Bran Stark and Hodor Will Not Appear in GAME OF THRONES Season 5

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Changes are afoot for Game of Thrones Season 5.  Though longtime fans of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire book series were surely happy to see the stories find widespread appreciation thanks to HBO’s massive hit series adaptation, that elation quickly turned to nervousness as showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss began to steamroll through the books while Martin takes his sweet time in writing the final two books of the series.  Martin has been adamant that his books would take years to adapt into television form, but Benioff and Weiss started covering a fair amount of material from the most recent book, A Dance with Dragons, in Season 4 and recently revealed plans to complete the show after seven seasons whether Martin is finished or not.

As a result of the fact that Benioff and Weiss are heading towards the conclusion of their TV series adaptation, a major storyline from the books will be sidelined for the entire fifth season: that of Bran Stark, Hodor, and their mysterious friends.  More after the jump.

game-of-thrones-season-5-hodorSpeaking with the Australian Broadcasting Commission (via Vulture), actor Kristian Nairn—who plays Hodor on the show—revealed that he and Isaac Hempstead-Wright—who plays Bran Stark—have this season off entirely:

“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.”

Indeed, once book fans saw where Bran and Hodor’s storyline ended up at the end of Season 4, many began wondering just how the series was going to move forward.  An easy fix on the end of Weiss and Benioff is to simply put that story on “pause” for a season.  Though it’s a bit frustrating given that Bran’s story left on a pretty major cliffhanger at the end of Season 4, it’s an understandable work-around.

Game of Thrones has a tendency to feel crowded at times as Weiss and Benioff try their hardest to service all of the many storylines and characters, so I could actually see the absence of the Bran storyline working in the show’s favor in the upcoming season.

Whether George R.R. Martin finishes his book series or not, the end is nigh for Game of Thrones on HBO, so here’s hoping Weiss and Benioff have carve out a satisfying conclusion to this epic fantasy saga.  Game of Thrones Season 5 will premiere on HBO next spring.

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  • Jimmy

    Not complaining, every episode suddenly gets really boring when Bran shows up. Same with the book, I just kind of skimmed through his chapters to see if any other characters are mentioned.

    • Professor Dickweed

      The scholar among us

      • joeybot

        Yeah, the movie about fantasy dragons and shit needs a more scholarly approach.

    • Jackson

      If it’s because of boring chapters, they should take off Tyrion and Arya too, since their new plots in Feast/Dance are PAIN to read…

      And what about Theon, that had no chapters in Storm?

      • Jimmy

        No, I like all three and their stories, Bran is just my least favorite.

    • pdderek

      You’ve missed so much then. While not filled with whoring nor boozing, the things you’ll learn about back-stories, myths, and the past in general (along with Bran eating jojen) make the Bran chapters more than worth-while.

  • Leo Spaceman

    Hodor needs to smack a Bitch for this.

    • Bob and Rob Piccob

      Hodor would never smack Bran. Hodor Hodors Bran.

  • Grendal Sven

    This is where the books become a slog, I felt like the 1st three were great, then he went to like,12 pov’s in this one and all of a sudden… nobody gets anywhere, including the author. I have literally read thousands of books, and this one could not hold my interest. I conceded defeat about halfway through and moved on to something else.

    • Jimmy

      My feelings too. I didn’t want to follow new characters, I wanted to find out what happened to the one’s I’m already following. I had trouble remembering who all the new ones were.

      • pdderek

        so it wasn’t the book but your inability to handle new characters in your brain? Got it!

      • joeybot

        I love the defensive nerds who have to chime in. I’m watching the show and it seems to me like, they REALLY need to introduce a whole new storyline at this point? They have a ton of interesting characters, who gives a shit about Dorne?

      • pdderek

        The author didn’t write what YOU wanted to read?! How dare he

      • Pernell Whitaker

        Someone shares HIS opinion on something?! How dare he

      • joeybot

        So you must love every single story you’ve ever read, otherwise your point is stupid. Cause every time you don’t like something you don’t like that the author wrote what you didn’t want to read, you dork. Are you wearing a Gandalf robe right now?

