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Ghost is doing too just right a role of dwelling as much as his identify.

Replace: It seems we did not have to attend lengthy for Ghost to go back to the fold. Jon’s trustworthy direwolf can also be noticed sitting quietly within the background whilst Jon and Sam speak about fight technique and catch up in “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms.”

It seems that actor John Bradley was once incorrect when he stated he did not have any scenes with Ghost this season, even though it is solely conceivable the wolf was once added in post-production and Bradley did not notice Ghost was once meant to be in that scene. Optimistically Ghost may have a extra considerable position within the following episode as he joins within the huge Fight of Winterfell.

The unique tale is beneath:

The Game of Thrones Season 8 premiere featured many long-awaited reunions, and a few instances of major characters meeting for the first time. But one character was conspicuous by their absence – Jon Snow’s faithful direwolf Ghost – who is, thankfully, still alive despite being missing from the show since Season 6. While it seems as if Jon’s forgotten his four-legged friend, Ghost has remained safe at home in Winterfell while his master has been traveling back and forth across Westeros.

Ghost’s prolonged absence has many fans wondering whether he’ll finally make a return appearance in Season 8. Thankfully, he might show up in time to defend Winterfell from the White Walkers.

That’s according to The Huffington Post, which interviewed VFX supervisor Joe Bauer last year. “Oh, you’ll see him again. He has a fair amount of screen time in Season 8,” Bauer told HuffPost. “He’s very present and does some pretty cool things in Season 8.”

He also pointed out that including the direwolves can be tricky, as it requires a complicated mix of CG effects and footage of real wolves (who aren’t exactly the easiest animals to train), which is also why Ghost was missing from other pivotal episodes like The Battle of the Bastards.

Season 7 almost had one brief Jon/Ghost scene. As pointed out by, the commentary track on the Season 7 DVD set features a reference to a deleted scene. Writer Brian Cogman explains, “There was a bit here where Jon came out of the crypt, 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.”

Actor John Bradley echoed that sentiment recently when IGN asked him if his character Samwell would have any scenes with Ghost in Season 8. “I don’t think I have any interactions with Ghost this year,” said Bradley. “That’s not to say that other people don’t, but they’re expensive, those CGI wolves, so they’ve gotta be used sparingly.”

Hopefully we’ll see Ghost joining in during the epic Battle of Winterfell, a conflict said to be “the longest consecutive battle sequence ever committed to film.” What’s one more direwolf at that point?

For more on Game of Thrones’ new season, check out our interview with John Bradley on filming that pivotal Jon Snow revelation scene, our breakdown of those ominous White Walker symbols, how the Season 8 opening credits have changed, and what Arya’s new mystery weapon might be.

Don’t forget to check out our guide on where and how to stream Game of Thrones season 8, so you don’t miss a single episode.

Jesse is a mild-mannered writer for IGN. Allow him to lend a machete to your intellectual thicket by following @jschedeen on Twitter, or Kicksplode on MyIGN.

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