(Spoiler alert: Please do not read on if you haven’t watched Sunday’s episode of “Game of Thrones”)
It was an eventful week for Jon Snow, heading north of the Wall with his elite squad to try to kidnap an undead wight.
Well, not as elite a squad as it could have been, given that Jon’s direwolf Ghost was noticeably absent from this adventure. In fact, we haven’t seen him in Season 7 at all! Ghost has seemingly gone AWOL.
He’s always been something of a free spirit on “Game of Thrones.” When he went north of the Wall with the Night’s Watch, Ghost spent a lot of the time hanging around by himself, hunting and wandering the north before occasionally heading back to Jon.
But even though Ghost has a tendency to disappear for long periods of time on “Game of Thrones,” it’s been quite a while since the direwolf had any screen time. In fact, while Jon (Kit Harington) has been running all over the place, from Winterfell to Dragonstone to Eastwatch-by-the-Sea, Ghost hasn’t been around at all.
So where’s Ghost? It’s not really clear, but the best guess is that he’s still at Winterfell with Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner).
Shaggydog, the direwolf who belonged to Rickon Stark (Art Parkinson), was killed by the Karstarks when Rickon was captured. Ramsay Snow (Iwan Rheon) presented Shaggydog’s head to Jon before the battle as proof he held Rickon, and Jon wound up holding Ghost back from the Battle of the Bastards to protect him. In the latest “A Song of Ice and Fire” book from which “Game of Thrones” is adapted, “A Dance With Dragons,” Ghost heads to Winterfell with Jon after they capture the fort.
Before that, we last saw Ghost at Castle Black. When Jon was murdered by traitors in the Night’s Watch, Dolorous Edd (Ben Crompton) and Davos (Liam Cunningham) brought his body to one of the rooms in the keep, along with Ghost. Knowing the mutineers would be coming for the men loyal to Jon next, they barricaded themselves in the room, expecting to fight to the death. Luckily, that didn’t happen, and Melisandre (Carice van Houten) managed to resurrect Jon.
We’ve seen Ghost wander around the north quite a bit and show up at key moments. For instance, when Jon and the Night’s Watch went beyond the Wall to find the wildling army, Ghost went off on his own, but showed up to save Samwell Tarly (John Bradley-West) from a wight when the army of the dead attacked.
If Ghost is at Winterfell, with all the intrigue going on between Sansa, Arya (Maisie Williams) and Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen), the direwolf might wind up saving another Stark from someone who means them ill will.
Ghost is one of only two direwolves left, though (the other is Arya’s former wolf Nymeria), and along with Summer, the direwolf that belonged to Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright), he was the wolf most involved in the story. We may not seen much of Ghost lately, but with the Night King on his way, we can’t help but hold out hope for Jon’s direwolf to show up again to rip up a few undead bad guys.
For now, the best way to explain Ghost’s absence from recent momentous events is probably that Jon decided it would be rather undiplomatic to take him to Dragonstone — and then they didn’t stop by Winterfell to pick him up on the way to Eastwatch. Still, the lack of direwolf violence this season remains a bit frustrating.