    • agent777

      Feast for Crows takes some getting used too, but it’s great. Easily one of the best in the series.

      • piscx77

        i mean, theres only 6 in the series. I can accept Feast for its faults and am hardly a basher of any of these novels – but if its one of the best in the series, i beg of you to rank them for me. I just can’t imagine how feast could be higher than any of the others

      • agent777

        Well I’m decended from fishermen and the Greyjoy’s capture that lifestyle wonderfully. The Damphair is great, the King’s Moot was a hoot. I get the Iron Islanders and I love them.

        The Martyll’s are fantastic, and I can’t even imagine this world without them now.

        And Cersei, getting inside her head is amazing. What a great character. He chapters are amongst the best.

        The Brienne and Podrick adventures… it is just a great book. The first three blend together, Dance has alot of great stuff but is very akwardly set up. Feast I find to be very satisfying. I think about it the most out of all the books.

        I’d say Feast and Clash of Kings are my favorites. And yes it is silly to rank these because when all is said and done it’s one piece, one work.

      • pdderek

        I will handle this:

        1) Feast for Crows
        2) Storm of Swords
        3) A Dance with Dragons
        4) A Game of Thrones
        5) A Clash of Kings

        Admittedly upon reading the series initially I hated Feast. However, having then finished ADwD I realized how important book four is and what a disservice I’d done in skimming the new people’s chapters. Upon second reading (of the entire series), Feast became my favorite.

        How can you not be intrigued by the Euron story? By Jamie suddenly becoming ‘human’ and not just a monster king killer oathbreaker? By Cersei’s utter breakdown and failure to keep a pulse on the realm?

      • Brian James

        I agree. Most of the hate towards Feast is due to the fact that the first 3 novels came out fairly quickly, and years later, we finally got a book 4, and half of our characters aren’t even in it.

        Books 4 and 5 are more like 1 novel that starts a new trilogy, as a sequel to the first trilogy. I look at it that way. Feast has a few scenes that are among the best in the entire series, like Maester Aemons death for instance. Pure poetry.

        I bet season 5 of the show will actually kick serious ass. There will be a few major changes, like Jamie and Bronn in Dorne, but I think it’ll work. We’ll see, but I bet it’ll be great.

        B

    • pdderek

      You read half the book and declared that “nobody gets anywhere”…

      Do you see the contradiction? Hmmmmm?

      I understand the frustration with an absence of characters. And upon my first reading of the series book four was by far my least favorite.

      I have now read the series twice. Knowing WHERE book five goes you will understand how necessary (and awesome) book four really is.

      It went from worst to first on my second read through. And book Five is REALLY good so that says a lot.

    • Joshua

      wow for someone who seems very literate you say that you have “LITERALLY READ THOUSANDS OF BOOKS” that is just not possible, for you to read thousands of books you would have to be reading non stop for years, unless you have “literally skimmed through thousands of books” I swear the word LITERALLY needs to have its meaning updated it is like nobody uses this word correctly anymore.

      • Grendal Sven

        No, I have literally read thousands of books, as in, literally cover to cover. I’m sorry if I touched on your fanboy nerve.

      • Calculator

        Well, for you to literally read thousands of books (so a minumum of 2000 books, for the plural to apply) you would have to consistently read one book a day for 5 and a half years, or a book every other day for 11 years, or one book a week for 38 and half years. And assuming you only meant 2000 books.

        While I don’t know your age, this seems implausible, unless you’re just counting all the times you read “Where the Wild Things Are” (generally children’s books car really jack up those numbers).

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  • Ayra

    Bran is the worst.

  • Hodor

    Hodor!

  • Hodor

    Hodor!

  • doctor_robot

    hopefully, they recast bran when they return. he’s gotton so tall and has aged so quickly… and when being carried around by hodor, it just looks kind of ridiculous.

