After developing a crush on Brienne of Tarth in Season 6, Tormund Giantsbane is still thirsting for her in Game of Thrones Season 7 — and the plot has thickened, because he has an unexpected ally. Jaime Lannister himself, who is Brienne’s best friend and the object of her complicated affection, supports this union.
On Thursday, in an interview with Huffington Post, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau confessed to shipping Tormund and Brienne. “I don’t think he’s jealous,” he said. “I think it’s a perfect couple — I think Tormund would rock her world.”
Ever since their first meeting in Season 3, Jamie and Brienne have evolved from enemies, to friends, to something intimate yet unlabeled. They clearly have a deep love for each other, but the show has not tried to define it. Although Brienne seems to prefer relationships that are more nuanced, there’s nothing subtle about Tormund. But maybe, as Jaime himself suggests, going outside of her ‘unrequited love’ comfort zone is what she needs.
In the same interview, Coster-Waldau also confirmed that the Season 7 plot leaks are true. “Every year there are huge spoilers online where people find out real stuff and they will post it,” he said. “And you go, ‘Oh my God, they just spoiled the whole season online!’ But then, because there’s 10,000 other spoilers out there…it just gets lost in the shuffle. So, it’s all out there … if you can find it.”
The Season 7 plot leaks thus far have contained information like Daenerys and Jon having sex, the Wall coming down, and one of Dany’s dragons dying and reanimating as a blue, fire breathing ice dragon ridden by the Night’s King. Coster-Waldau might have underestimated the little birds of the Game of Thrones fans and their ability to find it.
Game of Thrones Season 7 premieres on July 16.