Published On: Mon, Aug 19th, 2019

Game of Thrones S8 Ep4 CONTROVERSIAL scene predicted Jon was ALWAYS destined for The Wall | Books | Entertainment

It was a moment which enraged fans. To be fair, there were plenty of those in Season 8 of the HBO adaptation and almost all of them centred on characters doing things which were out of character or which came out of the blue. Jon Snow’s entire secret Targaryen heritage was particularly fumbled and became another red herring, rather like the Night King. But one part of his character arc has remained faithful to the books and it guaranteed that he could only ever end up back in the far North. 

It has been spotted before that the Stark children’s fates were completely linked to their direwolves.

From the moment Jon found his albino cub crawling away from its dead mother and siblings, it signalled that Jon’s fate would always be a little apart from the others.

The name Ghost came to signify not just Jon’s passing through death but also his eventual fate as a virtual phantom, banished from the lands of the living and quite likely destined to fade from popular memory.

The first scene of the books to the very last one on-screen reinforce the fact that Jon and Ghost are bound together. The extremely fan-displeasing moment in Episode Four turned out to predict that perfectly.

After the Battle of Winterfell, there were human howls of protest when Jon left Winterfell to South with Daenerys. 

He hugged everyone goodbye, even Gilly, but only had a nod for his faithful direwolf? Fans were outraged. How could he leave Ghost? And without even a proper goodbye? They were supposed to be together forever.

Back in the very first book, Eddard told all his children their responsibilities to the direwolves; “You will train them yourselves, you will feed them yourselves, and if they die, you will bury them yourselves.”

At Winterfell, Jon told Tormund: “A direwolf has no place in the South.” It turns out, neither did he.

There was never a place for Jon in the South. Even if they had tried to make him king he would have refused it. Even his frequently obtuse nature recognised he would never have the patience, insight or diplomatic abilities to wrangle an entire court and kingdom.

Jon left Ghost at Winterfell, but by charging Tormund with his care, the direwolf was always going to end up back at the Wall, and beyond.

Just like Jon. 

In the same way, Arya’s Nymeria became a restless traveller out in the wilds, away from everyone else. Rickon’s Shaggdogg represented the poor lad’s unimportance to the main storyline, Robb’s Grey Wind represented how his hopes would blow away and Sansa’s Lady had to die as the beginning of her rejection of everything she had once wanted to become.

Only Bran’s Summer is a little confusing. The name represents how Bran, ultimately, becomes the symbol and figurehead for the rebirth of Westeros but the direwolf’s death is a little puzzling. Perhaps his fate will be different in the books?

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