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Game of Thrones co-creator talks Bran & Hodor’s absence next season

November 6th, 2014 by Marc Comments

As we reported a while ago (here), it looks like Bran and Hodor won’t be appearing in Game Of Thrones Season 5, this was after Kristian Nairn (Hodor) accidentally leaked they were on a year’s hiatus.

Last we saw Bran Stark (Isaac Hempsted-Wright) he had reached a cave and was settling in to train, having finally found the three-eyed raven and become the force it looks like he’s set to become in the war for the Iron Throne.

Now series co-creator, David Benioff, has chatted to Entertainment Weekly about this very thing: “Even though we’re making changes to the books and adapting as necessary, we’re trying to keep the various storylines the same as the books and trying to keep them roughly [chronologically] parallel. And last year we caught up to the end of Bran’s storyline [in A Dance with Dragons]. So if we pushed him forward this season, then he’s way ahead of where the other characters are.

“[Bran]‘s now entering a training period which is going to take quite some time, [and] much of [it] isn’t particularly cinematic.” He’s referring to Bran’s journey in the books, training (presumably) in the cave, “Rather than being stuck in a cave for a year, we figured it would be interesting to leave him out for a little bit, so when you see him again…”  and he left it there.

So it looks like we just have to wait and see Bran’s Return of the Jedi-type reveal in Season 6. Well, we sort of figured all this, but it’s nice to have it concerned.

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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….