A Fan-Favorite Game of Thrones Character Will Return in the Final Season
For most of the last two seasons, Jon Snow's beloved direwolf Ghost has been missing from Game of Thrones. After protecting Snow's body, when he was briefly dead at the beginning of Season Six, the direwolf has been notably absent from the show. It's understood that Snow didn't let Ghost participate in the Battle of the Bastards for the direwolf's own safety. Since then, Ghost has supposedly been hanging out at Winterfell, guarding Sansa while Jon Snow is off hooking up with his aunt on sexy boats. The only mention of Ghost in Season Seven was in Episode Five, when Sansa complained that she had to "sit and wait for him like Ghost" when he was off trying to save the world.
But, the good news is, Ghost will return as more than just a mention in Season 8.
“Oh, you’ll see him again. He has a fair amount of screen time in Season 8,” VFX supervisor Joe Bauer told the Huffington Post. "Ghost does show up, and he does some ... he’s very present and does some pretty cool things in Season Eight."
So, why were the Direwolves—who play an important symbolic role in the books and show—absent from the later seasons of Game of Thrones?
Bauer said it's because it's not so easy working with actual wolves, understandably.
“The direwolves are tough because you don’t want to get them wrong, so we end up always shooting real wolves and doing a scaling trick with them, but the real wolves only behave in certain ways,” Bauer said.
There actually was a scene filmed for Season Seven that explained what happened to Ghost, but Bauer said it was ultimately cut. Which makes sense considering all the other glaring plot holes in Season Seven.
This story originally appeared on Esquire.com.
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