In one of the more emotional moments of the Game of Thrones series finale, Jon Snow finally got to give Ghost the cuddles the direwolf deserved. After causing some uproar over his relatively cold goodbye to the animal earlier this season, Jon’s greeting to his loyal pet was a sign that the battle-scarred character was finding some peace.
Fans of the show certainly thought so, and celebrated the reunion between Jon and a battered but still loveable creature. To begin with, here’s the lovely scene in question:
— kenny miles (@Kmiles39) May 20, 2019
Others went the tribute route and posted the story of Jon and Ghost’s long relationship:
— Binge Mode (@binge_mode) May 20, 2019
The moment has already inspired some fan art as well, proving that the love between a man and his direwolf is one of the truest kinds on the show:
— 澈(Che) (@cyanwhisky) May 20, 2019
All were in agreement that the moment was a tribute to Ghost’s loyalty, and definitely worthy of some man and direwolf attention:
jon snow: *boop*
ghost: *happy boop* ?
— din mashiro (@ceIestiaIdya) May 20, 2019
Some users actually wondered whether the reunion was a clever ploy by HBO to warm up fan sympathies after some pretty controversial final episodes:
Do you think HBO did a quick reshoot and filmed Jon Snow petting Ghost because we were all really mad
— Rachel Paige (@rachmeetsworld) May 20, 2019
The excitement of the moment may have even led some fans to consider Ghost as one of the series’ better candidates for ruling the Six Kingdoms, beating out the somewhat debatable choice of Bran:
People I wanted on the Iron Throne:
1: Jon Snow
4: Hot Pie
9: Brienne of Tarth
11: Aaron Rodgers
12: The Night King
13: The Starbucks cup
14: Any of the Unsullied or Dothraki
— Rob Klein (@RobKlein4) May 20, 2019
For others, Jon petting Ghost was the fitting end to the series, more so than the many other landmark moments in the finale.
— Princess_El_Yucateco ?? (@seo__han) May 20, 2019
Some fans were, however, more skeptical that Ghost would forgive Jon for his earlier brush-off:
— Niecy O'Keeffe (@NiecyOKeeffe) May 20, 2019
Fans were also a little disappointed that Arya couldn’t have one last reunion with her own direwolf Nymeria before heading off on her journey to the west:
— Monica (@MonVza) May 20, 2019
Although it may have been one of the quieter moments of the Game of Thrones finale, we were happy that the series could acknowledge Jon’s past, all in the service of the character losing the burden of his heritage and embracing the north.
What did you think, though, of the Jon and Ghost reunion? As ever, leave your thoughts in the comments section below.