For the upcoming season five of Game of Thrones, two characters will not be returning: the well-loved disyllabic Hodor and the young, crippled lord Bran Stark, with the actor for the former Kristian Nairn confirming that he and Issac Hempstead-Wright who plays Bran ‘have a year’s hiatus’.
Although both had a major part to play in season four, travelling beyond the Wall to meet The Children, but will not appear in any of the new ten episodes that are expected next year.
In an interview with Yahoo!, Nairn said: “We have a season off and we have a year’s hiatus, solely because I imaging our storyline is up to the end of the books. So, get my year off now to do Rave of Thrones and gallivant all over the world.”
The Rave of Thrones he is referring to is an actual thing, where Nairn himself will be going on an international tour as DJ for the Game of Thrones themed raves, including coming to New York City in October.
Nairn also talked of how difficult it actually was to play a character who has a one-word vocabulary in the show, saying that it could come across as a bit “panto”.
“People say ‘Right, you’ve only got one line, you’ve either got the hardest job in the show, or you’ve got the easiest job.’ You have to tread between you don’t want to do your huge panto reactions in the background; you have to be subtle and real.
“It’s challenging and sometimes I have to snap myself back around afterwards.”
Season five of Game of Thrones is yet to be given a release date, but has started to recruit directors from shows such as Breaking Bad and Boardwalk Empire.