It isn’t often that the public roots for overly-thirsty dudes, but Tormund’s obsession with Brienne on Game of Thrones has people shipping this unlikely couple left and right. I mean, Tormund’s “Hey, girl” face alone is hilarious enough for all of us to hope that these two to eventually get together and bring a little bit of levity to the Westeros universe.
Even though this hope is probably in vain (more people are likely rooting for a Jaime/Brienne encounter than a Tormund/Brienne one), one Redditor recently pointed out that Tormund (and perhaps all wildlings) has a rather perverse logic when it comes to the ways of love.
During the gang’s rather insipid trip beyond the wall to capture a White Walker, the Hound and Tormund shared a very entertaining exchange which essentially amounted “locker room talk.” The two discussed their sexual preferences and whether or not they had a significant other waiting for them back home. When Tormund revealed that he was interested in Brienne, the conversation went as follows:
The Hound: Brienne of Tarth? You’re with Brienne of fucking Tarth?
Tormund: Well, not with her yet. But I see the way she looks at me.
The Hound: How does she look at you? Like she wants to carve you up and eat your liver?
Tormund: You DO know her.
Though this statement could be interpreted as a moment of comic relief in an otherwise dark and gloomy episode, Redditor Paltenburg pointed out that this worldview hearkens back to an earlier conversation Tormund had with Jon Snow following Ygritte’s death in Season 4:
Tormund: Did you love her? (Pause) She loved you.
Jon: She told you?
Tormund: No. All she ever talked about was killing you. That’s how I know.
It would seem from these two conversations that Tormund’s philosophy on love is, essentially: someone can only be in love with you if they want to kill you. For him, death and love are inextricably intertwined. Which, while somewhat morbid, could also be construed as a primal commentary on all romantic relationships. (Game of Thrones isn’t known for being particularly optimistic or cute when it comes to its general theories on life and love.)
Wow. Isn’t it … romantic?