'Game of Thrones' Season 5 Will Lack a Very Important Stark, But The Reason Is Understandable

I know most hardcore Game of Thrones fans are probably still smarting from the blow that Lady Stoneheart won't be included in season 5, so I feel a little bad delivering this news: Apparently, she's not the only one being omitted from the show's upcoming season. According to an Australian news station's interview with Hodor actor Kristian Nairn, Bran Stark and Hodor are both absent from season 5 of Game of Thrones . I know Bran's scenes are usually fairly boring compared to the rest of the show, but things were just getting good! And now...nothing?

"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," Nairn said during the interview, which was to promote his upcoming Game of Thrones-inspired DJ tour, Rave of Thrones. There's not much other info given about this, mostly because the interview just focuses on the tour, so that's really all we know — and it seems it's all we have to know, since we won't be seeing Bran and Hodor for a while (at least, until A Song of Ice & Fire author George R. R. Martin finishes his next book in the series).

While I'm a little disappointed by this, I will admit it makes sense: The show wants to stay as close to the books as possible (minus the whole Lady Stoneheart thing), and they already barely have enough screentime to give to each important character as it is.

My only question now, is: When we see Bran again, is he going to be, like, a whole foot taller with a voice full octaves deeper? Because Isaac Hempstead-Wright is about 15 now, and I know puberty happens in Westeros, but I doubt it would accelerate that quick. How are they gonna explain that one?

AND WHAT WILL WE DO WITHOUT HODOR?