Warning: this article contains Game of Thrones season eight, episode four spoilers.
Despite the deaths of Missandei and Rhaegal the dragon, the scene in last Sunday’s Game of Thrones that upset fans most seems to have been Jon Snow not giving his loyal direwolf Ghost a pat goodbye.
In “The Last of the Starks,” Jon accompanies sometime lover/full-time aunt Daenerys Targaryen south to fight Cersei Lannister for the Iron Throne. Before doing so, he decides not to take Ghost with him — direwolves haven’t fared well in the South, much like Stark men — and instead asks Tormund Giantsbane to take the Ghost north of what was The Wall with the Wildlings.
The upsetting part comes when Jon just stares at the dejected, injured direwolf without so much as a word of goodbye, let alone a final pat. Clearly, Jon forgot what Ned Stark told his kids about their wolf pups way back in season one, episode one: “You’ll train them yourselves, you’ll feed them yourselves, and if they die, you’ll bury them yourselves.”
In an interview with HuffPost, episode director David Nutter explained that Jon’s ghosting of Ghost was for technical reasons. “Since the direwolves are kind of CG creations, we felt it best to keep it as simple as possible,” he said. “And I think that it played out much more powerfully that way. Keeping Ghost off to the side, I thought that played out better… He just walks off by himself, he turns to Ghost and has this moment with Ghost that I thought was very, very powerful.”
John Bradley, who plays Jon’s friend Samwell Tarly in the show, added, “Hopefully, Ghost knows what he means to Jon — and Jon knows what Ghost means to him.”
However, fans weren’t so sure. Take a look at the Twitter reactions to Jon Snow abandoning Ghost below.
You know nothing, Jon Snow
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