So, as I watched Westeros’s Magnificent Seven venture forth beyond the wall to engage in possibly the stupidest plan ever, I felt a growing pang of horror. If anything happens to Tormund out there, who else would be as perfect a partner for Brienne? Jaime? Of course not. If ever a couple were more ideally suited it’s the northern wildling and the warrioress from the Sapphire Isle. She believes herself to be ugly, big, unattractive to all men. And what does he see? Only the most frigging awesome woman who can smack a man to knees, hold her head high with the best of Westeros’ knights, and rock that armour plating. If ever there were a reason to believe in love, in magic, in destiny, it’s this fledgling pair-up. That was my concern as they headed out into certain death. That Brienne would have no man worthy of her, but be destined to trudge around with Pod forever and a day. And, ohno, there’s Ser Jorah out there too. WTH? Don’t get me started on that one. Doomed to be forever friends with his beloved Khaleesi, will she ever see just how much this man worships her? Or will he survive grayscale only to be hacked to bits by an undead random? Just…no.
Sorry, it’s too much for me to handle. Part of me is wondering if my GOT journey has to end right here, season seven episode six. I simply can’t handle the stress. HEAs are not exactly abounding in this particular series. But what if they could?
And let’s face it, HEAs could happen. One thing for GOT – plenty of potential romantic heroes. Can you imagine Khal Drogo on the cover, gazing moodily out into the distance under the banner ‘The Dothraki Horse Lord and his Stormborn wench’? (Here’s a picture, in case you need help with the visualisation), an erotic tale of bondage and domination.
Or what about ‘The King’s bastard’ about Gendry who finds love with the girl who’s no-one? A historical romance of forbidden love. Maybe even a modern re-telling of Beauty and the Beast – the Hound and Sansa Stark?
So many options, when you come to think of it: You’ve got the wounded hero, Jaime Lannister. The young apprentice turned hero, Jon Snow. The everyman wiseman, Ser Davos, looking for a third or fourth chance. The abandoned sell-sword, Darius, who gave up everything for beauty.
The clever dwarf, Tyrion Lannister who would kill for love. What about a contemporary romance with Loras Tyrell as a F1 racing driver who meets Renly Baratheon, crown prince of a small principality? Or a paranormal with the Red Woman and the Night King – a fire and ice combo, if ever there were – as they join together to restore balance to the world?
But, seriously, there best be some sort of something happy with Tormund and Brienne. Really.