The second episode of Game of Thrones' final season aired on Sunday, April 21, and although none of our beloved characters have yet died, the episode did see the reintroduction of a character who's been long absent from our screens.
*Warning: Mild spoilers ahead*
For years now, fans have been wondering what in the world happened to Jon's beloved direwolf, Ghost!
Dear @HBO and @GameOfThrones, Last night's #GameofThrones season 8 premiere was fantastic, but I feel I speak for m… https://t.co/tad9p8ql8x— David (Razor) Harris (@David (Razor) Harris)1555344996.0
Where The Hell Is Ghost On "Game Of Thrones"? https://t.co/hcXFccwa1r— BuzzFeed (@BuzzFeed)1555468863.0
But then... could it be?!
Did... did I just see #Ghost?!? #GameOfThrones— Natalie Abrams (@Natalie Abrams)1555897134.0
Yes! There he is! In the background of an establishing shot on the outer wall of Winterfell!
Hey @GameOfThrones , please, explain Ghost and how it came from nowhere !! #GameOfThornes https://t.co/huiCMpxkw4— Manuel AlejandroGoPe (@Manuel AlejandroGoPe)1555900041.0
Though tucked away in the background, Ghost is clearly still alive and well!
Seeing Ghost this episode like #gameofthrones #got https://t.co/TMVS5UMCgG— Jon (@Jon)1555899765.0
SHOUT OUT TO GHOST #GameOfThrones— Tom Fornelli (@Tom Fornelli)1555898889.0
Twitter rejoiced! GHOST IS BACK!
YALL PEEP THE BESTEST BOY GHOST 🥺 #GameofThrones https://t.co/C7ind8yIKk— LIN ʷᶦᵗʰ ˡᵘᵛ (@LIN ʷᶦᵗʰ ˡᵘᵛ)1555898330.0
Me: Oh look, its ghost. *Double take* ME: OH MY GOD. MY FURRY BABY. YOU PURE CREATURE YOU. YOU'RE BACK, NEVER GO AW… https://t.co/4CpDZ0YhwA— Saray_Camarillo (@Saray_Camarillo)1555898329.0
GHOST, BABY! GHOST! #GameofThrones https://t.co/RAkk9LV1Vw— harman. (@harman.)1555900196.0
The internet loves dogs, especially giant, white ones who've spent their lives protecting our main characters.
*Ghost finally gets his .5 seconds of screen time in #GameOfThrones Audience: https://t.co/KeAQthFu7F— ᴘᴏʟᴏ (@ᴘᴏʟᴏ)1555899353.0
GHOST #GameofThrones https://t.co/ztJQX5eUCx— Warrior of Light (@Warrior of Light)1555899014.0
Ghost hasn't been seen onscreen for literally years, which led many to question whether he'd ever return.
#gameofthrones Ghost jumping back into the series after being gone for three years... https://t.co/0KroerLU8D— where tf is ghost? (@where tf is ghost?)1555900762.0
Good boi Ghost in the background like #GameofThrones https://t.co/aofsS9ZnBU— Sarah O. (@Sarah O.)1555900500.0
It seems the show's producers just wanted to give fans a little reassurance that Ghost was ok (although perhaps a bit expensive to render on screen for full scenes).
When Ghost appears on screen for .2 seconds just to bless us. #GameofThrones https://t.co/uz0ZXA5WdL— Justin Harenchar (@Justin Harenchar)1555899983.0
Also HOW ABOUT GHOST SLIDING INTO THIS EPISODE ACTING LIKE HE HASNT BEEN MIA FOR YEARS #GameofThrones https://t.co/PoXGFrhgl7— Jay Tyler (@Jay Tyler)1555899249.0
A few fans wished Ghost's apparent reappearance had been given a little more explanation.
You’re just gonna bring Ghost back with no explanation???? WHERE WAS THAT GOOD BOY???? I#GameOfThrones https://t.co/ibWoNFuztG— Kacie McDonnell (@Kacie McDonnell)1555897046.0
So are we all just going to act like Ghost has been around forever? #GameOfThrones— Anthony Ramos 🐏 (@Anthony Ramos 🐏)1555899342.0
With Ghost back in play, people have big plans for how the last four episodes of the series are going to play out.
all i want from this season of game of thrones is for somebody to pet ghost. just give him a nice pat on the head o… https://t.co/WZOxjDNKIP— Andrew Goldfarb (@Andrew Goldfarb)1555899424.0
Seriously I don't care if everyone dies as long as Ghost lives forever. #GameofThrones— Cher (@Cher)1555896975.0
One possible ending for Game of Thrones: Everyone at Winterfell dies. The Golden Company and Euron Greyjoy flee K… https://t.co/HuXg3bmZfU— Courtney!!! Milan 🦖 (@Courtney!!! Milan 🦖)1555900468.0
With only a handful of episodes left, each longer than an hour, fans are preparing for what's likely a heartbreaking conclusion to the epic series. At least Ghost will be there to enjoy the ride along with us.
Game of Thrones | Season 8 | Official Trailer (HBO) www.youtube.com