There are a lot of storylines that need wrapping up in the final season of Game of Thrones. One character that has not received attention until recently is Jon Snow’s (Kit Harington) beloved direwolf, Ghost. It’s been a while since we’ve seen Ghost in action, and visual effects supervisor Joe Bauer just revealed that he’ll be back Season 8 — which could be big things are in store for Jon.
“Oh, you’ll see him again,” Bauer teased. “He has a fair amount of screen time in Season 8.”
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Ghost has been by Jon’s side during some the biggest times of his life. The last time we saw the direwolf was back in Season 6, when Jon was resurrected at Castle Black. The only reason we have not seen more of the creature is because it takes a lot of time and effort to digitally put him in scenes.
As Bauer explained, they use footage of real wolves on the show and then scale them to size. The only problem is that the wolves don’t always act like they want them to.
According to Marie Claire, producers wanted to bring Ghost back when Jon fought in the “Battle of the Bastards” episode. The director of the battle, Miguel Sapochnik, explained that Ghost was featured throughout the fight, but they had to remove his scenes because it became too expensive to produce.
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At the end of the day, they had to pick between Ghost and the giant, Wun-Wun, and they chose the latter.
Bauer did not reveal what Ghost will be up to in Season 8, but it is safe to assume that he’ll be by Jon’s side in the fight against the White Walkers. Whether that means Jon makes it out alive is another matter.
Season 8 of Game of Thrones is scheduled to premiere sometime in 2019.