As Game of Thrones started its sixth season almost three years in the past, followers in every single place had been asking one key query time and again: Is Jon Snow actually lifeless? That query turned out to have a considerably difficult reply, but it surely captivated the fanbase to such a level earlier than the reply got here that star Kit Harington could not go anyplace with out being hounded about it. Over the previous yr and a half, Harington’s co-star Kristofer Hivju has had an analogous Jon Snow second together with his personal character, the wildling chief Tormund Giantsbane.
Tormund — who’s turn into a fan-favorite for his wild purple beard, his combating abilities, and naturally his enduring crush on Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie) — was left with fairly a cliffhanger on the finish of Season 7 again in 2017. He was final seen on high of the Wall close to Eastwatch by the Sea, fleeing for his life because the Night King razed an enormous chunk of the Wall to the bottom with the assistance of a newly lifeless Viserion. The episode did not even try to offer a glimmer of hope for Tormund aside from his capacity to run away from the destruction, and we by no means noticed any clues that may level to his survival or his demise.
Then the Season eight trailer lastly arrived, and it revealed that Tormund is certainly very a lot alive. It was a second of aid for lots of followers, and particularly for Hivju, who was so nervous about revealing spoilers that he tried to cover out as a lot as attainable whereas the ultimate season was filming in Belfast, and even turned down taking selfies with followers.
“We didn’t see him die; Season 8 could have started Episode 1 with dead Tormund,” Hivju instructed Entertainment Weekly.
Now that Tormund’s alive and nonetheless within the struggle towards the military of the lifeless, the query stays: Exactly what is going to he be doing as a part of the struggle effort on this closing spherical of episodes? That’s one in all many plot threads being stored below wraps till the present truly airs, and Hivju actually is not telling, however when requested about Tormund’s mindset heading towards the ultimate showdown with the Night King, he did break down an fascinating perspective. For everybody south of the Wall, the approaching Long Night is a scary story they heard as youngsters. For Tormund, it is each a scary story and an ever-growing actuality that he is been actively combating towards for years north of the Wall.
“He wants closure,” Hivju stated. “All the Free Folk grew up with the horror stories of the White Walkers, like that story Nan told Bran in Season 1 with the ice spiders — except having seen them. This has been the terror of their worst nightmare as long as they’ve existed. Tormund has confronted them many times. This is the nightmare moment where you have to face centuries of bad dreams.”
That nightmare second begins when Game of Thrones returns April 14 on HBO. Hopefully Tormund can final simply six extra episodes and are available out the opposite facet.