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Battle of The Bastards Director Explains Decision To Drop Key Character

SPOILERS for season 6 of Game of Thrones 9th episode, Battle of The Bastards, ahead. Director Miguel Sapochnik explains dropping key character from the episode.

Game of Thrones delivered in a big way on Sunday, with Battle of The Bastards. However, some fans voiced their opinion on a certain character missing from the epic battle.

You may have noticed that Ghost, Jon’s direwolf was nowhere to be found in the penultimate episode of the season. Apart from Nymeria (Arya’s Direwolf), the rest of the Stark direwolve’s were always close by, until death do them part.

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Miguel Sapochnik, the director of Battle of The Bastards explained the reasoning behind leaving the magnificent beast/pet out of the episode entirely –

“[Ghost] was in there in spades originally, but it’s also an incredibly time consuming and expensive character to bring to life. Ultimately we had to choose between Wun-Wun and the direwolf, so the dog bit the dust.”

Miguel Sapochnik
Ghost – Always at Jon’s side, until now / HBO

Sapochnik added “Anything with the giant is a challenge. because he’s not there, and you have to shoot multiple layers for each shot, and get extras to react to something that doesn’t exist, and then shoot the actual giant played by Ian Whyte months later on a green screen stage.”

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At least Ghost is safe and sound for now, and that’s all we really wanted. Before the episode, we speculated that another direwolf could feature, but it was a long shot.

For our review of Battle of The Bastards, including some thoughts on Daenerys and Yara, click here.

What do you think about the decision to drop Ghost? Share in the comments below.

 

 

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