It was the pet that was promised.
And the world rejoiced. Howl-lelujah!
It’s been a long time coming.
Before Season 8, Ghost hadn’t appeared in the show since the early episodes of Season 6. Then, when he did show up in the final season, Jon Snow pretty much ignored him: He didn’t really acknowledge Ghost in Episode 2; in Episode 3, he sent his dire wolf out to fight on the front lines against the army of the dead; and in Episode 4, instead of petting Ghost (who lost an ear in the battle), he just gave him a look before heading down south, possibly forever.
Episode 4 director David Nutter told HuffPost that Jon just gave Ghost a look because the dire wolves are CG creations.
“We felt it best to keep it as simple as possible,” said Nutter. “And I think that it played out much more powerfully that way.”
The internet wasn’t having it. Jon ghosting Ghost became one of the biggest controversies of Season 8. And doggone it, they weren’t going to stand for it.
Now, all is right in the world. Jon finally petted the Ghost, Furs of His Name, Goodest of Good Boys.
And our pet watch has ended.