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'Game Of Thrones' Director Explains Jon Snow's 'Unemotional' Goodbye To Beloved Direwolf Ghost

Think about your own pet at home. What if they'd been with you through thick and thin since they were a pup, been by your side for an entire decade, and literally fought wars next to you... Could you say goodbye easily?

We're guessing most of you would say no, which is why Game of Thrones fans were left cold after Jon Snow decided to give up his beloved direwolf, Ghost, in the latest episode and didn't even pet him goodbye.

Credit: HBO
Credit: HBO


In episode four of season eight, Jon Snow is seen making a series of emotional goodbyes before he heads to King's Landing to fight alongside Daenerys, bidding farewell to some old friends.

When Tormund lets Jon know that he's taking the Free Folk north to rebuild the Night's Watch after the winter storms pass, Jon asks him to take Ghost with him. In the scene, Jon doesn't give his old friend a goodbye pat.

Well, according to the director of the episode, Jon's heartless goodbye was all down to some filming logistics.

Speaking to INSIDER, director David Nutter said: "Well the good thing was [Ghost] wasn't right next to the actors and so forth.

"So there wasn't any issues with green screen or situations where we're dealing with any kind of rotoscoping."

So in short: Jon Snow couldn't give Ghost a hug because that would involve delving into some CGI and that would take too long. REALLY?


Understandably, fans of the show were shocked at how easily Jon could give up one of his most loyal companion, whose been by his side since way back in series one.

Jon Snow being Jon Snow, we hardly expected him to get on his hands and knees and give Ghost a goodbye belly rub, but at least give him a pat o the head would have been better than nothing. AFTER EVERYTHING THEY'VE BEEN THROUGH.

But wait, let's pretend we hadn't heard the 'real' reason from David Nutter and was just going off the story line alone.

Jon goes on to tell Tormund, "A direwolf has no place in the South" no doubt referring to King's Landing with its warm climate and imminent war.

"He'll be happier there," he says, referring to the north - which makes sense considering Tormund just described it as somewhere with "room to wander".

If you think about it like that, Jon's gesture could actually be quite sweet, and maybe he didn't pander over Ghost so his precious pet wouldn't feel like something was up.

We're going to let ourselves believe this was Jon's intention.

Featured Image Credit: HBO

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