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Here's one long-lost Game of Thrones character confirmed to play a part in final season

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Oct 1, 2018, 10:20 PM EDT

Characters come and go all the time in Game of Thrones, and not just because of murder or, well yeah, mostly because of murder. The show also occasionally leaves certain characters out to sea for seasons at a time — look no further than Gendry's epic rowboat ride around the world, or Bran and Hodor just sitting on the bench for the entirety of Season 5. 

This often leads fans to speculate when we'll be seeing certain characters again — if they're not dead (or mostly dead), then people consistently wonder when they might pop up again. Gendry eventually reappeared, and life even found a way for The Hound to return to the show — thank the Seven for that one. With the final season of the series coming faster than winter (which has already come), everyone is now curious as to who the big players will be. It's not even a matter of who lives and who dies, it's also a matter of who will appear in the season at all. 

**WARNING: There are spoilers for the final season of Game of Thrones ahead. If you want to go into the season colder than the Night King's left leg, then jump on your dragon and fly out of this article faster than Daenerys flew beyond the Wall in Season 7. All men must die, but not all people must read spoilers.**

In a new interview with the Huffington Post, the show's VFW supervisor, Joe Bauer, revealed one character that we can definitely expect to see have a major comeback. It's been long overdue, as this character mostly ghosted all of us during Season 7. 

See what we did there? The character in question is none other than Jon "Hot 4 Auntie" Snow's loyal direwolf, Ghost. He's one of the only Stark "pets" still alive on the show — Sansa's Lady didn't make it past the second episode, and Arya's Nymeria vamoosed at the same time. Though they briefly saw each other last season, both Arya and Nymeria seemed to understand that they both have changed. Grey Wind snuffed it when Robb did, having his head sewn into Robb's headless corpse for good measure, and Summer perished a few moments before Hodor made his last stand. As for Shaggydog... well, we saw his head return to Winterfell, at least... Rickon himself didn't last much longer. If Theon Greyjoy had gotten a direwolf, we guarantee that it would be dead now too, and probably by Theon's own hand. 

That leaves Ghost, the runt of the litter. The epic "Battle of the Bastards" VFX budget erased all hope of seeing him during the fight in Season 6, and according to writer Bryan Cogman, he was supposed to make an appearance in Season 7; a scene that was cut actually showed Jon Snow petting his companion's head, asking him to watch over Sansa while he went to go and get dragonglass (and oh, so much more) from Daenerys Stormborn. All we really got was a vague reference in Episode 5, where Sansa says that it's unfair for Jon to expect the North to “sit and wait for him like Ghost.”

But worry no longer, Ghost fans — the famed direwolf will definitely be back for the final season. As Joe Bauer says, “Oh, you’ll see him again. He has a fair amount of screen time in Season 8. He does show up.” 


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Why aren't the direwolves as integral to the television series as they are to the books? According to Bauer: “The direwolves are tough because you don’t want to get them wrong, so we end up always shooting real wolves and doing a scaling trick with them, but the real wolves only behave in certain ways." Working with the real wolves is "a bit limited," he says, which isn't hard to fathom — they're wolves, and they'll go to their trailers when they darn well feel like it. 

Bauer does not address whether Arya and Nymeria have really parted ways forever (come on, not possible, give us an army of wild wolves, come on) but he is very clear about Ghost: “Ghost does show up, and he does some... he’s very present and does some pretty cool things in Season 8." 

There you have it — Game of Thrones isn't gonna bust this Ghost. Not until he does some "pretty cool things" first, anyway. The show will return for the final countdown in the early half of 2019. May the old Gods as well as the new help them if they harm Tyrion in any way. 

(via Huffington Post)