If you felt a little miffed that Jon Snow’s trusty sidekick “ghosted” him for the entirety of season 7 then prepare to turn that frown upside down because Ghost is back for season 8.
“Game of Thrones” VFX supervisor Joe Bauer has shared that fans can expect the ultimate “good boy” to be “very present” in the final season of the show.
“Oh, you’ll see him again. He has a fair amount of screen time in season 8,” Bauer told Huffington Post. “He’s very present and does some pretty cool things in season 8.”
Bauer also mentioned that Ghost was supposed to be a part of season 7 but unfortunately his scene ended up on the cutting-room floor. The scene featured Jon telling Ghost to take care of Sansa as he leaves Winterfell. A clue to when we’ll see Ghost again in season 8? Only time will tell.
The reason behind the lack of direwolves in past seasons is that, no surprise here, the real wolves that stand in for their monstrous ancient mythological fore-wolves aren’t easy to work with.
“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.
The show has taken a “dire” approach to the original pack, with only Jon Snow’s Ghost and Arya’s Nymeria still alive. Whereas in the books, Shaggydog and Summer are both still alive. On top of that, the books also showcase Jon & Arya’s warging abilities with the wolves, a detail the HBO series has opted to exclude, saving the warging for Bran alone.
Now all we need is an update on Daario Naharis’ whereabouts and we can start counting down the days until the show’s return in April 2019.