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'Game of Thrones' roundup: Hodor to embark on DJ tour, season 5 directors tabbed

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It’s time for another exciting roundup of Game of Thrones-related news to help you trudge through the dog days of the hiatus.

Everyone loves the reliable and strong Hodor, and now the actor who plays him is mixing his professional life with his personal life and bringing some sweet Westerosi jams to lucky Australians with a DJ tour through the country.

If that makes absolutely no sense, you should know that Northern Irish actor Kristian Nairn, who has been hauling Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran Stark) around for four seasons now, is also DJ in real life and spent 11 years at the Belfast club Kremlin. The Guardian notes on Tuesday that starting in late August he will embark on a six-night tour of Australian nightclubs for what’s being dubbed “Rave of Thrones.”

The Thrones-themed event featuring Nairn and "the deepest house [music] from all seven kingdoms" starts in Sydney on August 28th and wraps up in Adelaide on Sept. 7. Guests are being encouraged to dress in their best GoT finery. Australian artist EGO (that’s Lord EGO to you) will also be on hand for a “very special visual GOT themed set.”

In case you won’t happen to be in Australia during the tour, you can listen to some of Nairn’s mixes on Soundcloud.

Meanwhile, production on Game of Thrones season five is set to get underway soon and amid all the news of scouting locations and casting announcements, HBO has also nailed down the directors for each episode. Here’s who will be stepping behind the camera, along with a couple of their previous directing credits:

Episodes 5x01 and 5x02: Michael Slovis (Breaking Bad, Law & Order: SVU)
Episodes 5x03 and 5x04: Mark Mylod (Shameless, Entourage)
Episodes 5x05 and 5x06: Jeremy Podeswa (Boardwalk Empire, The Tudors)
Episodes 5x07 and 5x08: Miguel Sapochnik (House, Fringe)
Episodes 5x09 and 5x10: David Nutter (four previous Game of Thrones episodes)

The thing that perhaps jumps out the most is the fact that each director will get two consecutive episodes, rather than the show’s previous practice of more or less skipping around. Fans will also notice that a couple of familiar faces aren’t on the list, namely Alex Graves, who is said to be taking some time off.

Graves took some heat this past season for that controversial scene between Jaime and Cersei, but he was also behind “The Lion and the Rose” (the Purple Wedding), “The Mountain and the Viper,” and the season finale. Neil Marshall, who received an Emmy nomination last week for his great work directing “The Watchers on the Wall,” will also be absent from directing duties this time around.

Though several of the newbies have directed for HBO in the past, only season five director with previous Thrones experience is David Nutter and boy, were some of his episodes memorable. Nutter was behind “The Rains of Castamere” (the Red Wedding) and the follow-up episode/season finale “Mhysa,” in addition to two season two episodes, and he’s been tasked with taking on the last two episodes once again.

Nutter is also known as the “pilot whisperer,” as evidenced by his excellent track record of directing pilots that get picked up. Some of those pilots include Smallville, Without a Trace, Supernatural, and most recently The Flash.

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