Is romance in the air for Brienne of Tarth in "Game of Thrones" Season 7?
Maybe not -- at least, that's the opinion of Gwendoline Christie, who plays the female knight. Fans have been shipping Brienne and wildling Tormund (Kristofer Hivju) ever since his jaw dropped when he saw her for the first time -- which was a throwaway moment in the script, as Newsweek notes in an interview with Christie.
And then there was Tormund's lusty leer as the characters shared a meal.
"I don't often laugh during filming," Christie said. "That was really difficult. Because he is so intensely hilarious."
But as for an actual romance? "Do you think she actually likes him?" Christie asked Newsweek's writer, who responded in the negative.
"Well, there you go!"
Brienne will develop another, very unlikely relationship in Season 7, though.
"'Game of Thrones' is famous for different characters coming together with unlikely consequences. And what's recurrent in Brienne's life is forming relationships with people that start with an opposing force, then a begrudging mutual respect and, out of that, a deep respect and pure love," Christie noted.
"That happens again this season. Brienne will realize a deep alliance."
Opposing force? Begrudging respect? True love? #Tormienne forever!
"Game of Thrones" Season 7 premieres Sunday, July 16 on HBO.