The last episode of Game of Thrones was like a golden goblet of poison. It looked so beautiful at the beginning but the moment you realize its ugliness, you are already too close. It had its ups and way too many downs. Fans are visibly angry at the way the Directors are concluding the storylines of major Game of Thrones characters. The Battle of Winterfell was a visual and story-wise catastrophe. But the latest episode showed us something that was way too inhumane for our tastes. And for a Game of Thrones fan, that is saying something. The way the show handled the concluding arc of Ghost the Dire wolf was an eyesore. Jon Snow should have at least bid him a proper farewell. While there is every reason to be angry at Jon Snow for not doing so, turns out there might actually be a solid reason why Jon never got to say goodbye to his loyal four-legged buddy. Presenting – Here’s why Jon Snow abandoning Ghost was so important for the Future of Westeros!!
SPOILERS AHEAD: Major Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode “The Last of the Starks” up ahead. Enter at your own risk….
The Episode saw Northerners and Danny’s forces celebrating their victory in the Battle of Winterfell. The Celebrations were soon cut short as Daenerys Targaryen demanded her allies to march with her to King’s Landing, where she was supposed to retake the Capital of the Seven Kingdoms and claim the Iron Throne for herself.
Before the March to King’s Landing began, words of farewell were exchanged between Jon Snow and his friends. Samwell Tarly and Gilly as well as Tormund Giantsbane and the Free Folk all bid goodbye to the White Wolf. But the adieu that hit the fans the most was Ghost’s. While Snow at least looked the others in the eye, Ghost did not even enjoy that luxury. All we heard was the Jon requested Tormund to take back Ghost into the Lands beyond the Wall, where he will stay forever.
Jon Snow did not even so much as look at Ghost as he turned around, the Dire Wolf clearly expecting a pat on the head at least, and went on his merry way to defeat Cersei and Euron for his one true love Daenerys Stormborn of House Targaryen. And here’s why his choice of ignoring the goodest boi makes so much more sense. We break it down to you in three simple points:
Jon Snow has accepted his Targaryen Heritage
The entire world of Jon Snow revolved around him trying to prove his mettle as a Stark and a Northerner. But after the revelation that he is actually a Targaryen, he started acting differently. He started resisting Danny’s sexual advances onto him. But that was just the beginning. He even inquired about the health of Rhaegal, his new pet, completely out of concern. Moreover, when Tormund said “You’ve got the North in you” to Jon Snow, Jon finally realized his mistake. He needs to let go of his past. Ghost, as much as we would hate to admit, is a part of his past he would very much like to forego.
He serves no purpose anymore
We hate to admit this fact but Ghost’s role in the grand scheme of things in the Game of Thrones Universe is over. His character arc has reached a full circle. Since the Dire Wolves were now done via CGI, the show tried to minimize using Ghost as much as possible to cut costs. Moreover, unlike previous seasons, Jon does not warg through Ghost, not anymore anyway. Bran does not need to, even though he is the Three-Eyed Raven. It was Arya who killed the night King. Ghost may have lost an ear in the Battle of Winterfell but his role was nothing more than a canine foot soldier. It is better that, the show cut short his legacy and ended his character arc on a high note before it was too late.
Maybe they are keeping his return as a surprise appearance
If the previous seasons have been any indication, it is the fact that Ghost is a Dire Wolf who is a master of his own choices and slave to none. Sure he helps out Jon Snow when he is in trouble but most of the times he is nowhere to be found until he wants to be. So Jon Snow might have asked Tormund to take Ghost beyond the Wall but the final decision rests with Ghost. What’s to stop him taking a trip down south to help out his Master for one last time (since Jon Snow does not have Rhaegal anymore and the dynamic between Jon and Danny is becoming increasingly hostile)?