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Game of Thrones VFX supervisor Joe Bauer confirms Ghost will return for Season 8

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It’s not been long since the Game of Thrones VFX supervisor team slipped out a major spoiler about Tyrion Lannister’s fate in the final season. This time the team supervisor has given away another major update about the final season. It obviously isn’t a spoiler but a relief for those who have been wondering where their favorite direwolf – Ghost was in the last season.

Well, the Game of Thrones production team did a major fanservice in the last season by bringing back Arya Stark’s direwolf Nymeria and her wolf super pack. Many of us were wondering where she had been for five seasons. And, the team brought her back for an emotional reunion that ended with an important quote from Arya, “That’s not you!”

Yet Ghost was a part of the last season. Game of Thrones writer Bryan Cogman revealed that he had originally written a scene that featured Ghost, but it got cut due to CGI budget. According to Cogman,

“There was a bit here where Jon came out of the crypt, and Ghost came up to him and he petted him and said, “Take care of [Sansa], watch over her for me.” But I guess those direwolves are expensive. I guess it got cut. Oh, well. Ghost is there somewhere roaming around.”

This doesn’t seem to be the case with the final season as the VFX supervisor Joe Bauer revealed to the Huffington Post that the direwolf would be given a proper screen time. He said:

“Oh, you’ll see him again. He has a fair amount of screen time in Season 8…He does show up.” 

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Bauer also revealed that it’s hard for them to bring direwolves into the frame as they are different in size to actual wolves. This was evident in the last season too, given the fact that Nymeria was way more huge that the other wolves in her scene in the second episode. Bauer said:

“The direwolves are tough because you don’t want to get them wrong, so we end up always shooting real wolves and doing a scaling trick with them, but the real wolves only behave in certain ways.”

“I think that has something to do with why the direwolves are in the show but they’re not maybe as integral as they are in the books.”

Of course, it’s true as the book readers might know how vital are direwolves in the books who share a magical bond with their owners especially Bran Stark. Surprisingly, Arya Stark and Jon Snow too can warg in their direwolves in the books. But, the showrunners decided to drop this out from the show.

Joe Bauer didn’t have anything to say about Nymeria but commented that Ghost will play a major role in the final season. He ended by saying:

“Ghost does show up, and he does some … he’s very present and does some pretty cool things in Season 8.”

We hope that Ghost plays an eminent role in the final season, especially in the Great War just like he did in the episode ‘Watchers on the Wall’. Also, may the Gods be kind, we don’t want any other direwolf to die!

So, what was your reaction to this important update on Ghost? Tell us in the comments section down below.






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Game of Thrones fans react to Jon Snow and Ghost’s reunion in the series finale

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Game of Thrones fans react to Jon Snow and Ghost reunion in the series finale

Game of Thrones pulled off a sneaky on us. In the fourth episode Season 8, we saw Jon Snow leave Ghost without petting him. In the series finale, Season 8 episode 6, “The Iron Throne“, we saw Jon reunite with Ghost, and the fans loved it. Read on!

Jon had earlier sent Ghost with Tormund to the real North, while he was leaving Winterfell, and he didn’t even pet him. This had upset a lot of fans. However in the series finale, we saw Ghost waiting for Jon at the Wall, and they reunite, resulting in our good boy getting a long pet. The fans took to Twitter to appreciate this:

How did you react to Jon reuniting with Ghost and finally petting him? Tell us in the comments, down below!






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Game of Thrones Finale sees Arya Stark finally embracing her old dream

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Game of Thrones series Finale gave each character their dues, some satisfactory and some not so much. But the Stark kids seem to be doing pretty well! Just as Sansa got her childhood wish, Arya Stark too took her first steps in a direction she always wanted to go.

This post contains spoilers, so stop reading if you haven’t seen the finale yet (but seriously, what are you doing? Hurry up!).

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“What’s West of Westeros?” Arya Stark had asked out back in Season 6. She was talking to Lady Crane, an actress who helped her with a stab wound and let Arya stay at her place. That’s what she really wants, to go off exploring beyond where the maps stop.

She couldn’t then. Arya came back home, avenged her family’s death, saved humanity from the undead invasion and survived the carnage at King’s Landing. All her duties done, and Winter already receding, Arya now goes back to her old dream of becoming an explorer. In the last scenes of Game of Thrones Season 8 Finale, we see Arya sailing on a ship, journeying to the “west of Westeros”.

Arya had always been an anomaly in the rigid society of Westeros. She was expected to marry a lord and bear his children. But Arya never saw herself in that role. That’s why she rejected Gendry’s proposal in episode 4, even though she clearly had affection for him. She knew that marriage, even to someone she loves, will bind her in society’s expectations. Arya rejected that with all her heart.

Game of Thrones may not be as kind to everyone, but I’m glad at least Arya got her happy ending!






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In Game of Thrones Series Finale, a new era dawns on the Small Council

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By the end of the Game of Thrones Series Finale, Westeros is not as it was before. Some changes are big and are immediately visible, like the fate of the Starks and the Targaryens. But some changes are subtle, yet far more impactful in the long run. One such detail is the all-new Small Council of King’s Landing that is formed after the Last War.

This post contains massive spoilers, so be warned!

In an unexpected twist, Brandon Stark was chosen as the King of the Six Kingdoms (North chose to remain out). And as tradition demands, a small council was formed to aid him in the ruling. As Bran’s chosen Hand, Tyrion Lannister presides over the existent Small Council, whose main work is filling up the vacant posts right now. But the people who get precedence in joining the Small Council is quite interesting.

Here are all of them: Ser Davos Seaworth as Master of Ships, Ser Bronn of Blackwater as Master of Coin, Samwell Tarly as Grand Maester, and Brienne of Tarth as Lord Commander of the Kingsguard. Now let’s have a closer look.

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Davos and Bronn are lowborn – one was a smuggler and another a mercenary. Sam is a Black Brother whose rights to hold power positions were forfeited. The Kingsguards are all knights and women cannot be knights in Westeros. Brienne would have been barred out of this position by her gender alone – and yet here she is.

In the deeply feudal society of Westeros, the four principle advisers to the King are people who have no birthright to be there, yet all of them have gone through enough experience to earn their place (Although Bronn’s position seems to be a trade-off regarding his ‘service’ of the Lannister brothers). That’s a quiet revolution going on right there.

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With the Iron Throne gone and the hereditary kingship system broken (Bran cannot father children and his successor will have to be chosen), the Small Council’s power and prominence grow tenfold. Democracy or not,  interesting times ahead for Westeros!






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