Last September we found out that Hodor (Kristian Nairn) and Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright), along with Meera Reed (Ellie Kendrick), were taking season five of Game of Thrones off, because their storyline was all caught up with the books. And as we found out, this was very true. Nairn used his time off to do his “Rave of Thrones” tour.
It seemed pretty unlikely that these important characters would be taking off a second consecutive season, but if you were worried whether you would have to go another year without some Hodor on your TV screens or not, fear not, for it has been confirmed that they will be returning for season six…which has already been greenlit and is very likely to be the penultimate season of the show.
Hempstead Wright confirmed his return in an interview recently (which we assume means the return of Hodor and Meera as well), and also talked about what Marvel role he’d love to play. You can see what he had to say below, though be warned, potential spoilers lurk below. Only proceed if caught up with the show or if you don’t mind a spoiler or two here and there.
Hempstead Wright, while attending the European premiere of Marvel’s Ant-Man in London, was asked whether he’d be back for Game of Thrones season six:
“I can’t say a lot but I am back this season, and it’s going to get particularly interesting with Bran. He has some interesting visions.”
He also admitted that he has not yet seen the latest season of the show due to schoolwork, and that he hopes to see Jon Snow actor Kit Harington return as well:
“I missed the whole of the last season because it was right in the middle of my exams, so I didn’t have the time to watch it. But I’m looking forward to getting with some friends and binge-watching it all.”
“I don’t know (if he will come back). He’s said he’s not. I wish he would because I love Kit and because the character’s so cool. Who knows? We start filming series six at the end of this month (July) so we’ll see.”
As for which Marvel character he’d like to play, Hempstead Wright said jokingly:
“Ever since Iron Man, I’ve really enjoyed the Marvel universe. I would like to be the young Iron Man. I just want the suit!
I’ve already been one Stark so I guess I could transition pretty well into another. If Marvel are listening, Iron Man the prequel.”
The only question now is how old Hempstead Wright is these days. He’s gotta be at least 30, right?! It’s been so long since season four. OK—so he only just turned 16 recently. Still, they better get things moving faster if they want to keep Bran looking somewhat childlike.