For seven seasons, Game of Thrones‘s Brienne of Tarth has been a stoic force on the show: as acted by Gwendoline Christie, Brienne is a powerful warrior with an icy exterior and an unimpeachable sense of honor. She’s also gone through her fair share of pain, being regularly rejected by the men of her family and of the fighting ranks who view her gender first, and her aptitude later.
So on Sunday night’s second episode of Thrones season eight, seeing Brienne receive a knighthood — from Ser Jaime Lannister no less, was nothing short of heart-melting. Add to that the tear-filled smile she cracks after the deed is done and Tyrion Lannister, Tormund Giantsbane, Ser Davos and Podrick are cheering for her, and it’s perhaps the first time we’ve seen Brienne show emotion other than intensity, sadness or disdain. In other words, while we know the Battle of Winterfell against the Night King’s army is coming, at least Brienne got one moment of pure joy when she received the title of knight, making her the first official lady knight in the history of the Seven Kingdoms. (The whole episode was aptly titled “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms,” too.)
Naturally, fans of Brienne could not have been more excited to see how it all went down.
Also… literally cheered out loud for our girl @lovegwendoline and Brienne getting their Knighthood like yaasssss 🙌🏽 Get yours!
— Nathalie Emmanuel (@missnemmanuel) April 22, 2019
— Piper Anderson (@PiperAnderson1) April 22, 2019
— a knight of the seven kingdoms (@_catastroph3) April 22, 2019
— 🍂 Beck 🍂 (@bookishmuse) April 22, 2019
This scene screwed me up. They share the purest form of love. The only scene in the history of GOT that wasn’t physical but was intimate & passionate af ❤️🔥✨
— Bilal (@enigmatic_being) April 22, 2019
Good morning to the peeps, but special one to some of the ladies of #GameofThrones
Sansa continues to show she is not the one for Dany to try.
Arya showed Gendry who's boss, and my cinnamon roll Brienne, finally became a Knight. My heart overflows. pic.twitter.com/aH7afdkAYV
— Carolyn 'Can't Nobody Tell Me Nothing' Hinds. (@CarrieCnh12) April 22, 2019
“All my life men like you have sneered at me, and all my life I’ve been knocking men like you into the dust.”
“Arise, Brienne of Tarth, knight of the Seven Kingdoms.” pic.twitter.com/7u2cGvDXU8
— Lil Braime Adventures (@LilBraimeAds) April 22, 2019
everyone say thank you #gameofthrones for showing a scene with a room of powerful men honoring a woman for her work and accomplishments despite it "breaking tradition" and having no personal gain in doing so.
Ser Brienne, Knight of the Seven Kingdoms, is my hero. pic.twitter.com/vQZ251qfsV
— manders (@Batmanders) April 22, 2019