Last Sunday?s Game of Thrones?s ?Battle of the Bastards? episode, where Jon Snow finally put an end to Ramsay Bolton?s reign and ultimately reclaimed Winterfell, delivered its promise. It had gore, it had action, it had drama, and it had a deliciously devilish ending.
But fans of the show were left wondering, ?Where was Ghost, Jon Snow?s faithful dire wolf, when his master faced Ramsay Bolton?s forces?? Shouldn?t Ghost be by Jon?s side at all times, especially when he?s at war?
According to a report published on Business Insider, Ghost was deliberately taken out of the scene for practical reasons. The episode?s director, Miguel Sapochnik, said that it was a choice between Ghost and Wun-Wun.
??[Ghost] was in there in spades originally, but it’s also an incredibly time consuming and expensive character to bring to life,? the episode?s director Miguel Sapochnik told Business Insider on Monday. ?Ultimately we had to choose between Wun-Wun and the direwolf, so the dog bit the dust.??
As previously reported by Entertainment Weekly, ?Battle of the Bastards? is one of the most expensive and time-consuming Game of Thrones episodes to produce. The episode required some 600 crew members, 500 extras, 160 tons of gravel, 70 horses, 25 stuntmen and women, 25 shooting days, and four camera crews. ?Its price tag could lie somewhere between $11 million and $25 million,? as EW reported.
The exclusion of Ghost in Jon and Ramsay?s face-off didn?t make the production cost any lower. Shooting scenes with Wun-Wun in them made filming doubly hard.
?Still, just because Ghost had to be dropped doesn’t mean the production made the easier and cheaper decision by bringing Wun Wun, the Wildling giant loyal to Jon Snow, to the battlefield.
??Anything with the giant is a challenge,? Sapochnik told us, “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.??
In his interview with TechInsider, Liam Cunningham, who plays Jon Snow?s ally Ser Davos Seaworth, says he prefers that Ghost be out of harm?s way.
?I would prefer to have ghost with Davos [rather] than with Jon. Even though it’s his direwolf, I just like the idea of an insurance policy.?
Liam Cunningham added that if Ghost took part in the battle, it would not have lasted long. Ghost would have been an easy target considering its size.
?Yeah that would have been cool, [but] obviously a big battle like that is no place for a direwolf. They’re not gonna last very long – I mean look at what happened to Wun Wun, the last of the giants.?
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