Of all the events that went down in “Battle of the Bastards,” one of the less flashy but nonetheless important victories for Jon Snow came when he proved that he is the best direwolf owner in the Seven Kingdoms. While he and all the Stark children each came into possession of an adorable direwolf pup back in Season 1, Jon Snow has been the only one who was able to keep his pet alive up until now ( ). The obvious reason for that is because Ghost is not invited to giant battles like the one in last Sunday’s episode.
Where was Ghost during the epic battle for Winterfell, you might have asked? Why wasn’t he fighting alongside his master, biting out the throats of Bolton soldiers?Tech Insider caught up with Liam Cunningham, who plays Ser Davos, and barked the question about why Ghost wasn’t included in the fighting:
“Yeah that would have been cool, [but] obviously a big battle like that is no place for a direwolf. They’re not gonna last very long – I mean look at what happened to Wun Wun, the last of the giants.”
Too true. RIP Wun Wun.
Watching Rickon die was hard enough; we didn’t need to watch Ghost stick by Jon’s side as they both ran right into Ramsay’s trap. Besides, it was incredibly satisfying seeing Ramsay’s face get gnawed off by his own mangey dogs.
Since Ghost is still perfectly alive, Cunningham admits that Ser Davos wouldn’t mind getting to spend a little more QT with the white wolf:
“I would prefer to have Ghost with Davos [rather] than with Jon. Even though it’s his direwolf, I just like the idea of an insurance policy.”
Makes sense, given that Davos was probably the one that had to pick up responsibility for Ghost when we were all waiting for Jon to come back to life.
There is one other Stark direwolf that’s still woofing around Westeros: Nymeria, Arya’s wolf. After Nymeria bit Joffrey, Arya tragically White Fang-ed her, forcing her to run away in order to save her life. In the books, Nymeria is running around as alpha female of a pack of dogs that eat humans. Could the show Nymeria be doing the same, and are we ever going to get a reunion?
In memory of the dearly departed direwolves, rewatch this clip of them as adorable puppies:
Don’t forget to check out the preview for the Game of Thrones Season 6 finale, “Winds of Winter,” which airs on HBO this Sunday. Watch it .
Did you notice that Ghost was missing from ‘The Battle of the Bastards’? When do you think we’ll next see the white direwolf?
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