It turns out that Game of Thrones star Kristofer Hivju prefers to stay in character between takes - even if it creeps out Gwendoline Christie. Game of Thrones has never been known for levity. That was especially true in season 7, as war brewed on multiple fronts and death and destruction were rained down on much of Westeros. And given what happened in the season 7 finale, we know that much of the show's eighth and final season will deal with hordes of zombies and uncomfortable realizations regarding incest. Still, the series has always allowed for some moments of humor to shine through.
While Tyrion used to be the reliable voice of comedy, the years have shifted those duties to characters like Bronn. One dark horse candidate, however, has been Tormund. Walking a line that suggests he's acting for an entirely different show, Hivju has done great work as the lovable Wildling. His comedic presence really increased, though, when he first spotted Brienne of Tarth last season. Their interactions have proven to be powerful with fans, but it turns out Hivju gave a little more than was required of him.
Gwendoline Christie, who plays Brienne, went on Late Night with Seth Meyers (see the video above) and talk inevitably turned to her Game of Thrones character and Tormund. As it turns out, the actor added his own touch to their relationship, and he doesn't turn it off even when the cameras stop rolling:
“He likes to continue being in character even off set. He will start chewing a sandwich wildly at me… really kind of making love to that sandwich as he eyeballs me. In the script, it simply said, ‘Tormund gives Brienne a look. I was not expecting the power, the magnitude of sort of intense sexual intention to pour out of a man’s eyes and cover me.”
While Hivju continuing to leer at Christie between takes is no doubt unsettling, the latter actor seems to indicate that the whole thing is done in fun rather than some extreme attempt at method acting. What's most interesting is that Hivju turned what was meant to be a simple moment of flirtation and invested it with the type of energy you would expect from a character who is said to have had children with an actual bear.
Though a romance between Tormund and Brienne is unlikely with so little left to go in the show - and the Maid of Tarth's clear disgust at the idea - we will likely get more of the Wildling's lecherous stares in the episodes ahead. Though he was manning Eastwatch-by-the-Sea when the wall came tumbling down, it's a safe bet Tormund is still alive given we didn't see his death. That said, he could be one of the main characters destined to become a White Walker, meaning even death won't grant Brienne a reprieve.
Game of Thrones season 8 premieres in either 2018 or 2019.
Source: Late Night with Seth Meyers