From the moment Tormund Giantsbane began his rather unconventional courtship of Brienne of Tarth, he cemented his status as one of our favorite characters in the TV adaptation of George R. R. Martin's Game of Thrones. And following the heavily-bearded Wildling's conversation with the Hound in last week's episode, "Beyond the Wall," his non-existent romance with the valiant swordswoman overtook everything that we could ever hope for #DaenerysTargaryen and Jon Snow's incestuous, and increasingly awkward, pairing in Season 7:
Indeed, the Tormund we know from the show is a weather-beaten ruffian that is "good at killing people," which is why the following is likely to pop your eyes out of their sockets in a matter of seconds.
A series of images of Norwegian actor Kristofer Hivju have recently surfaced on social media, showing the star without his signature facial hair, grubby face and slightly deranged expression. And quite frankly, they're nothing short of phenomenal.
Looking fresh-faced AF and with a jawline you could cut glass with, ol' Tormund has totally snagged a coveted spot on our #GoT crush list with his clean-cut, handsome visage.
Let's just hope that now that we've all seen him looking like an actual god, Brienne finds it in her heart to do the same. Because, as the Wildling giant has already suggested, let's face it, their babies would be absolutely beautiful.
The Game of Thrones Season 7 finale airs on Sunday, August 27, on #HBO.
Do you prefer Tormund with or without his fiery beard?