All it took was one glance last week to light up Twitter. Tormund Giantsbane crushing on Brienne of Tarth? It’s the match-up we never knew we wanted, until we did. And in Sunday’s “The Door,” the wildling’s desperately unabashed interest in the warrior continued until Brienne was visibly rolling her eyes.
One fan of the storyline is Brienne actress Gwendoline Christie, who says she could barely keep a straight face during Tormund actor Kristofer Hivju’s advances.
“First of all, Kristofer is absolutely hilarious,” she says. “I don’t think I’ve been in a scene on Game of Thrones when it’s been everything I can do to stop myself from laughing. The way he was behaving toward me was just extraordinary.”
The actress also appreciated Tormund’s giant crush from an acting vantage point, as well. “I enjoyed Brienne being put in that position of feeling awkward and not wanting the attention,” she says. “That was a very fun thing to play. 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]. I enjoyed trying to navigate that and the beauty of her embarrassment. She can totally deal with the situation, and with him, but she’s just so embarrassed about it.”
Christie also revealed that one Brienne-Tormund scene actually cut from the show: a moment showed Sansa “going Mean Girls” on Brienne and teasing her about Tormund’s interest, “and you had the powerful warrior who’s totally flustered.” We hope that one ends up as a deleted scene on the season 6 home release.
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For more coverage of “The Door,” read our interview with Hodor actor Kristian Nairn, plus our chat with Bran Stark actor Isaac Hempstead Wright and the producers about that shocking final twist. Also: Our deep-dive recap for our thoughts, and don’t forget to subscribe and listen to our Game of Thrones Weekly podcast (new episode posted below).