Game of Thrones hit an enormous climax in the midst of its last season with The Long Night, the third of the present’s last six episodes. With the military of the lifeless at its gates, the forces of the dwelling, led by Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow, confronted a last showdown to defeat the Night King as soon as and for all. (In his review, Senior Entertainment Editor Mike Rougeau wasn’t too completely satisfied about how the present dealt with the battle.) Finally, Jon Snow’s long-missing direwolf, Ghost, was among the many fighters for the living–least for a second.
We’ve been questioning what the deal is with Ghost for fairly some time. He final had any actual screentime again in Season 6, when Melisandre resurrected Jon from the lifeless. He principally vanished after that, on account of the effort and cost of animating the direwolves being truly fairly excessive. But we noticed him briefly return in Season 8’s second episode, establishing that the pup was hanging round Winterfell with Jon. And lastly, we noticed him get into the motion at first of the Battle of Winterfell.
Ghost costs into the combat with Daenerys’s Dothraki screamers and Jorah Mormont, who lead the battle in opposition to the military of the lifeless. Slowly, nonetheless, we notice the Dothraki are utterly overmatched, and only some horses and Jorah Mormont appear to outlive the assault. Ghost is not among the many survivors who come fleeing again to Winterfell–so what occurred to the direwolf?
It appears there isn’t any wight model of Ghost on the market within the fields round Winterfell, regardless of the suggestion that the direwolf might need fallen in battle. Though he by no means exhibits up once more in Episode 3, HBO gave a super-quick trace that there is extra Ghost to come back, not less than within the subsequent episode of the present.
You can very briefly glimpse Ghost with the survivors of the Battle of Winterfell within the teaser for Episode 4, which aired on the finish of The Long Night. Look extraordinarily carefully on the correct aspect of the body, behind Daenerys and Samwell Tarly, and you may catch sight of Ghost hanging out with all people else simply exterior the Winterfell gates, because the survivors ostensibly put together to burn the numerous, many our bodies piled up exterior the fortress. A flash of white fur and 4 legs is about all we are able to spot, although.
Not seeing what Ghost obtained as much as within the Battle of Winterfell was undoubtedly one thing of a bummer. In the early seasons of the present and in George R. R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” novels on which they’re primarily based, the direwolves and their connection to the Stark kids at all times appeared like a really massive deal, and a relationship that was main someplace. The present has all however written the remaining direwolves out altogether, although. Summer, Bran’s wolf, died defending him on the cave of the Three-Eyed Raven, and Rickon’s wolf Shaggy Dog died off-screen earlier than the Battle of the Bastards in Season 6. Ghost just about vanished from the present, together with Arya’s wolf Nymeria, who confirmed up briefly in Season 7 to offer Arya an emotional second earlier than disappearing again into the woods. In reality, there have been some fan theories that steered each Ghost and Nymeria would have an element to play within the battle in opposition to the Night King and in saving their respective Starks. That the direwolves and their relationships with the Stark household has seemingly amounted to so little is likely one of the larger disappointments with the present’s adaptation of the novels.
It’s not clear what position Ghost might need, if any, going ahead. We know Daenerys means to go south to King’s Landing along with her remaining forces to take the Iron Throne, and one assumes Jon can be in tow to assist. So possibly Ghost is heading down to tear out the throats of some Golden Company dudes. Maybe Ghost will take a web page from his sister and go be free, now that the specter of the Night King has been eradicated. It will surely assist maintain the consequences finances down for present’s previous few episodes.