Many hangers were cliff-ed at the end of Game of Thrones' fourth season. It turns out we'll be hanging on one of those cliffs for a little longer than we expected.
Under normal circumstances, a book series is adapted to movies or television after the writing is completed. But as we all know, George R.R. Martin is too busy having stuffed animal playdates with Peter S. Beagle, being Evil Santa, and wishing he was a pretty Queen of Dragons to get any writing done.
The fact that Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series is still being sung written has larger implications for some plots than others. Notably, poor Bran Stark, Hodor, and co. are fresh out of things to do! At the close of season four, their story was completely caught up with the events from A Dance with Dragons, the last book to be released.
Martin has allegedly told showrunners Dan Weiss and David Benioff some details for the upcoming books, but the fate of Bran remains a mystery.
It's such a mystery that Hodor himself, Kristian Nairn, has revealed he won't be back at all for season 5.
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. So, I get my year off now to do Rave of Thrones and gallivant all over the world.
How any of us will survive a whole season sans-Hodor, who can say? But winter has certainly arrived in my heart.
(via Comic Book Movie)