Jon Snow's direwolf Ghost will be returning for the final installment of Game of Thrones (Season 8)—and fans are ecstatic.
Snow's albino sidekick has been absent since Season 6 of the show. According to GoT writer Bryan Cogman, he was supposed to make at least one appearance in the penultimate season but the scene wound up on the cutting room floor.
According to the show's VFX supervisor, Joe Bauer, Ghost will be "very present" in Season 8.
He told Huffington Post:
Oh, you’ll see him again. He has a fair amount of screen time in Season 8. He’s very present and does some pretty cool things in Season 8.
Fans were super excited for Ghost's return:
One fan speculated about why Ghost is coming back:
Others theorized about why Ghost was not included in Season 7, but is now able to return to the show:
According to Bauer, real-life wolves are difficult to work with, which is why their role in the show is not quite as great as in the book series.
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.
At this point in the show, all but two of the original direwolves have been killed off: Ghost and Arya’s wolf, Nymeria.
Some fans commented about the differences between the show and the books:
Look for the premier of Game of Thrones Season 8 sometime during early 2019.
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