Spoilers ahead for the Season 7 finale of Game of Thrones.
In the blink of an eye Game of Thrones Season 7 has come and gone. The penultimate installment in HBO's massively popular fantasy series brought a ton of payoffs, long awaited reunions, and new character pairings. And the season finale continued this trend, assembling the largest group of major characters since the very first episode. But "The Dragon and The Wolf" also left the fandom with a pretty sizable cliffhanger, as the Night King and a zombified Viserion blasted a hole in The Wall over at Eastwatch. As such, the fates of both Tormund Giantsbane and Beric Dondarrion were left in the air.
While fans have been hoping Tormund might make it out ok, the actor isn't so sure. Kristofer Hivju addressed his character's fate, and confirmed that things aren't looking great for everyone's favorite Wildling. He said,
Well, damnit. Kristofer Hivju doesn't seem hopeful that he'll be returning for more wright battling action in Game of Thrones' eight and final season.
While Tormund and Beric's fate seemed pretty grim in the final scene of Season 7, many fans have been holding out hope that they might have survived Viserion's ice blasts. Because in the shot where we see The Wall fall, there are parts of the structure that remain intact. So if Tormund was able to run far enough from the fall, then perhaps he could show up when the series returns.
Because while Kristofer Hivju doesn't know whether or not Tormund will return for Game of Thrones' final season, he's acknowledged how Season 7's finale may have been his last episode. In the same conversation with THR, Hivju described this possibility, saying:
While Kristofer Hivju is clearly itching to return to Westeros, going down by ice dragon is a pretty great way to go for the seemingly unstoppable warrior.
It's currently unclear exactly when Game of Thrones' final season will arrive, but you can catch up on Season 7 on HBO's streaming services. In the meantime, check out our fall premiere list to plan your next binge watch.
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