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 a weird idea of what counts as a pickup line. In season 8's second episode, when he's finally reunited with Brienne of Tarth, he's been crying for a while now, he's telling her what sounds like a tall tale, claiming it's the true story of 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.
In "A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms," Tormund asks Brienne and the group around, "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
In George R.R. Martin's A Storm of Swords Tormund tells a story about Jon Snow during their travels. In this rendition, he says, "he's a boy and stupid the way boys are." Caught in the middle of a winter storm, he was warmly taken 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 warm enough, did you, 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. Har! There's times I miss the Taste of Giant's Milk, though.
Even though I can not see the glaring inconsistency in this tale, he said: "Tormund could not have killed the giant, as his name implies took care of him. Tormund shrugs off the fact that he just caught in a lie, that he did not actually kill the giant. "Tormund Giantsbane has a better ring than Tormund Giantsbabe, and that's the honest truth o 'it," he says.
It's true that they were once giants in the far north, like Wu Wants, who appeared on the show on seasons 5 and 6. And while nicknames do sometimes carry some of it, 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 slews, and the one who nursed him. Otherwise, it's still time to confuse it.
Brienne, or anyone else present. Jon Snow thinks of him as a "great bag of wind and reading" 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 – what the wildlings of the North commemorate in story and song – there's probably no baseline to Tormund's story. But this is not the end of the story, but the White Walkers breaks out, it's unlikely the show is going to revisit the story. "