tv characters 20 GoT Characters Who Basically Disappeared from the Show

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Update: Never count a character out on Game of Thrones. Many of the "disappeared" characters listed here came back in later seasons, just like we predicted, and some are even major players now. And for those characters who still haven't reappeared - well, the series isn't over yet...

 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.

Whatever happened to Gendry? Or Ser Illyn Payne? Or the one Stark kid nobody ever remembers? These are just a few of the figures who seem to have been utterly forgotten by the show.

The HBO series has a notoriously high body count, but these characters are not dead, as far as anybody knows. They're also not necessarily GoT Characters Who Should Die. Some of them will undoubtedly return while the game is still afoot, but others, we fear, are simply done for, no longer relevant to the overall story.

Obviously, this list contains plenty of Game of Thrones SPOILERS, so steer clear if you're not caught up. Otherwise, scroll down and vote for the missing character whose return you're most looking forward to in the seasons to come.
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Gendry


Gendry is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 20 GoT Characters Who Basically Disappeared from the Show
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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.

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Osha


Osha is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 20 GoT Characters Who Basically Disappeared from the Show
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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.

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Benjen Stark


Benjen Stark is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 20 GoT Characters Who Basically Disappeared from the Show
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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?

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Hodor


Hodor is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 20 GoT Characters Who Basically Disappeared from the Show
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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.

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Rickon Stark


Rickon Stark is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 20 GoT Characters Who Basically Disappeared from the Show
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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.

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Bran Stark is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 20 GoT Characters Who Basically Disappeared from the Show
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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.

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Actor: Isaac Hempstead-Wright

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Sandor Clegane


Sandor Clegane is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 20 GoT Characters Who Basically Disappeared from the Show
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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.

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Actor: Rory McCann

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Beric Dondarrion


Beric Dondarrion is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 20 GoT Characters Who Basically Disappeared from the Show
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Homie battled the Hound with a flaming sword and even came back from the dead, yet say his name and even devoted viewers reply, "Who?" Last seen in Season 3, when Arya fled his Brotherhood Without Banners.