It’s shocking how a single shot in an episode of Game of Thrones can cause everyone on the internet to lose their minds. Was it the game-changing finale, the tearful reunion, or even the spontaneous death scene of a well-known character? No. It was a quick moment where wilding Tormund Giantsbane took a good look at Brienne the Beauty. It would seem he liked what he saw.
And that’s when the internet exploded.
Brienne of Tarth is no stranger to fan shipping, having been the subject of it twice before. The first was for a brief time in the second season when she pledged her life, her sword, and her unwavering affection for the contender to the throne, Renly Baratheon. The second was during a season-long road trip with Jamie Lannister. The trip consisted of sword fights, severed limbs, witty quips, and a character-defining spa day that made viewers open up to the idea that these two were meant for each other.
But life is short, love is fleeting, and winter is coming. This season finds Brienne farther north than she’s ever been before and face-to-face with a wilding so rugged he could be the poster-boy for Brawny paper towels. Will Brienne forget her prior inclination toward pretty lords and get down and dirty with this rebel from the wrong side of the wall? Either way, we’re sure to get a lot of fanfiction.