It's all but official: "Game of Thrones" fans can't have nice things.
The HBO drama's showrunners, David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, were discussing Season 7 with Entertainment Weekly, and they got on the subject of a new but popular ship -- that of Tormund Giantsbane (Kristofer Hivju) and Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie). After hearing what they have to say, we'd warn fans against getting too attached to the idea of the couple getting a happy ending.
Many viewers got excited when they saw Tormund's clear interest in Brienne at the end of Season 6, but that wasn't either Benioff or Weiss's idea. It turns out we have Hivju to thank for inserting that storyline into the show, which he did with a meaningful stare.
"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," Benioff told EW.
The dynamic between the two characters only got better when they filmed a scene outside Castle Black, and another improvised moment added some humor. In it, Tormund smiles at Brienne, and she gets uncomfortable and averts her gaze. According to Weiss, it "wasn't scripted at all" and "it's not something you could ever write."
"I saw it 150 times and every time it made me laugh; it's purely the two of them," he said.
While it's great that both of the showrunners liked what the actors did and decided to use it, there might ultimately be a tragic downside.
"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," Benioff said. "But we're not going to tell you which one."
That's hopefully a joke, but really, it's not a stretch to imagine that they would do just that. Every time we get attached to a "Game of Thrones" couple, we end up seeing one of the two cruelly killed off. If you like Tormund and Brienne, you're probably better off hoping they don't get together.