    • Professor Dickweed

      And stupidest idea ever award goes to…

      • doctor_robot

        ever? shit… you need to get out more.

      • Pernell Whitaker

        I couldn’t agree more. The kid has outgrown this role, he’ll be as tall as Hodor when they come to film again.

  • eternalozzie

    Bran has already been on the backburner the whole time and now written out next season … this show is so irritating … so little happens each season … it sounds from other comments the books are even worse. 3 seasons of crap coming to the wall and now that it’s there I don’t think I even care any more.

    • piscx77

      well. the books did this. i realize its a different medium entirely.. but it makes sense. and it’ll build up some anticipation for his return in season 6/season 5 finale.

      and again theres the argument that, well, no one is forcing you to watch it. you’re the one paying for HBO.

      • piscx77

        and, the good thing is that unlike the books, we know for sure when we’ll get more Bran. won’t be waiting on the mercy of Georgie to finish writing!

      • eternalozzie

        don’t get me wrong … there is so much of the show that i do love but it’s aggravating

    • agent777

      I really feels as if there was no plan. That they had four books worth of material that they could of planned out in some way, and they have just winged it.

      “Oh lets recast Tommen… yeah the actors been in three seasons but we want him to be able to get it on… so yeah will just dump the kid, will cast the kid who died last season.”

      • LuckyDay

        I hope they do it again in season six, recast Bran with maybe a brunette Jack Gleeson/Joffrey, or hell even CGI the Viper’s face onto a little black kid, I don’t care I’m seeing this shit thru All the way

    • pdderek

      By all means leave. Or go READ A BOOK rather than listening to the trolls of the multiverse complaining as your book review.

      • eternalozzie

        wow … angry much? comment sections are for discussing the topic and that’s what the rest of us are doing … and as far as trolls go you have a little goat stuck in your teeth ;)

  • agent777

    This show is the new True Blood. It will suffer from breezing through some of the best, most cinematic material in any fantasy series ever. Season 2 was garbage, and the book was like a damn screenplay. Benioff and Weiss are hacks, assholes and likely perverts and that’s from a David Lynch fan.

    • piscx77

      you know, i recently reread Clash of Kings and i was shocked at how much the book WASNT a screenplay. dragonstone, all the additional Robb junk, the changes with harrenhall.. you can complain all you want, but it certainly wasn’t a paint by numbers adaptation of the book

      • agent777

        The begining set up Stannis wonderfully. It fits with the prolouge in the first season. It focuses you attetion on Stannis and Davos. The way they did Stannis was as confussing as possible and I was convinced that I had missed the first episode.

        Dany’s scenes in the Warlock castle was trippy and wonderful. In the show she just wandered around sets and FX shots they had already made. Lazy as hell.

        The scenes with Ramsey and Theon in Winterfell were made to be adapted in some form. It’s like something out of a Scorcese or Tarantino movie.It’s just plain great storytelling. It would of had people on the edge of there seat, instead of scratching their heads in confussion. Once again in the show Ramsey is just some dude who randomly messes with Theon and randomly decides to call him Reek.

      • pdderek

        The story of Reek (the original stinky-Reek) is not revealed in the books until ADwD. So your complaints are ill-founded.

      • MJ

        Reek’s story wasn’t covered until A Dance With Dragons, moron.

        Here is an idea — know what you are talking about next time you post something as incendiary as your dumb-ass remarks here.

      • Brian James

        The original Reek was in A Clash of Kings(as in the first character named Reek that we SAW, not the original “friend of Ramsays that was a gift from Roose”). Well, it was actually Ramsay pretending to be a character named Reek, which we find out in Dance, bit I digress. In Clash, Reek/Ramsay was whispering in Theons ear for nearly the entire time he was at Winterfell. Reek/Ramsay was also the one who flayed and burned the two boys who were posed as Bran and Rickon. It was a much crazier story than what season 2 of the series showed. I believe that is what Agent meant.

