Here’s a fact: before Game Of Thrones ends, Brienne and Tormund will die. The only question is how and when.
Trust me, I hope I’m wrong, but the fact of the matter is that not only are Brienne and Tormund two fan favorites, but they’re two of the more decent human beings in Westeros. And if we’ve learned anything from Game Of Thrones, it’s that being a decent person usually gets you killed.
Not only do I think both of them eventually die, but I bet Tormund dies this season. The only thing that would hurt more than losing Jon Snow would be to lose Jon Snow’s right-hand man, so look for Thrones showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss to drop that bomb on us sooner rather than later.
Benioff: That scene last season when Tormund was eating and lasciviously staring at Brienne was one of our favorites. Usually, when we really love something there are a few other people who like it as well. It’s great because there was no dialogue written for that, or major stage direction, there was just a line like, “He stares at Brienne because he’s never seen a woman like that before.” And then we let the actors do what they do.
Weiss: There was the episode where they’re all leaving Castle Black together and there’s a shot — it wasn’t scripted at all — of two of them on horseback and she looks at him and he smiles at her. It’s not something you could ever write. It’s just this moment where this guy is creeping out on her and he smiles in a way that makes her very uncomfortable and she just looks away. I saw it 150 times and every time it made me laugh; it’s purely the two of them.
Benioff: It inspires us because we need to kill one of them now because there can’t be a happy ending or any romantic connection on the show. But we’re not going to tell you which one.
So yes, should this little joke from the Thrones writers make you worry about your favorite couple’s fate? Sure. But if you knew anything about the world of Westeros and where this show is headed, you should have been worried a long time ago.