While HBO is currently slinging that Westworld heat, it’s true Heavyweight Champion of the World — Game of Thrones — remains on the sidelines as the production of the eighth and final season is underway. But just because the show is still a year or so from being released does not mean that the news cycle ever stops. This is Game of Thrones we’re talking about, after all.
The latest tidbit of information from Westeros has less to do with the upcoming season & more to do with the previous. One of the biggest half-joking/half-serious questions about the seventh season of Game of Thrones was: where the hell is Jon Snow’s trusty direwolf Ghost? One would think Ghost would be the perfect companion to bring on Jon’s journey north of the wall, yet he was nowhere to be seen.
Many fans were quick to chalk up Ghost’s absence to budgetary purposes, but now finally have a definitive answer: Ghost was originally in a season 7 episode, but he was eventually cut.
Jon Snow wisely kept his direwolf from fighting in the Battle of the Bastards, and he’s apparently been resting at Winterfell with Sansa while his No-Nothing Owner traveled to meet Daenerys Targaryen at Dragonstone, but we haven’t actually seen Ghost since season six. According to writer Bryan Cogman on the Game of Thrones season seven DVD commentary, though, there was a scene with Jon and Ghost in season seven, but it was unfortunately cut.
“There was a bit where Jon came out of the crypt [in Winterfell] 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,” Cogman said.
Ghost, Jon, Dany and the Game of Thrones universe is rumored to return in early 2019 with its final six episodes.