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

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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.

Hodor and Bran - Game of Thrones

"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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Game of Thrones Quotes

Tyrion: Let me give you some advice bastard. Never forget what you are. The rest of the world will not. Wear it like armor, and it can never be used to hurt you.
Jon: What the hell do you know about being a bastard?
Tyrion: All dwarfs are bastards in their father's eyes.

I will hurt you for this. A day will come when you think you are safe and happy, and your joy will turn to ashes in your mouth. And you will know the debt is paid.

Tyrion Lannister