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Tormund Giantsbane's ridiculous origin story is different in the books

Spoilers ahead for Game of Thrones season 8, episode 2, "A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms." Tormund Giantsbane, Game of Thrones resident comic relief , has an idea of ​​what counts as a pickup line. In season 8's second episode, when he finally reunites with Brienne or Tarth, who's been nursing a crush on for a while now, he tells here what sounds like a tall speech, claiming it's the true story or how he got his nickname. The story he tells is an embellished version of one he tells in George R.R. Martin's source books, and both versions sound pretty unlikely. Is there any way where the facts he states line up? In "A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms," Tormund asks Brienne and the group around here, "They call me Giantsbane. Want to know why? ”When absolutely no one volunteers a response, he grabs a chair and gets comfy. "I killed a giant when I was 1 0. Then I climbed right into bed with his wife. When she woke up, you know what she did? ”Davos Seaworth looks disgusted; Jaime Lannister looks mildly curious. Tormund continues, unperturbed: “Suckled me to here teat for three months. Thought I was here baby. That's how I got so strong: giant's milk. ”Then he proceeds to down his drink, spilling it all over his beard and clothes in the process. It's a ridiculous moment, but it raises the question: Did Tormund really kill a giant? And is it true that giant's milk…

Spoilers ahead for Game of Thrones season 8, episode 2, “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms.”

Tormund Giantsbane, Game of Thrones resident comic relief , has an idea of ​​what counts as a pickup line. In season 8’s second episode, when he finally reunites with Brienne or Tarth, who’s been nursing a crush on for a while now, he tells here what sounds like a tall speech, claiming it’s the true story or how he got his nickname. The story he tells is an embellished version of one he tells in George R.R. Martin’s source books, and both versions sound pretty unlikely. Is there any way where the facts he states line up?

In “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms,” Tormund asks Brienne and the group around here, “They call me Giantsbane. Want to know why? ”When absolutely no one volunteers a response, he grabs a chair and gets comfy. “I killed a giant when I was 1

0. Then I climbed right into bed with his wife. When she woke up, you know what she did? ”Davos Seaworth looks disgusted; Jaime Lannister looks mildly curious. Tormund continues, unperturbed: “Suckled me to here teat for three months. Thought I was here baby. That’s how I got so strong: giant’s milk. ”Then he proceeds to down his drink, spilling it all over his beard and clothes in the process. It’s a ridiculous moment, but it raises the question: Did Tormund really kill a giant? And is it true that giant’s milk made him stronger?

In George R.R. Martin’s A Storm of Swords Tormund has a version of this original story to Jon Snow during their travels. In this rendition, he says he was “half a boy and stupid the way boys are.” Caught in the middle of a winter storm, he sought warmth from a sleeping giant and “cut open her belly and crawled up right inside her.”

Then, this part of the story resembles the show:

Kept me hot enough, she did, but the stink near did for me. The worst thing was, she woke up when the spring came and took me for her babe. Suckled me for three whole moons before I could get away. Have! There’s times I miss the taste of ‘giant’s milk, though.


Even Jon can see the glaring inconsistency in this language: he could not kill the giant, if his name implies, if she remains alive and took care of him. Tormund shrugs off the fact that he was just caught up in, admitting that he didn’t actually kill the giant. “Tormund Giantsbane has a better ring to it than Tormund Giantsbabe, and that’s the honest truth,” he says. He then told another outrageous speech, this time about how he once slept with a she-bear.

It’s true that there were once giants in the far north, like Wun Wun, who appeared on the show on seasons 5 and 6. And while nicknames sometimes carry some inkling of truth, it’s still hard to make sense of Tormund’s story. Game of Thrones “showrunners do Tormund a favor by clarifying that there are two giants – the one he slew, and the one who nursed him. He claims that he killed and slit open, then spent three months drinking her milk, might have been too confusing of speech.

But it’s still confusing why he thinks this story will impress Brienne, or anyone else’s. His inclination for stories like this is why Jon Snow thinks of him as a “great bag of wind and lies” at one point in the book. It also explains another one of his many nicknames: Tall-talker. Even though Game of Thrones does feature real giants – which the wildlings of the North commemorate in story and song – there is probably no baseline truth to Tormund’s story. But given that this was the last episode before full-on, with the White Walkers breaks out, it’s unlikely the show is going to revisit the details to pick apart the details any time soon.

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