This article contains spoilers for Game of Thrones season 8, episode 3, “The Long Night.”
You can forgive Game of Thrones fans for worrying whenever a direwolf makes a rare appearance on the show these days. The pack of very good orphaned puppies who we first met in season one have fared even worse than the Stark children who adopted them. After all, there is currently one more living Stark (if you count Jon “Aegon Targaryen” Snow, as a Stark) than there are surving direwolves from that litter. And it’s Jon Snow’s Ghost who has a dramatic moment in “The Long Night” although his fate is never explicitly revealed on screen.
Ghost was conspicuously absent from the Game of Thrones screen for quite some time, but it’s implied that he was always shadowing Jon, watching him from afar, like the good, loyal, giant, terrifying doggo that he is. “The Long Night” depicts the Battle of Winterfell, where everyone makes their last stand against the Night King and his forces of darkness. Ghost is part of the first wave, charging the Night King’s army of walkers alongside Ser Jorah Mormont (RIP) and an army of Dothraki with flaming swords and scythes (um…also RIP). As the lights on the swords go out and a number of soldiers make a hasty retreat back to Winterfell, Ghost is nowhere to be found.
Considering how these Very Good Dogs exist almost exclusively to die heartbreaking, dramatic deaths (Nymeria’s wonderful rescue of Arya during season seven notwithstanding), you might immediately assume that Ghost was torn into direwolf McNuggets by the White Walkers and friends. Thankfully, you’d be wrong. If you look closely, you’ll see that the trailer for the next episode reveals that Ghost did just fine, presumably has been hard at work burying the bones of his enemies on the battlefield, and perhaps finding the time to take a dump on the remains of the Night King.
Look closely and you’ll see him…