Sansa Stark adopts a direwolf for real

"Game of Thrones" actress Sophie Turner couldn't say goodbye to her direwolf buddy, so she added the beast as a permanent family member.

Sansa Stark and direwolf
Sansa Stark strolls with her direwolf. HBO

Possible spoilers ahead if you've read or watched hardly any of the series: One of the early devastating scenes played out in the "Game of Thrones" television series is when Ned Stark dispatches his daughter Sansa's innocent direwolf to please the vengeful queen.

That direwolf was played by Zunni, a Mahlek Northern Inuit dog. Like many human actors on the series, her part was extremely limited before succumbing to the story line's death toll.

Just because Zunni's services were no longer needed on set doesn't mean she isn't still connected to the series. The mother of actor Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark on the show, managed to talk Zunni's owners into letting her adopt the pooch.

"Growing up I always wanted a dog, but my parents never wanted one. We kind of fell in love with my character's direwolf, Lady, on set. We knew Lady died and they wanted to re-home her. My mum persuaded them to let us adopt her," Turner told the Coventry Telegraph.

Let's try to dissect the levels of awesome here. We have a delightful fictional world/real-life crossover involving a heartwarming dog adoption. "Game of Thrones?" Check. Fluffy animal? Check. Happily-ever-after ending? Check.

Even though most of us bawled our eyes out when Lady got done in, we now know the celebrity dog is living a charmed life, likely feasting on Milk-Bones and unicorn steaks. For a brief, shining moment, the "Game of Thrones" universe is just a little less darker than usual.

(Via Geekosystem)

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