        The actual Reek stuff (as in all 3 versions of the character) is pretty insane when you think about how George showed it to us. I don’t think the tv show did it anywhere near as well, but how George did it was impossible on screen. We can’t get INTO Theons head ala Dance, so it can never really be quite as off-putting.

        I will also add that book Ramsay is terrifying. Show Ramsay is a cartoon. Totally miscast, imo. It is one of the few things I downright complain about, tbh. I love the series and the majority of the changes normally.

        lol I just to had to add a few things in edit mode for clarification. :)

        B

      • the king of comedy

        I disagree I think THeon is one of the best actors in the series and doing a Reek like in the books would have been imposible.

      • Brian James

        Re-read my post. I said show Ramsay is miscast, not Theon.

      • pdderek

        Your entire whine filled complaint ended with a remark about ramsay randomly calling theon Reek. That story isnt explained until adwd moron

      • MJ

        I assume you are addressing agent7777, because that is what I just said? Duh. We are in full agreement, Einstein.

    • Rev

      Season 2 was amazing. Lots of great Renly scenes, Jaime’s imprisonment, lots of strategic moves by many different parties, Arya’s scary journey, Dany does all sorts of stuff – almost loses her dragons, all the action north of the wall, jeez – on and on and on. Wonderful season.

      If Season 2 was garbage, I’d like some more garbage, please.

    • MJ

      Perhaps the most dumb-ass comment I have ever seen on the internet….

      I have read the novels, and this is one of those rare instances where the flimed version vastly exceeds the source material. The novels are above average, but by no means great. The series is EASILY the best series on TV of all time.

      • the king of comedy

        Even tough Game of Thrones is my favorite TV show as well, I don`t think we can count our personal opinions as facts, I can understand why some people would claim that shows like The Sopranos, Breaking Bad or The Wire might be considered the best shows ever made (even critics support these shows more than GOT), so I don`t think Game of Thrones has that title of easily being the best of all time, and the books are great, while the TV adaptation is amazing and made some changes they made I consider to be better than the books, there are some other aspects that could have been handled better and were dissapointing in the show (Danny`s and most important of all Stanis stories).

  • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/ tarek

    As long as Arya is around, I’m ok. She’s my fav.

    • Pernell Whitaker

      You know it tarek. I’ve been waiting for her reunion with Jaqen H’ghar since forever…

      • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/ tarek

        Valar morghulis.

      • Pernell Whitaker

        Valar dohaeris.

  • Rev

    Hodor.
    :-(

  • Zenexo

    Bran’s actor looks like he ages 5 years between seasons. I can just imagine how old he’s gonna look after a year off from the show.

  • Redjester

    I guess I’m a member of the outlier that loves all the Bran stuff. Same thing goes for Jon Snow. Two of my favorite characters/plotlines, actually.

  • MJ

    This seven season limit seems rather artificial to me. Should be 8 to 10 seasons.

  • george

    when is winter coming?

  • illipsis

    Good. The actor that plays Bran does a fine job, but the character does metric fuck-all in the books. Those quickly became the most brutal chapters to read because NOTHING happened in them. Even emo Tyrion and Cersei getting salty about errything were more consistently entertaining. Honestly a lot more excited about the next season then I thought I’d be (the books kind of peaked at Storm for me)…they seem to be cutting out a lot of extraneous details and less compelling storylines from Feast and Dance.

  • mattinacan

    HBO has shredded this story to pieces. I know they were worried about the actors growing up too fast, but I don’t see why they have rushed this series the way they have. Each book could have been two seasons easily and not cut so much material, and they wouldn’t be caught up to the books already.

    • Person

      Then it would take them 15 years to adapt the whole thing, which hbo would never want to do.

    • the king of comedy

      I actually tough it was great the way they adapted books 1 and 2 into 1 season each, and book 3 had to be used for 2 seasons since that book is the biggest and has lots of important events. I`m glad with the way they adapted the books so far, and I like the decision of taking out bran this season, he`ll be a much interestinf character once he returns next season and for now we have more room for all the new characters that need to appear this season

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