the show has had no problem featuring things that have yet to be written about in the books, so why not? Lest you fear the wrath of angry book readers who fear getting clued into book six spoilers before its release.
Still, the news is quite big — what do you think about this shocking development? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!