Despite this being a season of long scattered characters finally coming together, Game of Thrones season 7 has denied fans of one of their most-wanted reunions: Bronn and Tyrion Lannister. While the pair clearly met offscreen to set up a meeting with Tyrion's brother, Jaime Lannister, it seems that there was a planned onscreen reunion that was ultimately scrapped.
A merciless sellsword who has improbably risen to the status of Lannister confidant, Bronn has become a fan favorite for his vulgar charm. His unlikely friendship with Tyrion was a clear highlight of Thrones' early seasons, reaching its greatest heights in the second season's Battle of Blackwater Bay. The pair's bond unfortunately had to come to an end when Tyrion was forced to flee Westeros after killing his father, Tywin, and being falsely accused of killing King Joffrey.
Fans have been longing for a proper reunion ever since, and according to Bronn himself, it very nearly happened. In an interview with THR, Jerome Flynn explains there was an unfilmed scene for the episode "Eastwatch" that would have featured the old dynamic between the two men:
"Originally, I heard there was going to be one. They decided not to go for it. There's something, I hope, that's still to come, where Bronn and Tyrion might have a little bit of time for an exchange together, and shoot the breeze, as it were. Hopefully there will be some old Bronn and Tyrion dynamics coming up again. But it was a lovely scene. That was a lovely part of the whole season, all of the many reunions and all of the different storylines coming together."
Flynn also explains that, while Bronn has a fondness for Jaime, he doesn't think it equals the true bond he has with Tyrion:
"Sure, there's a fondness, but it doesn't come close to what he feels toward Tyrion. I really do think there's a bond between himself and Tyrion. He sees an underdog and an outcast in Tyrion, and he sees some of himself in that. He enjoys the cleverness of the man and his humor. That's where they really met."
Time is rapidly running out for such moments of quiet reflection and friendship on Game of Thrones, as the army of the dead gets perilously close to overrunning Westeros. But it would be a genuine shame if the show doesn't pause to give us one last filthy exchange of affection between Bronn and Tyrion before it's all over.
Game of Thrones continues with ‘Beyond the Wall’ on Sunday, August 20.