It is no surprise that the latest episode of Game of Thrones, like the rest of the season so far, had us on the edge of our seats.
The show is political by nature, whether you are team Sansa, team Dany, or hell, even team Cersei—but almost anyone can agree that no one was in Jon’s team when he didn’t pet Ghost goodbye!
— Hey Zues (You are not what you seem) (@HeyZuesAD) May 6, 2019
People took it to social media and expressed their unhappiness about the exchange that Jon had with Ghost.
— Brandon Pfeltz (@Brandinian) May 6, 2019
— Jennifer Matthews (@JennyMatthews_) May 6, 2019
HuffPost reported that the director of the fourth episode, David Nutter thought it was “very powerful” with the way Jon handled the goodbye to his longtime companion. Nutter also mentioned that because the direwolf is CGI, they wanted the scene to be “as simple as possible.”
Joe Bauer, visual effects supervisor, explained the difficulties of bringing the direwolves to life, as real wolves “only behave in certain ways.”
John Bradley, who plays Jon’s best friend, Samwell Tarley, explained the reason for the final interaction to HuffPost: “I think that Jon knows what he’s leaving behind. Jon Snow is a noble man, and he knows all about sacrifice … He knows what he has to keep safe, and he knows he has a responsibility to Ghost and a responsibility to Sam, Gilly and Baby Sam because he knows where they’ll be safe.”
Eloquently said, however, we would still have preferred for Ghost get some love given the hell he went through! I mean my goodness, his ear is gone. This goodbye only raises more questions. Does this mean that we won’t see Ghost again? Is Jon shedding his Stark identity? There’s no choice but to stay tuned.