In sad news, Game of Thrones’ direwolf Ghost has died in real-life.
George RR Martin made the announcement about Ghost, who was played by an albino Arctic Wolf and lived at the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary in New Mexico, USA.
Martin wrote on Twitter: “In loving memory of the real life Ghost from the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary. He passed this week & he will be missed. R.I.P.”
Significantly bigger than your average wolf, direwolves are rare to the point of fable, highly intelligent and fiercely loyal, attacking any threat to their master or their master’s friends.
The six Stark children had a direwolf each after they found a dead female direwolf and adopted her litter – and each wolf has saved its master at least once.
Fans of Thrones are hoping Ghost won’t be killed off on the HBO show, especially considering he’s the only known living direwolf.
Arya’s wolf Nymeria is only presumed alive after going missing in the first season thanks to that evil twerp Joffrey, who was also responsible for getting Sansa’s dog Lady executed.
Earlier this week, we got our first taste of “the war” we’ve been waiting for in the form of a photo of Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) on the back of her now-massive dragon Drogon unleashing hell-fire on an opposing army, as well as a chilling new season 7 motion poster featuring The Night King.
Game of Thrones season seven begins on HBO in the US and Sky Atlantic in the UK from July 16 and 17, respectively. Watch a trailer below:
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