So many characters turned up in the Game of Thrones final season premiere, and so many big moments happened, from Jon Snow learning his fate by birth (and riding a dragon) to that fiery, little performance art from the White Walkers, that you might not have noticed who wasn't involved. The Night King, for one. And Melisandre is AWOL. But the biggest absence in our book: Ghost.
Back in September, fans were promised by the series’ visual effects supervisor Joe Bauer that Jon’s beloved direwolf, who was absent in Season 7, would make a triumphant return in the final season. He told Huffington Post, “Oh, you’ll see him again. He has a fair amount of screen time in Season 8.”
Oh, really, Joe? Then where was he in the premiere??!
Though Ghost had been ghosting us since Season 6, fans assumed that he was still alive like Arya’s Nymeria, as they’re the only two wolves who remain (RIP to Sansa's Lady, Robb's Grey Wind, Bran's Summer, and Rickon's Shaggydog) from when each of the Stark siblings took in a pup of their own back in Season 1. The Stark family has been synonymous with their direwolves, the imagery of their house sigil, since the beginning, and they've always been integral to their growth and safety. But the fate of the two living creatures -- not unlike the rest of the Thrones cast -- has at times been a murky, with the wolves often MIA, although Nymeria and Arya had a poignant reunion in Season 7.