Isaac Hempstead Wright, Kristian Nairn
Two familiar faces will be absent when Game of Thrones returns for its fifth season.
Kristian Nairn and Isaac Hempstead-Wright, who play Hodor and Bran Stark respectively, are taking a year-long hiatus from the HBO drama, Nairn told Yahoo News in Australia.
Game of Thrones may have ended its fourth season in a singularly satisfying way, but fans are already feeling bereft of their weekly dose of intrigue and backstabbing.
Only the show's return or perhaps author George R.R. Martin releasing another chapter can truly help alleviate our Westerosi withdrawal symptoms. In an attempt to keep the spirit of the series alive until then, TVGuide.com offers up Game of Thrones' biggest unsolved mysteries as food for thought (lovingly prepared by Hot Pie) and discussion:
[WARNING: The following contains spoilers from the Season 4 finale of Game of Thrones. Read at your own risk!]
Trust Game of Thrones to put its own sick twist on Father's Day.
On Sunday's big finale, several characters bit the dust, but no one died with less dignity than ...
Game of Thrones has already broken many of its rules this season. What's one more?
Fans of HBO's epic fantasy series have been trained to expect a huge, possibly devastating game-changer in the penultimate episode of every season, followed by a more sedate 10th episode finale to deal with the aftermath. This year instead, major deaths and events have been peppered throughout Season 4, leaving its fans unsettled and unsure of what to expect. Alex Graves, who directed Sunday's finale (9/8c, HBO), promises more surprises in a 10th episode like no other.
Michael J. Fox, Matt Czuchry and Julianna Margulies
The gloves come off in a sensational finale to an incredible season of CBS's The Good Wife (Sunday, 9/8c), one of the best and hands down the most purely entertaining drama series anywhere on TV. The intrigue is riveting as rival law firms (Florrick/Agos, Lockhart/Gardner) go for broke, using any means necessary — including possibly illegal electronic eavesdropping — to get the advantage on the other in what now seems a fight to the death. Partners battle partners between and within both teams, and when Christine Baranski (the embattled Diane) faces off with Michael J. Fox (ruthless interloper Louis Canning) for control of the firm she built with the late Will Gardner, the fireworks are as awesome as the surprising fallout.
Our feelings for Sunday's Game of Thrones can be summed up in one word: Hodor! If you need more than that, check out the rest of the recap.
Isaac Hempstead Wright
[WARNING: The following contains spoilers from Game of Thrones' "Oathkeeper." If you haven't watched it yet, don't make us leave you out in the cold for the White Walkers!]
Game of Thrones finally unmasked the people who had a hand in Joffrey's death, but fans had to pay close attention to figure out exactly who ...
Game of Thrones' Hodor is a man of few words. To be precise, one word: Hodor.
Can the Starks survive another bloody year on Game of Thrones?
After Game of Thrones' recent Red Wedding massacre, competition for the Iron Throne just got fiercer.
Who's left to fight the good fight? And will one of our heroes actually declare victory? Only George R.R. Martin, who wrote the books on which the HBO series is based, truly knows which of his characters, if any, will indeed sit upon that bloody, uncomfortable throne when his seven-book series is completed. But until then, we can catch the season finale Sunday (9/8c, HBO) and debate the leadership potential of who's left alive (RIP, Robb Stark!).
Here's TVGuide.com's list of the most throne-worthy candidates, with some input by the cast: