Gwendoline Christie Breaks Her Silence About That Flirting on 'Game of Thrones'

She said they cut a scene that made the romance more explicit.

Tormund and Brienne on Game of Thrones
(Image credit: HBO)

Warning: This article contains spoilers for the past two episodes of Game of Thrones.

Even for a show as dark as Game of Thrones, the past several episodes have been extra gloomy. (Hold the door!) But there's a glimmer of happiness that has the Internet obsessed, and it's what appears to be a budding relationship between Brienne of Tarth and Tormund Giantsbane.

Two weeks ago, the two met for the first time, and it was clear Tormund was smitten. He looked at her admiringly, then flirtatiously while gnawing on a piece of meat. (Hey, wildlings do romance a little differently.)

And on Sunday night's episode, Tormund gave Brienne a big smile while on horseback that made fans everywhere swoon.

Fans are calling the pair "Briemund" and "Torienne," and they have even created Internet tributes. You know your relationship is popular when fans set your heated glances to George Michael's "Careless Whisper." 

Torienne has a big fan by the name of Gwendoline Christie, who plays Brienne on the show. She told Entertainment Weekly that she loves the new storyline. "I enjoyed Brienne being put in that position of feeling awkward and not wanting the attention. That was a very fun thing to play," she said. "He's a wildling, he's very sensual and animal-like and very forthright with his emotions and feelings—which is really the opposite of [Brienne]. […] She can totally deal with the situation, and with him, but she's just so embarrassed about it." 

Christie also let slip that she and Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark, filmed a scene that got cut that addressed the relationship even more. Apparently, Sansa teases Brienne about Tormund's crush, "and you had the powerful warrior who's totally flustered," Christie said. Here's to a beautiful future together, Brienne and Tormund.

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Megan Friedman

Megan Friedman is the former managing editor of the Newsroom at Hearst. She's worked at NBC and Time, and is a graduate of Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism.