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Game Of Thrones: 9 Quotes That Prove Jon & Tormund Had The Best Friendship

Jon Snow and Tormund Giantsbane forged one of the most unexpected yet satisfying friendships in Game of Thrones. Despite Tormund being one of the Free Folk and Jon being a member of their sworn enemy, the Night’s Watch, Jon and Tormund found common cause and a friendship in their fight against the Army of the Dead.


While it was a genuine two-way relationship, more of the quotes that prove the strength of their friendship are spoken by Tormund as he is generally much more talkative, expressive and animated than Jon.

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“You Spent Too Much Time With Us, Jon Snow. You Can Never Be A Kneeler Again.”

— Tormund Giantsbane (Season 4, Episode 10).

Despite being a captive of the Night’s Watch after the Battle of Castle Black, Tormund still couldn’t help but show his admiration and respect for Jon. When he asked Jon if Stannis was his king now and Jon replied that he had no king, he smiled knowingly at Jon.

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Jon might have remained loyal to the Night’s Watch, but he proved to be one of the Free Folk at heart and someone who does not want to kneel before others, especially those whose authority he does not fully respect. The common values between Jon and Tormund meant that even with Jon’s betrayal and Tormund’s captivity, the two of them might still be true friends one day.

“You Are Not My Enemy, And I Am Not Yours.”

— Jon Snow (Season 5, Episode 5).

Jon was the one who reopened the door of friendship between him and Tormund in season 5. Although it was controversial, one of Jon Snow’s best decisions in Game of Thrones was to ally with Tormund and bring the remaining Free Folk onto the other side of the Wall. To do this, he knew he needed Tormund’s help.

It was a pragmatic decision in the fight against the Army of the Dead, but it was a decision Jon only felt confident in making because he trusted, respected, and believed in Tormund. Jon proved that he and Tormund weren’t enemies and that they and their people were better off working together instead of continuing to distrust each other.

“We’re Fools Together Now.”

— Tormund Giantsbane (Season 5, Episode 8).

“Hardhome” is the best episode in Game of Thrones season 5 and marks the moment where Jon and Tormund truly cast aside all their distrust and complicated history. When they arrived at Hardhome, they were acting on Jon’s plan, but Jon let Tormund lead the way in convincing the Free Folk. When Tormund asked Jon if he trusted him, Jon asked if that made him a fool, with Tormund replying that they were fools together now.

This marked the point of Jon and Tormund being on the same page and working together for what they knew was right, even though it would be controversial among both the Night’s Watch and the Free Folk. They agreed to be “fools” together and moving forward, they were always in sync as friends and allies.

“He’s prettier than both my daughters, but he knows how to fight. He’s young, but he knows how to lead.”

Tormund Giantsbane (Season 5, Episode 8)

Karsi and the other remaining leaders of the Free Folk were understandably wary of the proposed alliance with the Night’s Watch. When Karsi asked Tormund if he vouched for Jon, Tormund replied, “”He’s prettier than both my daughters, but he knows how to fight. He’s young, but he knows how to lead.” In this, he demonstrated the foundation of a strong friendship with Jon.

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Like a true friend’s, Tormund’s words poke fun of Jon, but they also show how much he respects and admires Jon, making it clear that his friend is someone the Free Folk can trust and stand beside moving forward.

“I Saw Your P—–. What Kind Of God Would Have A P—– That Small?”

— Tormund Giantsbane (Season 6, Episode 3).

When Jon returns from the dead, Tormund is one of the first to greet and embrace him. Not only is he there for Jon, but he wastes no time making fun of him in a way that only a true friend can.

Bringing back someone from death isn’t something that either of them fully understands. While others are initially afraid and cautious around Jon, Tormund does not treat Jon any differently, proving that he is simply grateful for Jon to be alive and again for their friendship to pick back up where it left off.

“He died for us. If we are not willing to do the same for him, we’re cowards. And if that’s what we are, we deserve to be the last of the Free Folk.”

Tormund Giantsbane (Season 6, Episode 7)

The Free Folk are hesitant to join the fight against the Boltons in season 6. It is not their fight and the deal they made with Jon was that they would only join the fight against the Army of the Dead. Tormund is the one to convince his people to fight alongside his best friend. Jon literally died because of the sacrifices he made for Tormund and the Free Folk, and it is Tormund who reminds them of what his friend did, and that it is only fair they return the favor.

Tormund is not a manipulative individual–he even tells Jon that he and his people are not clever like southerners, and they do what they say they’ll do. Tormund is being honest as he genuinely believes his people should fight alongside his friend who has gone above and beyond for them.

“How many of his people died for his pride?”

Tormund Giantsbane (Season 7, Episode 6)

One of the most important qualities of a friendship is being honest with each other, even when the truth is difficult to hear. This important kind of honesty is illustrated when Tormund asked Jon what happened when he met the “Dragon Queen” (Daenerys). Jon explained that she would only fight beside them if Jon bent the knee to her. Tormund and Jon had spoken before about how neither of them liked kneeling to others.

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Instead of remaining fixated on this point, Tormund brings up how Mance Rayder was a brave and proud man who refused to bend the knee, but questions how many had to die for Mance’s pride. Tormund is making sure that Jon does not let his pride get in the way of his better judgment and to even consider bending the knee if it means having a better chance against the Army of the Dead. Not only is Tormund able to be brutally honest with his friend, but Jon is receptive to his friend’s honesty in return.

“I wish I was going with you.”

Jon Snow (Season 8, Episode 4)

Jon Snow is a character who has almost put duty first. He is comfortable enough with Tormund that when Tormund tells Jon he would be happier returning to the “real North” with the Free Folk than going south to fight Daenerys’ war, Jon can say he wishes he was going with Tormund.

This moment also shows how much Tormund understands Jon as he knows what Jon needs and what will make him happy, and he knows that none of that awaits Jon in the south. Both Jon and Tormund know Jon will never abandon his duties and the promises he’s made, but they also know what each other ultimately need most out of life, which could be part of their stories in the upcoming Jon Snow sequel series.

“You’ve got the North in you. The real North.”

Tormund Giantsbane (Season 8, Episode 4)

These are the last words that Jon and Tormund share in the series. It is a reminder to Jon of who he truly is and what he deserves. It is also high praise from Tormund considering his reverence for the “real North” and that he considers Jon to have that in him. Above all, it offers a hopeful promise that Jon’s time there and his relationship with Tormund is not quite finished.

That promise is delivered on in the final moments in the series finale as Jon arrives at Castle Black and travels to the “real North” with Ghost, Tormund, and the other Free Folk, just as Jon wanted, and where he belongs with his best friend.

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