A ‘Game Of Thrones’ Writer Has Addressed Ghost’s Keenly Felt Absence

Minor spoilers for ‘Game of Thrones’ S7E2 ‘Stormborn’ coming your way.

A ‘Game of Thrones‘ writer / director has addressed the keenly felt absence of a certain direwolf in last night’s episode – and no, not that direwolf, Nymeria, who reunited briefly with Arya (!!!!!!!!!!!!) only to refuse her invitation to come north.

We’re talking about Jon Snow‘s direwolf Ghost, who has been largely absent since a THRILLING scene early last season, where he lay next to Jon’s frozen corpse.

He wasn’t even in the epic bloodbath that was ‘Battle of the Bastards‘, an absence that raised a few eyebrows. (It was a money thing, in the end, and director Miguel Sapochnik said it was a choice between Ghost and the giant Wun Wun.

“Is anyone else upset that Ghost isn’t more involved?” asked one Redditormmurray2k7, following last night’s episode. “I know that the production cost to CG a direwolf is extensive but Ghost is/was an integral part of Jon’s storyline. And are you trying to tell me Jon is going to go to Dragonstone without his trusty sidekick then I would disagree.”

But apparently, scenes with Ghost were actually filmed – Byran Cogman, who wrote last night’s episode, addressed everyone’s disappointment on Twitter. 

Unfortunately, he didn’t tell us which scene that was, but ouch. We already know that scenes with the direwolves are expensive as hell – must’ve been a rubbish scene to cull it. (May I suggest next time whittling down anything with the Sands in it?)

Fingers crossed for some Jon/Ghost scenes that actually make it this season.
(And on another, less-related note, I’m finding it harder and harder to believe Jon Snow would name his mythological direwolf puppy anything as trite as ‘Ghost’. You’re showing your age, George R.R. Martin.) 

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