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Game of Thrones Season 5: Who's Out?!?

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SHOCKING GAME OF THRONES SPOILER ALERT!

In an interview with Yahoo in Australia this week, Kristian Nairn - the actor behind Hodor on this HBO smash - revealed the unexpected news that neither his character nor Bran Stark will appear on Game of Thrones Season 5.

It's safe to assume the same can be said of their traveling companion, Meera.

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"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,” Nairn said. “So, I get my year off now to do [my DJ show] Rave of Thrones and gallivant all over the world."

This comes as a surprise because Game of Thrones Season 4 concluded with Bran and his cohorts finally encountering the three-eyed raven (or a manifestation thereof), even losing Jojen along the way.

Game of Thrones Season 5, meanwhile, will premiere some time next spring and take viewers to Dorne.

Confirmed new cast members include Jonathan Pryce (the Pirates of the Caribbean films) and Alexander Siddig (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine).

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Not a surprise. The end of last season is as far as those characters have gone in the books. Until the author writes some more, they need to go into stasis until everybody else catches up. Otherwise, that storyline will go seriously out of sync with the others. Presumably, Bran needs to meet somebody somewhere, and they won't get there for at least another season... maybe two. Sort of a problem for a TV series, since the actor playing Bran is getting older while the character is not, but I suppose we can assume he spends years up north getting trained before he reemerges.

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No...The books have Bran training with the raven dude. Actually, they may have already left there too...

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