In Game of Thrones latest episode, The Last of the Starks, we witnessed one of the most saddest scenes where Jon leaves for the King’s Landing without petting goodbye Ghost, his Direwolf. Fans of the show were so distraught as this is unlike Jon’s character.
The scene left fans confused and outraged. In the scene, Jon Snow gave his Direwolf, Ghost to his friend, Tormund who was heading north. Jon tasks Tormund to go with Ghost to the north with him saying that Ghost doesn’t belong in the South. And to the shock of the shows fans, Jon simply walks way from his loyal companion without any goodbyes.
— Kat (@katfromphilly) May 6, 2019
— Nandha Krishna (@got7fanboi) May 6, 2019
This was harsh and heartbreaking especially since Ghost has served Jon well in previous seasons and him leaving the Direwolf with no fitting farewell was honestly heartbreaking.
YOU SHOULD NEVER MAKE AN ANIMAL LOOK LIKE THIS EVER. EVER pic.twitter.com/qaxrpUa7wz
— Melissa Anelli (@melissaanelli) May 6, 2019
This left fans speculating that Game of Thrones showrunners might have tight on the CGI budget. Ghost is a mix of both CGI effects and footage of real wolves. This led to creation of memes.
— Adnān Stark (@idooleyi) May 6, 2019
This scene even had both fans and haters of the the new season agree
The fans speculations was kinda right. David Nutter gave an interview to the Huffington Post explaining why there was no farewell between Jon and his Direwolf in an effort to settle what exactly happened during that scene.
“Since the direwolves 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,” said David. “Keeping Ghost off to the side, I thought that played out better,” he concludes.
This revelation about CGI issues didn’t convince fans of the show and it actually made things worse.
Such a terrible excuse. You spend 15 MILLION PLUS on each episode.
— jbrinkmeyer (@jbrinkmeyer) May 7, 2019
If this is a scene that can exist don’t tell me it would’ve been too hard to have Kit Harrington to interact with a CG direwolf….. pic.twitter.com/ssc7ci2CSR
— Brandon James (@ValarMorghuli3) May 7, 2019
WE HAD LIKE TEN MINUTES OF CGI DRAGON BULLSHIT ALREADY THIS SEASON, YOU COULD’VE CUT THAT DOWN FOR A PROPER FAREWELL FOR GHOST, THE BEST BOY https://t.co/kxiXxQdqnr
— Kay Taylor Rea (@kaytaylorrea) May 7, 2019
In fairness, the Game of Thrones director’s creative choice makes sense as CGI fur is difficult to animate. Fans still didn’t want to hear this excuse.
You get a hunk of faux fur. You cut a scene of close up hand in a black glove petting it. You cut back to jon looking down and smiling and saying “good ghost.” and then you cut to the dog making a shit for brains dog face. Done. This is so easy. And I didn’t even use CGI.
— Dia Lacina (@dialacina) May 7, 2019
I see your argument, and raise you one cut to a hand running through real fur: https://t.co/I5Z4d2CARO
Either way I’ll take a 5 second bit of shitty CGI over Jon being a sociopath. What kind of monster doesn’t say goodbye to such a good boi? He couldn’t even manage a nod.
— Jonny Vaughan (@sunsofsagan) May 8, 2019
Fans of the show feel betrayed by the Show.
HE DIDNT EVEN SAY BYE TO GHOST THE BIGGEST BETRAYAL IN THIS ENTIRE GODDAMN SERIES
— lauren (@sansastcrk) May 6, 2019
The books depict a stronger bond between Jon Snow and his pet as revealed by this thread.
When Jon struggles with recurring nightmares of Winterfell, the only way he can find comfort is by pressing his face into Ghost’s fur. His direwolf is, of course, by his side, sensing his need. pic.twitter.com/cnZZPBztuC
— Mallory Rubin (@MalloryRubin) May 7, 2019
The showrunners failing to show this strong bond during that scene has left fans of Game of Thrones concerned.
Sam: you’re the best friend I ever had
Jon: you too, Sam
Ghost: wtf I’m right here I can hear you. #GameOfThrones
— Stephen Fishbach (@stephenfishbach) May 6, 2019
This is not just from this scene but generally how the show is being rushed leaving lots of plot holes and gaffes(a coffee cup was spotted in episode 4) for the sake of convenience.
A giant picked up Lyanna Mormont, Jon Snow rode a dragon for half an episode, even pet the dragon in the previous episode but can’t give his own direwolf, who has been with him since season 1, a proper goodbye due to CGI cuts? Do they even care about this show anymore? https://t.co/BX6cNith0W
— M (@marisab_ribeiro) May 8, 2019
The coffe cup later got digitally erased.
Jon Snow: let me say goodbye to ghost wtf
HBO: you got “say goodbye to ghost” money?
Jon Snow: you got “erase coffee cup” money?
— Eric Haywood (@EricHaywood) May 7, 2019
Hardcore fans feel that in this final season, the shows’ creatives are focusing on the less important aspects of the show and instead of prioritizing thoughtful characterization, they’re fixed on high-end budget spectacles.
If this week’s discussion over Jon saying goodbye to Ghost being scrapped for budgetary reasons teaches us anything about storytelling, it is this:
Audiences prefer emotion to spectacle.
Fans would trade several dragon scenes to have one tender, teary goodbye between them.
— C. Robert Cargill (@Massawyrm) May 8, 2019
This leads to corners being cut and resulting to sloppiness.
I’ve been complaining about this for 3 days now, this is the hill I’m willing to die on in 2019
— Dhobie (@dhobie8) May 7, 2019
With two episodes left, fans are starting to give the show a thumbs down and it will be hard to win them back.
— Dini the wolf (@wolf_dini) May 6, 2019
We will all remember Ghost even if Jon won’t.
— Rhaegar (@RhaegarSand) May 6, 2019
Read the full recap of Game of Thrones episode 4 reactions and memes here.