‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8, Episode 4 Preview Confirms a Fan Favorite Made It Out of the Battle of Winterfell Alive

*Warning: Spoilers ahead*

Like an actual ghost, Jon Snow’s (Kit Harington) much-adored direwolf, Ghost, pulled a major disappearing act in last night’s episode of Game of Thrones. (Now you see him, now you don’t.) But while we were a touch worried we didn’t see his snow-white coat glistening in the moonlight amidst all the carnage, the episode four promo allowed us to rest easy.

Yes, Jon’s fluffy (but ferocious) friend made it through and he’s ready for his next fight. Only this time, their enemy is living and goes by the name of Cersei (Lena Headey).

Prior to Ghost’s blink-and-you-missed-it cameo in episode two of this season, we hadn’t seen him since Jon was brought back to life in season six. In last night’s episode, he was right there growling at the frontlines and ready for a fight.

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But after he charged into battle alongside Ser Jorah (Iain Glen) and the Dothraki, we didn’t see him again. And although basically all of the Dothraki met an untimely demise, Ghost, it seems, lived.

We get a glimpse of him 18 seconds into the episode four teaser below.

He and the rest of the living are standing outside of Winterfell about to survey the damage from the Battle of Winterfell. (Having trouble spotting him? He’s on the right of the screen, behind Dany and Samwell.)

Hopefully that’s not one of the “pretty cool things” GoT VFX supervisor Joe Bauer was referring to when he told The Huffington Post what we could expect from Ghost this season. But at the very least we got to see him for a fleeting moment.

Bauer previously explained direwolves are expensive to include in episodes because they’re actual wolves and require a fair amount of CGI. And, if we’re being honest, episode four was so damn dark we probably wouldn’t have been able to tell if Ghost did anything “pretty cool” anyway.

Game of Thrones returns with episode four on Sunday, May 5, at 9 p.m. PT/ET on HBO. Until next episode, Ghost.

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