While many people loved the last season of Game of Thrones, some hardcore fans complained that the show didn’t show what was happening with Jon Snow’s direwolf, Ghost. But now we know his fate.
Game of Thrones writer Bryan Cogman said that the show did film a scene explaining where Ghost was all season. But the scene was eventually cut from the show. If you remember in season seven, there’s a scene where Jon heads down to the crypts of Winterfell to visit the grave of his “father” (we now know it’s not his father, but Jon doesn’t know that) Ned Stark. Cogman said that in the original script, Jon leaves the crypt and tells Ghost to stay in Winterfell and protect his sister, Sansa Stark, while he goes to Dragonstone to meet Daenerys Targaryen.
Some hardcore Game of Thrones fans have criticized the show for not including Ghost in more scenes. In the books, Ghost is near Jon’s side nearly constantly and helps him fight enemies in several chapters. And yet on the show, we’ve seen very little of Ghost in the last few seasons, despite Jon constantly ending up in life-threatening situations.
The reason that’s commonly cited is money. The CGI to produce the direwolves on the show is apparently incredibly expensive, and to use that much money to have Ghost around in a ton of scenes would cost way too much. Instead, the show uses its CGI money to include Ghost when he’s most needed.
So we’re guessing the show will not end with Ghost mauling the Night King to death.