Bran, Hodor, and Meera Not Appearing in Game of Thrones Season 5. HBO‘s Game of Thrones: Season 5 will not feature Brandon Stark (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) or Hodor (Kristian Nairn) but will feature Tycho Nestoris (Mark Gatiss), the Braavosi banker, who appeared in Season 4. The reason Bran and Hodor will not be appearing in Season 5 is because their storyline has reached its conclusion as per George R.R. Martin‘s book A Dance With Dragons. Kristian Nairn reached the same conclusion: “We [Hodor and Bran] 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.”
By extrapolation, Meera Reed (Ellie Kendrick) will not be appearing in Season 5 of Game of Thrones either since she is with Bran and Hodor.
Since there are no other books in the A Song of Ice and Fire book series beyond A Dance of Dragons, there is no more story for Game of Thrones writers to translate onto the small screen for Bran, Hodor, Meera, and all the other characters. It will (possibly) be years before Martin finishes The Winds of Winter, the sixth book in the A Song of Ice and Fire book series.
Here is the problem: even if The Winds of Winter manages to comes out after Game of Thrones: Season 5 reaches its conclusion, in two seasons time (two years) season seven of Game of Thrones (using the material from The Winds of Winter) will have been reached its conclusion. What then?
The next A Song of Ice and Fire book after The Winds of Winter will not be published for 5 to 9 years, maybe longer. The writers of Game of Thrones will have to create their own storylines, character deaths, new character entries, etc. during that time period.
Those seasons will not have George R.R. Martin’s story brace to lean on like the other seasons had. If the quality of the show drops during those seasons, that deficit will be blamed.
And then there is this:
It’ll also be interesting to see what HBO does with the fact that Hempstead-Wright will continue to age as he sits out a season. Time is passing much slower on the show than it is in real life, and Hempstead-Wright already looks very different from the cutesy little moppet we met in Season 1.
If Isaac Hempstead-Wright decides to lift weights and/or joins his high school football team, he will look even more different.
On Game of Thrones:
Game of Thrones is an American fantasy drama television series created for HBO by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss. It is an adaptation of A Song of Ice and Fire, George R. R. Martin’s series of fantasy novels, the first of which is titled A Game of Thrones. The episodes are mainly written by Benioff and Weiss, who are the executive producers alongside Martin, who writes one episode per season. Filmed in a Belfast studio and on location elsewhere in Northern Ireland, Malta, Scotland, Croatia, Iceland, the United States, Spain and Morocco, it premiered on HBO in the United States on April 17, 2011. Two days after the fourth season premiered in April 2014, HBO renewed Game of Thrones for a fifth and sixth season.
The series, set on the fictional continents of Westeros and Essos at the end of a decade-long summer, interweaves several plot lines. The first follows the members of several noble houses in a civil war for the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms; the second covers the rising threat of the impending winter and the mythical creatures of the North; the third chronicles the attempts of the exiled last scion of the realm’s deposed dynasty to reclaim the throne. Through its morally ambiguous characters, the series explores issues of social hierarchy, religion, loyalty, corruption, civil war, crime, and punishment.
Game of Thrones has attracted record numbers of viewers on HBO and obtained an exceptionally broad and active international fan base. It received widespread acclaim by critics, although its frequent use of nudity, violence and sexual violence has attracted criticism. The series has won numerous awards and nominations, including a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Drama Series for its first four seasons, a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Television Series – Drama, a Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation in both Long Form and Short Form, and a Peabody Award. Among the ensemble cast, Peter Dinklage won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series and the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film for his role as Tyrion Lannister.
Game of Thrones: Season 4’s cast included:
Cast regulars for the fourth season of GAME OF THRONES include: Emmy® and Golden Globe winner Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Charles Dance, Aidan Gillen, Jack Gleeson, Kit Harington, Diana Rigg, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Alfie Allen, Jerome Flynn, Conleth Hill, John Bradley, Gwendoline Christie, Liam Cunningham, Stephen Dillane, Natalie Dormer, Iain Glen, Kristofer Hivju, Sibel Kekilli, Rose Leslie, Rory McCann, Michael McElhatton, Iwan Rheon and Carice van Houten.
Game of Thrones: Season 4’s new cast members included: Yuri Kolokolnikov, Roger Ashton-Griffiths, Lu Corfield, Paola Dionisotti, Hoji Fortuna, Mark Gatiss, Joseph Gatt, Rupert Vansittart, Dean-Charles Chapman, Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, Indira Varma, Pedro Pascal, Owen Teale, Andy Beckwith, Kate Dickie, Dominic Carter, Daniel Portman, Michiel Huisman, Ed Skrein, Joel Fry, Alisdair Simpson, Daniel Rabin, Jane McGrath, Deirdre Monaghan, Saffie Jacobs, and Sarine Sofair.
Game of Thrones: Season 5’s new cast members include: Alexander Siddig, Toby Sebastian, Nell Tiger Free, DeObia Oparei, Enzo Cilenti, Jessica Henwick, Rosabell Laurenti Sellers, Keisha Castle-Hughes, and Jonathan Pryce.
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