Game of Thrones has stepped up its willingness to revisit old characters in recent years, so surely Season 8 wouldn’t leave one of our favorites hanging, right? Fear not, as a seeming casualty of that ice-breaking finale is almost certainly back for the final season.
Game of Thrones Season 7 never circled back to the one true pairing we really long to see, Brienne and Tormund. The one look that launched a thousand ships will hopefully keep making sexy bread-eyes into Season 8, but Gwendoline Christie tells Seth Meyers that Kristopher Hivju keeps it going off-screen regardless.
Mileage may vary as to whether Game of Thrones owes any character a happy ending – let alone a pair of them – but few would deny the rare joy of Tormund and Brienne’s awkward pairing. “Few” being creators David Benioff and Dan Weiss, who now monstrously tease “we need to kill one of them.”
There were at least a few Tormund Giantsbane fans on edge all throughout Game of Thrones Season 6, particularly as the character faced a deadly battle that could easily have cost multiple fan-favorites. Thankfully, Tormund survived to make sexy bread-eyes at Brienne in Season 7, but Kristofer Hivju is teasing an even more adorable pair for next year.
Amid all the blood and nudity, ‘Game of Thrones’ gave us a little romance to root for this season. The last two episodes of Season 6 found Tormund Giantsbane (Kristofer Hivju) making eyes at Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie) when she arrived at Castle Black. Though Episode 4 director Daniel Sackheim thought Tormund’s flirtatious glances subtle, they quickly set the internet on fire. There were Brienne and Tormund memes, there were montage videos; it was the beginning of a beautiful warrior relationship (at least if fans had their way).
Full of revelation though the latest Game of Thrones may have been, Tormund and Brienne shippers could only add a few more stolen glances to the newly fan-favorite pairing. That is, until we see the Mean Girls teasing scene Gwendoline Christie reveals was ultimately cut from last night’s “The Door.”
Sunday’s Game of Thrones left plenty to talk about, whether Jon and Sansa’s reunion or Dany’s latest nude firewalk, but updates from the world of Westeros pale in comparison to the real story six seasons in the making: Tormund Giantsbane and Brienne of Tarth. The greatest Game of Thrones couple in living history only had a moment to share their love, but “Book of the Stranger” director Daniel Sackheim is hopeful their wildfire keeps burning.
There’s been no official confirmation from Universal on Charlize Theron’s casting as the villain in Fast 8, but whomever eventually ends up as the big bad in the Fast & Furious sequel can rest easy knowing they’ll have at least one henchman at their disposal. Game of Thrones star Kristofer Hivju, aka Tormund Giantsbane, has joined the cast of Fast 8 as an associate of the new antagonist. Until we find out who that is, let’s continue to cross our fingers and whisper “please be Charlize Theron, please be Charlize Theron.”