Jon Snow’s direwolf Ghost is one of the most beloved characters in ‘Game of Thrones’ which is why fans were outraged when Jon Snow gave him away to Tormund and didn’t pet him while saying goodbye during last week’s episode.
Today, the episode’s director David Nutter revealed that the production team decided they didn’t want to spend their CGI budget on Jon Snow petting Ghost.
Since the direwolves are kind of 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.”
“Game of Thrones” visual effects supervisor Joe Bauer previously explained the difficulties of bringing the direwolves to life ahead of Season 8, saying real wolves need to be filmed and scaled up. And unfortunately, those wolves “only behave in certain ways.”
“Keeping Ghost off to the side, I thought that played out better,” said Nutter, adding that it gave Jon a chance to be with Tormund and Gilly before having one last moment with his wolf.
Many felt Nutter’s excuse was lame considering Jon SNow has been CGI riding dragons this season.