Episode 3 of Game of Thrones Season 8 saw Jon Snow’s (Kit Harington) direwolf, Ghost helping out at the Battle of Winterfell. In Episode 4, Ghost was shown, battered and missing an ear, but alive. While this was a relief to fans, they were not impressed with Jon’s actions towards the beast.
SPOILER ALERT: This article discusses Episode 4 (titled “The Last of the Starks”) of HBO’s Game of Thrones Season 8. Please proceed with caution if you have not yet viewed this episode and wish to avoid spoilers.
Ghost fought valiantly in the Battle of Winterfell and managed to survive against the odds. However, Episode 4 of Game of Thrones Season 8 saw Jon Snow give the animal away to Tormund Giantsbane (Kristofer Hivju) rather than take him South to King’s Landing. While fans could understand the reasoning behind not wanting to take an animal designed for the cold North to the warmer South, they were not impressed there was no proper goodbye between Jon and his direwolf.
Jon gave a hearty goodbye to Tormund as he also gave Ghost away to the wilding. After that, he also hugged both Gilly (Hannah Murray) and Samwell Tarly (John Bradley) in front of Ghost. Then, when it was time to give Ghost a send-off, Jon merely looked at the animal — who stepped forward towards Jon — and then Jon left.
Now, one of the show’s directors, David Notter, has revealed the real reason why Jon didn’t hug Ghost in the latest episode of Game of Thrones.
“Since the direwolves are kind of CG creations, we felt it best to keep it as simple as possible,” said Nutter, according to the Huffington Post.
“And I think that it played out much more powerfully that way.”
However, Twitter users beg to differ as they responded to the cold-shoulder treatment.
Some fans were just surprised at Jon for not giving Ghost a hug before leaving.
— Stilllostintranslation (@o_candyy) May 7, 2019
Others reminded Jon Snow that a true dog lover would have given Ghost a proper hug.
Jon Snow with Ghost
— Chris Walder (@WalderSports) May 6, 2019
In fact, many owners of pets would have been left in tears at the prospect of never seeing their pet again.
— Mostly Philly Things (@gophili123) May 6, 2019
Other Game of Thrones fans also pointed out that Ghost lost an ear for Jon Snow.
Jon didn’t even say goodbye to Ghost?!?! Thanks for being a loyal good boy? Sorry about your ear?Thanks for saving my life? You know nothing Jon Snow. #GameofThrones#GhostDeservedBetter pic.twitter.com/maC6xKcJ59
— Jason Klappa (@Johnny_Post) May 6, 2019
Then, there was this heartbreaking tweet that really got to the underlying issue from fans of why they were so upset that Jon didn’t hug Ghost before leaving Winterfell.
— Wade Stewart (@WadeStewart5) May 7, 2019
Of course, Tormund did suggest to Jon, before he left, that he had the true North in him and that they might meet up again. So, maybe there is a chance that Jon can redeem himself with Ghost?
Only by tuning into the remaining episodes of Game of Thrones will reveal this answer.
Season 8 of Game of Thrones returns to HBO with Episode 4 on Sunday, May 12, at 9 p.m. ET.