Game of Thrones finale reunites Jon Snow and Ghost for one pawfect scene

Jon Snow ignored his loyal direwolf last week, but the series finale offered a pet-lover pleasing reunion.

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Ghost was left hanging in the penultimate episode, but he got his much deserved nuzzles in the finale.

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Ghost, the albino direwolf Jon Snow adopted in the Game of Thrones pilot, was all but ignored by his human buddy last week. Then came the May 19 series finale, and let's just say it went to the dogs in the best way paw-sible.


Whatever viewers thought of the final episode, it was at least satisfying for pet lovers, who got to see Jon return to the Night's Watch and reunite not only with his red-headed bro Tormund, but with Ghost as well.

And this time, he didn't just look the wolf's way, but got down on Ghost's level and really snuggled the good, good boy who lost an ear fighting for his buddy. And the love for Ghost was deserved, no bones about it.

Social media barked about it, too.

"Tried not to cry the whole episode then Ghost finally got his good boy pats and I lost it!" tweeted one fan.

Many Twitter users focused on what Ghost was thinking when his oft-gone owner finally, finally gave him some love.

Many remembered an earlier episode where Jon told Ghost, "I missed you, boy."

Some, however, envisioned a less friendly reunion of the two. "It would have been awesome if Ghost bit his head off and it went to black," one Twitter user wrote.

And some wondered if the writers hastily concocted the scene as service to complaining fans. Wrote one Twitter user: "They heard y'all complaining about Jon Snow not petting Ghost and said, 'Here, damn!'"

But however the Ghost affection made it into the script ... P.S. We'll take it.

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