Warning: Spoilers ahead for “Game of Thrones” season seven.
Sunday’s “Game of Thrones” episode might have delivered the Nymeria/Arya direwolf scene everyone was hoping for, but some people were still left wondering where another important direwolf was.
Where the heck is Ghost?
“Game of Thrones” writer and producer Bryan Cogman tweeted late Sunday evening to say they filmed a scene with Ghost and Jon, but it didn’t make the cut.
FYI… We shot a Jon/Ghost scene. Didn’t make it in. I tried! Thx for watching, everybody. #Stormborn
— Bryan Cogman (@b_cogman) July 24, 2017
“FYI … We shot a Jon/Ghost scene,” Cogman wrote. “Didn’t make it in. I tried! Thx for watching everybody.”
Jon Snow’s albino direwolf hasn’t been seen since early on in the sixth season. Ghost stayed loyally by his master’s side while Jon was dead. But ever since he was resurrected, the direwolf has been M.I.A.
People were especially miffed when Ghost failed to make an appearance at the epic Battle of the Bastards. According to the directors and producers involved with the show, Ghost’s absence is largely due to the budget.
“[Ghost] was in [the Battle of the Bastards] in spades originally, but it’s also an incredibly time consuming and expensive character to bring to life,” director Miguel Sapochnik told Business Insider last year. “Ultimately, we had to choose between Wun-Wun and the direwolf, so the dog bit the dust.”
And in a new Entertainment Weekly report, James Hibberd said the difficulty of making the direwolves appear realistic is the challenge.
“One reason we haven’t seen the direwolves more often is that the producers set a high bar for visual realism on the series and ultra-large wolves are difficult to render convincingly,” Hibberd wrote. “A naturalistic furry animal takes more time and resources to create using computer effects than a fantastical scaly dragon.”
Now that Jon has left Winterfell once again, fans were heartbroken to not even get a goodbye scene between Jon and Ghost. We’re guessing a farewell moment between them was the scene Cogman said was cut.
Fingers crossed that Ghost reappears at some point this year or at the very least for an epic scene on the series’ final season. The Starks’ connection with their direwolves is one of the most underutilized aspects of their characters and it’d be a shame to lose that entirely.
At least this episode had the now-gigantic Nymeria make a brief return — even if it was bittersweet and left us feeling sad.