[Warning: Game of Thrones season 8, episode 2, “Knight of the Seven Kingdoms” spoilers beyond this point.]
Last night’s episode of Game of Thrones was one of long-awaited reunions and satisfying (and awkward) firsts. Jaime Lannister and Bran Stark spoke for the first time since Jaime pushed him off the tower! Sansa reunited with Theon! Jaime knighted Brienne (that’s Ser Brienne of Tarth to you) and everyone weeped! Arya got with Gendry and people felt a type of way!
But for some reason, out of all that, the thought I couldn’t let go of was that bumbling squire Podrick Payne got...hot? Watching Pod spar and sing and support his mentor was basically the equivalent of Riverdale’s Kevin Keller creeping on Archie Andrews when he came back from summer break with an even mix of awe and respect.
We learned in season 3 that our boy was basically a sex god, but that had little effect over whether he could get it when it came to his overall presence. As one colleague of mine asked in our GoT slack room last night, “What changed??? He got ’90s-boy hot.” Apparently, training with Brienne gives you good hair, an angelic singing voice, and a higher credit score. Now that I think about it, that checks out.
Anyway, it wasn’t just me and the other Cosmo editors who took notice. Twitter had thoughts.
Arya: Gendry, Podrick, the tailor’s hot son...- The Volatile Mermaid (@OhNoSheTwitnt) April 22, 2019
Sansa: Is that your new list?
Arya: In a way, yes.
The biggest twist of season 8 GOT is podrick got hot- L (@lauren_ludwick) April 22, 2019
Where were all your fan theories on this, Reddit?!
Podrick and human Shrek tho pic.twitter.com/KukoE6QsIK- Christine Le (@christineeeele) April 22, 2019
BTW, this counts as calling him hot, according to Cosmo’s own list of hot animated characters.
Obviously, it wasn’t just Pod’s luscious new look that got the internet hot for Pod. It was also his lovely rendition of the GoT original “Jenny” before the big battle.
The Night King and his army while Podrick was singing pic.twitter.com/OtwvGciZDL- YNW B.E (@Jaminonurblock) April 22, 2019
Even Gwendoline Christie got in on the action; however, her Instagram post could be a big hint that our boy doesn’t make it past next episode. 💔 💔💔
That...sounds like a goodbye to me. Here was Daniel Portman’s post:
WHY WOULD YOU GIVE US HOT POD JUST TO TAKE HIM AWAY?!
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