Look, we understand Jon Snow’s (Kit Harington) whole thing. He knows nothing. And he’s made bad decisions before, for instance, rushing into battle against Ramsay (Iwan Rheon) in “Battle of the Bastards.” In hindsight (and foresight), not really the best idea. But on Sunday, during the third episode of Season 8, “The Long Night,“ Jon made one of his worst decisions ever on “Game of Thrones.”
He sent Ghost out to charge into battle with the Dothraki on the front line.
Ghost has been mostly MIA since Jon’s resurrection in Season 6, finally appearing briefly in Episode 2 of Season 8 after a seemingly long stay at the kennel. So, it’s exciting to finally see our good boy on screen, charging into battle.
But, Jon, why?
The Dothraki are immediately stomped and Ghost is missing from the rest of the episode, leaving his status up in the air.
Wouldn’t Ghost have been more valuable protecting the women and children in the crypt? Would watching Ghost kill undead Starks be … too ruff? Sure. But what are you trying to accomplish by sending Ghost into battle other than turning him into an actual ghost?
Thankfully, Ghost Watch 2019 ended shortly after “The Long Night,” with his brief cameo in the Episode 4 preview.
Yes, Ghost appears to be alive. Here’s a closeup:
For those wondering, Rhaegal, Jon Snow’s dragon, seems to have pulled through as well, also showing up in the preview alongside Drogon.
Visual effects supervisor Joe Bauer told HuffPost last year that Ghost was “very present” in Season 8 and “does some pretty cool things.” Now that he’s made it out of the Battle of Winterfell, we’ll see what cool things await our very good boy. Or how Jon tries to kill him next.
Ghost is alive!