Game of Thrones' latest episode was filled with amazing moments, but none came close to touching the glory of Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie) and Tormund Giantsbane (Kristofer Hivju) finally meeting.

Fans immediately began 'shipping the couple, hereby dubbed Tarthbane, despite Brienne and Tormund never exchanging a word. But are words necessary when there's so much natural chemistry between two people?

I mean, can you feel that? The heat, the tension, the sparks!


And according to the episode's director Dan Sackheim, fans weren't just seeing what they wanted to see in the couple's interactions. Tarthbane is real.

"I wasn't even sure that when I delivered the episode it was really clear," Sackheim tells "It was like a fun little bit, but I wasn't sure it was really clear that he had these amorous feelings for Brienne. I'm always amazed what fans pick up."

Unfortunately, Sackheim says, Brienne isn't quite smitten with the bearf--ker just yet, but that doesn't mean there isn't hope. "I think it was fairly one-sided, but that's OK," he reasons. "There's nothing like a challenge. Men love a challenge."

Do you hope Tarthbane takes things to the next level?

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