Whatever you thought of Game of Thrones Season 8, fans were united in their condemnation of Jon Snow when he didn't pet his direwolf Ghost in Episode 4. To give you a reminder, in the scene where Jon is saying his goodbyes to Tormund and Samwell Tarly before setting off to King's Landing, Jon doesn't pet Ghost before leaving. In fact, he tells Tormund to take Ghost with him when he heads back north of the wall.
After the fandom’s outcry over Ghost, the episode’s director, David Nutter, said that the goodbye didn't take place because of CGI considerations.
“Since the direwolves are kind of CG creations, we felt it best to keep it as simple as possible,” said Nutter. “And I think that it played out much more powerfully that way.”
“Keeping Ghost off to the side, I thought that played out better,” he added.
Thankfully for direwolf fans, Jon Snow killed Daenerys in the finale last night and was sent to serve the Night's Watch for the rest of his life. When Jon makes it back north to Castle Black, Ghost is already there with Tormund and it finally happened.
The best boy got his pat.
AND LOOK HOW HAPPY HE WAS.
Fans were understandably excited about the moment, which they'd been waiting for since Episode 4. "Please look at how happy Ghost was when he met Jon again," one user wrote.
"The only thing worth the wait was Jon petting Ghost," another added.
Others seemed to believe that the reunion with Ghost redeemed the episode somewhat.
me: wow this is riddled with easily resolved plot holes and strange narrative inconsistencie—— Mina Kimes (@minakimes) May 20, 2019
*Jon reunites with Ghost*
me: good episode imo
Another user suggested that the reunion was "the only good thing of the entire episode."
This fan called the moment the "best reunion of all time."
While Ghost received a fitting end, many fans are still wondering what happened to Nymeria, who was last seen leading a pack of wolves in the Riverlands.