Going into this week’s episode of Game of Thrones, “Beyond the Wall,” it was an unspoken thing that someone was going to die. This season has surprisingly been light on major deaths, and seeing as it was the penultimate episode, someone wasn’t going to live to see another day in Westeros.
Sadly, we had to bid adieu to two pretty big characters: Viserion and Thoros of Myr, and yes, we’re still crying about one of them (we are still crying about the dragon — sorry, Thoros). But, if you can believe it, there was almost a THIRD death during the episode that would have made everything hurt SO MUCH MORE.
Even worse, the death wasn’t written into the Game of Thrones script, but the director of the episode was like, “Hey, wouldn’t it be cool if…Tormund DIED?”
No, it would not be cool.
In a post-episode interview with Vulture, Alan Taylor revealed that when he first read the script, he realized that the tension needed to be heightened.
And that meant someone needed to be on the verge of SUDDEN DEATH.
“When Tormund almost gets killed on the island, that wasn’t in the script,” Taylor continued. “That was something we fabricated because we wanted to use the fact that the audience cares about these characters and is sort of expecting somebody to die.”
As for how he decided on Tormund’s almost-death, it came down to the plausibility of who could die. And the answer is not Jon Snow.
Even just thinking about this hurts my heart. Thankfully Tormund did not die, and so help me, he also better not almost-die during the Game of Thrones season finale.