Warning: This article contains spoilers for Season 7 of Game of Thrones.
Sure, Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen finally got together in the Game of Thrones finale. But fans still have yet to see the truly most anticipated romance of the show: Brienne of Tarth and Tormund Giantsbane. Tormund pined after her all season, but the two were cruelly separated for nearly every episode.
And now, the actress who plays Brienne just poured cold water all over the idea that they’ll ever get together. In an interview with the New York Times, Gwendoline Christie said she thinks Brienne’s heart still belongs to Jaime Lannister, not Tormund. And that’s because Tormund is just not her kind of guy:
“Do you think she actually likes him? I don’t think it’s something Brienne wants! Tormund is quite a rough and ready man. He’s a man who’s bragged about having sexual intercourse with a bear, and so I question whether that is necessarily the right person for Brienne. Does that man display enough sensitivity? What do you think Tormund would have to come up with to win her heart?”
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In general, it’s Tormund’s brash Wildling personality that’s turning her off. “I think he’d have to have a conversation with her for at least four years,” she said. “She seems fairly repelled by Tormund’s strong overtures toward her. She’s more enthused by a more cerebral approach.” And that cerebral approach may come from Jaime, even though their reunion during the Season 7 finale didn’t go well; Jaime was cold to her and she confronted him about changing Cersei’s mind about the White Walkers.
Either way, Christie said she feels bad for Brienne’s options at the moment. “Look at her choices: the man who brags about having sex with a bear, or the man who has sex with his sister!” she said. “Maybe there’s another option? I really want her to have someone more stable.” Who knows, perhaps Podrick is truly the man for her. But for now, Kristofer Hivju, who plays Tormund, will have to stick to his action figures.