In Game of Thrones, either you win, you die, or you sort of fade out until everybody forgets you were even part of the show. As viewers thrill to the weekly adventures of Jon Snow, Tyrion Lannister, Daenerys Targaryen, and more, it’s easy to lose sight of the supporting Game of Thrones characters who exited the stage without fanfare or notice.
King Robert’s bastard appeared bound for big things, sailing to King’s Landing with a claim to the throne in Season 3. Since then, none of the major players have heard so much as a peep from Arya’s erstwhile BFF.
A former Wildling, Osha became Bran and Rickon’s babysitter at Winterfell. A fairly major player up North, Osha has been M.I.A. since she and Rickon headed towards the House of Umber in the Season 3.
Remember this guy? Ned Stark’s younger brother and a mentor to Jon Snow, Benjen has been missing since very early in Season 1. The Ranger went North of the Wall and never came back, but just what happened to him remains a mystery even as so much of the show’s action has migrated so far North. Is this an absurdly long wait for a delayed payoff?
Bran’s loyal sidekick and muscle, Hodor (Hodor!) is a casualty of Bran’s extended absense from the series. Last seen accompanying Bran and Meera into that scary tree North of the Wall, Hodor (Hodor!) isn’t gone for good, but that doesn’t mean we don’t miss him.
The youngest and most easily forgotten Stark, Rickon fled Winterfell with his brother Bran, heading towards the House of Umber with former Wildling Osha. But that was at the end of Season 3 and while Rickon is presumably okay, nobody’s heard from him in a while.
His exclusion from Season 5 didn’t come as a surprise, but it’s still worth noting that one of the most pivotal characters on the series is sitting out an entire year. Last seen confabbing with the Three Eyed Raven in a mega-creepy cave, Bran will return, but what he’ll be like when he does is anyone’s guess.
After a battle with Brienne that was as epic as anything on the show, the one and only Hound was left beaten at the end of Season 4, but we didn’t see him die and we refuse to believe Sandor’s gone for good.
With Bran Stark’s storyline on pause for Season 5 and possibly beyond, the surviving Reed sibling is sidelined for the time being. She is expected to return once Bran reappears, however, and maybe she’ll have more of a spotlight since her brother’s demise.
The snot-nosed Lord of the Vale made an appearance in Season 5, but it feels like we’ve seen the last Sweetrobin, whose obsession with the Moon Door was his only redeeming characteristic.
This bullying street kid turned fugitive turned baker appears to be a the rare Game of Thrones character who gets something like a happy ending. He retired from adventuring in order to bake direwolf shaped bread in Season 4. Last we saw, he was getting pretty good at it, too.