It looks like the couple we love to ship on Game of Thrones *won’t* be getting a happy ending — at least, according to showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff.
Despite a season packed with drama, a wordless meeting between everyone’s favorite bearded wildling, Tormund, and the most loyal warrior in Westeros, Brienne of Tarth, quickly became a breakout moment. So much so that it left fans begging Benioff and Weiss to find a way for Tormund and Brienne to end up together.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Benioff and Weiss revealed how the pairing came to be and how fans won’t see the characters become the warrior power couple of Westeros.
Maybe that was in jest, but this isn’t something to joke about! There’s too much riding on this!
Seriously, look at the eye contact and tell me this isn’t endgame material:
Benioff revealed to EW that the pairing was entirely accidental, as the Tormund and Brienne scenes were just supposed to be passing moments at the Wall. He said he and Weiss were surprised when the Tormund and Brienne scenes became an instant hit because their favorite scenes are almost *never* fan favorites.
It’s just, so great.
The duo credit Gwendoline Christie (Brienne) and Kristofer Hivju (Tormund) for bringing those now-iconic moments to life. What’s more, they noted that they could never write a scene that magical.
Same, Dan. Same.
Unfortunately, fans embracing a potential Brienne-Tormund relationship may have led to their ultimate doom. We should know by now that there are no happy endings on Game of Thrones, but it’s still so hard to say goodbye to our favorite characters.
While we *think* Benioff is kidding — to an extent, at least — about killing the characters off due to fan interest, we know that the showrunners don’t shy away from killing off beloved characters and wouldn’t be surprised if Tormund or Brienne don’t make it to the end.
In any case, we’ll find out if Tormund and Brienne survive winter when Game of Thrones returns to HBO on July 16th!