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Of all the events that went down in "Battle of the Bastards," one of the less flashy but nonetheless important victories for Jon Snow came when he proved he is the most responsible direwolf owner in the Seven Kingdoms. While he and all the Stark children each came into possession of an adorable direwolf pup back in Season 1, Jon has been the only one who was able to keep his pet alive up until now (symbolism?). The reason for that is because Ghost is not invited to giant battles like the one on last Sunday's episode.

Jon Snow meets Ghost, the runt. / HBO
Jon Snow meets Ghost, the runt. / HBO

Aside from Ghost, there is one other Stark direwolf that's still woofing around Westeros: Nymeria, Arya's wolf. After Nymeria bit Joffrey in the first season, pragmatic Arya tragically White Fang-ed her, forcing the dog to run away in order to save her life. In the books, Nymeria is roaming around as alpha female of a pack of dogs that eat humans. Could Nymeria be doing the same in the show, and are we ever going to get a reunion?

So where was Ghost during the epic battle for Winterfell, you might ask? Why wasn't he fighting alongside his master, biting out the throats of Bolton soldiers? Tech Insider caught up with Liam Cunningham, who plays Ser Davos, and barked the question about why Ghost wasn't included in the fighting. Cunningham answered:

"Yeah that would have been cool, [but] obviously a big battle like that is no place for a direwolf. They're not gonna last very long - I mean look at what happened to Wun Wun, the last of the giants."

Too true. RIP, Wun Wun.

Wun Wun dies at the hands of that bastard. / HBO
Wun Wun dies at the hands of that bastard. / HBO

Watching Rickon die was difficult enough; we didn't need to watch Ghost stick by Jon's side as they both bolted right into Bolton's trap. Besides, it was incredibly satisfying seeing Ramsay's face get gnawed off by his own mangy dogs.

Since Ghost is still very much alive, Cunningham admits that Ser Davos wouldn't mind getting to spend a little more QT with the white wolf:

"I would prefer to have ghost with Davos [rather] than with Jon. Even though it's his direwolf, I just like the idea of an insurance policy."

Ghost guarding Jon Snow's body. / HBO
Ghost guarding Jon Snow's body. / HBO

Makes sense, given that Davos was probably the one that had to take responsibility for Ghost up at Castle Black when we were all waiting for Jon to spring back to life.

In memory of the dearly departed direwolves, rewatch this clip of them as adorable puppies:

Don't forget to check out the preview for the Game of Thrones Season 6 finale, "The Winds of Winter," which airs on HBO this Sunday. Watch it here.

Did you notice that Ghost was missing from "Battle of the Bastards"? When do you think we'll next get see the white wolf?

[Source: Tech Insider]


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