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We might as well get used to the idea that happy endings and Game of Thrones (Sundays at 9 p.m. ET, starting July 16 on HBO Canada) just really, really don’t seem to mix. Especially when it comes to our favourite couples. Ned and Catelyn? Nope. Jon and Ygritte? We’ll always have the cave. Tyrion and Shae? Yeah she was shady. Daenerys and Kahl Drogo? Don’t get us started.

Even our favourite non-romantic couples like Arya and The Hound can’t seem to make it. So we should have known from the moment last season that Tormund gave that lopsided smile to Brienne that we shouldn’t get our hopes up. And we really should have known better than to read into the season seven promo pic of the pair that’s pictured above.

“That scene last season when Tormund was eating and lasciviously staring at Brienne was one of our favourites,” co-showrunner David Benioff told Entertainment Weekly. “Usually, when we really love something there are a few other people who like it as well. It’s great because there was no dialogue written for that, or major stage direction, there was just a line like, ‘He stares at Brienne because he’s never seen a woman like that before.’ And then we let the actors do what they do.”

That’s all fine and dandy, but now that the writers know we’re into this, they’re obviously going to do something to ruin it. Because, that’s the Game of Thrones way. And also, they admitted as much later on in the EW interview.

“There was the episode where they’re all leaving Castle Black together and there’s a shot — it wasn’t scripted at all — of two of them on horseback and she looks at him and he smiles at her,” Dan Weiss added, kind of getting our hopes up. “It’s not something you could ever write. It’s just this moment where this guy is creeping out on her and he smiles in a way that makes her very uncomfortable and she just looks away. I saw it 150 times and every time it made me laugh; it’s purely the two of them.”

“It inspires us because we need to kill one of them now because there can’t be a happy ending or any romantic connection on the show. But we’re not going to tell you which one,” Benioff added.

Well, damn.

We mean, on one hand at least the writers are admitting that they have a no-happy endings policy. On the other… well sometimes you just want a little win. Even if it is an oddball relationship like this one seemed destined to be.

 

Game of Thrones returns Sunday, July 16 at 9 p.m. on HBO Canada.