If you’re a #Briennemund shipper, then avert your gaze, because this bit of news might send you into a rage spiral. Okay, are you sitting down? Good. According to Kristofer Hivju (Tormund Giantsbane), scenes between him and Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth) were cut from the show. It’s okay; take a moment.
Hivju revealed this when talking to Digital Spy. At some point in the series, he made up a little monologue and said it to Christie, but it ended up on the cutting room floor. “We did a lot of stuff with Tormund and Brienne that they took out because it became too much,” he said. “I think they took the right choice in the edit, but there is some fun stuff laying around.”
John Bradley (Samwell Tarly) and Hannah Murray (Gilly) also talked to Digital Spy about their favorite cut scene. talked about a scene where Gilly has some insight on the White Walkers. “We did a scene together where Gilly talks about the White Walkers that I really really enjoyed,” Murray said. “I had a kind of monologue about them, and that ended up not [making it into the show]. It was just a really kind of lovely backstory, because you know it’s easy to forget because she’s come so far…That she had a deeper understanding than we maybe realized I thought was…a really cool scene.”
Murray says the scene would have emotionally taken Gilly back “to that world of being in Craster’s Keep.” We’re not exactly sure where on the Game of Thrones timeline this would have fallen, but I would have loved to see that.
Isaac Hempstead Wright recalled a scene from the Game of Thrones pilot episode that didn’t make it into the final cut where Bran and Tommen where practicing with swords and they were overly padded to protect them from injury, which is a scene directly from the first book in the Song of Ice and Fire series.
Hopefully we’ll get to see the rough footage from some of these scenes someday, perhaps on a complete series box set?