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



October 1st, 1:10am October 1st, 1:10am Abhinav Pathak22, Game of Thrones geek, Passionate Fiction Writer and the author of ‘Gopalkant’s Wife’.

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.” 

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!

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