The final season of Game of Thrones has delivered a number of gut-wrenching moments, and Jon not saying goodbye to his direwolf Ghost was one of them.
The most talked about moment from the latest episode of Game of Thrones', apart from the Starbucks cup was Jon not saying goodbye to his beloved dire wolf. Thanks to the massive battle of Winterfell, fans have said their goodbye to beloved characters who perished at the hands of the Night King. But, not every goodbye has happened because of the death. Case in point, Jon Snow or Aegon Targaryen decided to part ways from his dire wolf companion Ghost who went to live in the north as Snow went south.
The fans and the audiences from the show were both shocked and stunned that the episode failed to show Jon saying goodbye to his beloved companion, but the director of the show, David Nutter said that this move was necessary for CGI to convey this moment in order to avoid any sort of problems. While speaking to the Huffington Post, he added, "Since the dire wolves are kind of CG creations, we felt it best to keep it as simple as possible. And I think that it played out much more powerfully that way.”
The religious fans of the series might have disagreed saying that the sequence was much more powerful that way and they quickly took it to social media to let everyone know that they were majorly disappointed with Jon leaving such an important part of his life behind without so much as even saying goodbye. But, take it from anyone who has had to say goodbye to a pet of their own, it is one of the most difficult goodbyes ever. Hence, by avoiding that gesture, Jon was actually preventing himself from suffering any further heartache, even though Ghost obviously deserved a much better send off.
Nutter added, "Keeping Ghost off to the side, I thought that played out better. Then he just walks off by himself, he turns to Ghost and has this moment with Ghost that I thought was very, very powerful." But Ghost isn't the only one who is being left behind by Jon, the wildlings or free folks of the North along with Samwell Tarly and Tormund Gianstbane.
John Bradley, who plays the role of Samwell Tarly, said, "I think that Jon knows what he’s leaving behind. Jon Snow is a noble man, and he knows all about sacrifice ... He knows what he has to keep safe, and he knows he has a responsibility to Ghost and responsibility to Sam, Gilly and Baby Sam because he knows where they’ll be safe. He was very aware of the sacrifice of leaving those figures behind, and they know — hopefully, Ghost knows what he means to Jon — and Jon knows what Ghost means to him.”
The direwolves made their first debut in the very first episode of the first season with each of the Stark children adopting their own. Kristofer Hivju, who plays the role of Tormund Gianstbane said, "I think Jon is right that the south isn’t the place for a direwolf. In Episode Two or Three they killed one of them [Lady, Sansa’s direwolf] — it’s a wild animal, it’s like a wolf plus two! I think it’s best for Ghost to go north.” As the series is coming to an end now, the fans are hoping to catch a glimpse of the characters safely heading north. But Hivju added, "Well, there’s still two more episodes to go. We don’t know if they survive.”