Jon Snow said his goodbyes to Winterfell and some of his dearest friends, including his direwolf, Ghost, in Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 4. Believing he would be better off North of the Wall, Jon asked Tormund to take Ghost with him instead, but fans were understandably upset when their final scene together garnered only the briefest of head nods from Jon (blink and you’ll miss it). A new Game of Thrones leak, however, suggests the series finale will reunite them and possibly foreshadow Jon’s fate.
In the Season 8, Episode 5 podcast episode of A Storm of Spoilers, co-host and journalist Joanna Robinson revealed there would be “extensive patting and petting” of a direwolf in Episode 6. That definitely sounds like Jon and Ghost to us (Arya and Nymeria is a slim alternative contender).
The quote was given to Robinson from another journalist by way of a VFX technician for Game of Thrones. This heavily implies a reunion between Jon and Ghost, and the only way that will happen is if Jon heads North of the Wall.
There are only a couple of reasons why Jon would make that trip, and only one that really makes sense. The most logical theory is that Jon will send himself into exile after killing Daenerys to stop her from murdering even more people after the Battle of King’s Landing. After killing his lover/aunt, Jon will likely refuse his place on the Iron Throne and instead “take the black” to avoid the death penalty for regicide before heading north to rejoin Ghost and Tormund.
If you want to get a little more out there, you could speculate that Jon’s trip back North and his reunion with Ghost may be spurred by the return of the White Walkers. There’s two major theories that could explain this: 1.) Dany becomes the Night Queen or 2.) Jon actually becomes the new Night King. Does that make Ghost a White Walker pup?
Longtime Game of Thrones director David Nutter suggested the reason Jon didn’t pet, pat, or hug Ghost goodbye in Episode 4 was due to CGI limitations. “Since the direwolves are kind of CG creations, we felt it best to keep it as simple as possible,” Nutter told Huffington Post. “And I think that it played out much more powerfully that way.”
It seemed like a questionable reason for the decision at first, especially considering all the CGI that went into creating Daenerys’ dragons. If this was really the last time Jon would ever see Ghost, their farewell should have been much more emotional, right? However, now that we know Ghost might appear again in Episode 6, perhaps the lackluster goodbye was precisely because the duo would get a more touching moment later on.
If Jon’s going North of the Wall, it’s definitely less likely he’ll be crowned King of Westeros (possibly leaving an opening for Sansa). Though he has a claim to the throne as the last male-born Targaryen, Jon never wanted to rule and probably feels more at home in the North than he would at King’s Landing (which is destroyed now, anyway). He could also become leader of the Free Folk, which is highly possible since he already has Tormund’s trust. Whatever happens, the reveal of a direwolf reunion effectively seals his fate and brings his journey right back to where it all started.
The Trailer for Game of Thrones Documentary “The Last Watch” Is Here
We’re all mourning the end of Game of Thrones. Regardless of how you feel about this final season, the show has been a huge part of the pop cultural digest for the last decade. It’s a big part of so many of our lives, and saying goodbye will be as bittersweet as the plot likely will be. The hole it will leave not just in our Sunday schedules, but also in our water cooler conversations and our social media feeds, will be astronomical. We’re not entirely sure that we’re ready for it to be over.
As we approach the final ever episode of the final ever season of the Game of Thrones, fans are looking everywhere for clues to find out how it’s all going to end, and who’s going to end up on the Iron Throne.
As one of the most highly anticipated, action-packed and visually stunning programmes ever, it should come as no surprise that the team behind Game of Thrones have also produced a documentary about the making of the final season.
It has been, it’s fair to say, the most tense season ever. With battles that lasted longer than we’ve ever seen, more White Walkers you could shake a stick at, and enough dragon riding to give you some major chafing.
And as much as we love the series, the visual effects and the epic battle sequences, we want to peek behind the curtain and see how it’s all made too.
Luckily for us, director Jeanie Finlay is dropping a Game of Thrones: The Last Watch on May 26, which documents the making of the final season.
All that’s to say that watching this trailer for a documentary about the making of the final season of Game of Thrones is an emotional journey.
Where to begin? Maybe with Kit Harington crying at the final table read? Don’t do that to us, Kit! Not so early in the trailer, when he haven’t even prepared ourselves yet. The Last Watch will surely have tons of heart-wrenching moments like that. From the looks of it, the doc will follow different groups as they prepare to say goodbye to the show. Undoubtedly, it changed the fabric of their lives, even more monumentally than it’s changed our own. From the costume designers to the writers to the extras—one of whom gets a spotlight moment in this footage—Game of Thrones was a massive undertaking for all involved. It’s so exciting to see the recognition of the hard work of people not typically afforded the spotlight.
The Last Watch comes from director Jeanie Finlay, and is described on the HBO website as “a farewell to Westeros with the people who built the realm.”