Christian Nairn and Isaac Hempstead Wright, who play Hodor and Bran on HBO’s Game of Thrones, won’t be appearing in the series’ upcoming fifth season.

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Nairn, who moonlights as a DJ, revealed the major plot news for the fifth season of Game of Thrones during his Rave of Thrones tour stop in Australia. “We have a season off and we have a year’s hiatus,” he said, explaining, “Solely because I imagine our storyline is up to the end of the books.”

In the Game of Thrones TV series, Bran and Hodor’s storyline has been fastracked over the last four seasons. In the fourth season finale, Bran, Hodor, Meera and Jojen finally meet the Weirwood tree North of the Wall in which the three-eyed crow is believed to live. In the end, Jojen dies in a battle with the wights, but Bran goes on to meet the mythical crow, a scene that doesn’t occur until the fifth book in George R. R. Martin's series.

Since Martin is only five books into the series, there’s no more root material for Bran and Hodor’s storyline. Instead of devising new plot for the characters, the producers have apparently elected to leave the characters out of the mix for the forthcoming season and bring them back when Martin provides more story for them to tell.

Game of Thrones' fifth season, which the cast and crew are currently filming, is slated for release in the spring of 2015.

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