Monday, 6 May 2019

GOT Season 8 Episode 4: "The Last of the Starks"

This isn't a typical review of an episode that I've been talking about before. On the latest episode of Game of Thrones, Season 8, Episode 4, called "The Last of the Starks", I want us all to look at Ghost. Because this episode is probably the most upsetting one, in fact so far since the past few years, because we witnessed a cold dumping of this spirit wolf by his owner, Jon Snow. In previous seasons, Ghost stayed beside Jon, defending him, sitting beside Jon's body after he got stabbed. He is part of Jon in the books in many ways that the same is for the wolves of each of the other Starks. Ghost even helped against the fight in the Great War against the White Walkers. It left Ghost with minor injuries as there is blood on his fur. Ghost never appeared in Season 7, which led to an outcry among fans. Ghost was always in the show before, with Jon, but had only a background appearance in Season 8 with nobody acknowledging him. When Jon discovered his true parentage, and that his father is Rhaegar Targaryen, he changed his feelings towards his family, Daenerys and Ghost. He just walked away from Ghost and told the wildling Tormund to take him. Jon said that Ghost is a direwolf who will never be at home in Winterfell, despite the fact the castle has stone wolves, statues of wolves in the crypts and a direwolf banner. Then a scene went to a sad whimpering Ghost. Jon is out of character now as he's become neglectful of Ghost. The series has become different since the showrunners, David Benioff and Dan Weiss, got rights to take the rest of the story ahead of the books, because the books are unfinished. The latest series features Ghost as an extra and Jon having no interest in him, not even a hug goodbye. This is a shame. It's shameful. Here's to Ghost! Three cheers to Ghost, the forgotten hero. 
Howls to Ghost!

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