|Source: Game of Thrones Wiki|
Regular guest star Kristian Nairn has today revealed new details on the narrative status of his character and two other key constructs in the much-anticipated incoming fifth season of HBO's cult fantasy drama Game of Thrones. Based primarily on the events of A Feast for Crows, the new run will once again star Peter Dinklage as Tyrion, Lena Headey as Cersei, Maisie Williams as Arya and all of the other stars we've come to know and love over the years - assuming they made it through the turbulent fourth series, of course.
Well, almost all of them. Nairn - who has portrayed the surprisingly multi-dimensional character of Hodor since Season Two, if our memory isn't playing tricks on us on this early Autumn eve - confirmed in an interview that Hodor, Bran Stark and Meera Reed will each return with a bang in Season Six, but no earlier. He said: "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." The increasingly beloved actor isn't wrong with regards to the speed with which executive producers D.B. Weiss and David Benioff have adapted the A Song of Ice and Fire novels that George R.R. Martin has written so far (for those who hadn't heard, his ongoing efforts to pen a sixth full instalment have spanned such an extensive period of time now that the writing process would probably make for a decent literary premise in itself), yet many of us were surely expecting Bran's storyline to overtake that of his printed counterpart next year or to diverge significantly from the path which was originally laid out in the novels, making this particular revelation all the more disheartening overall. Stay tuned for more on Season Five's returning, new and absent constructs as we move closer to its highly-anticipated broadcast.
Game of Thrones will return next Spring for a fifth series of Gothic and heartbreaking adventures on Sky Atlantic and HBO.