*Warning: mild Game of Thrones spoilers ahead!*
Fans had many things to say about the fourth episode Game of Thrones's final season, some good, some bad.
But every fan united behind one infuriating mistake that was almost too egregious to be believed.
You see, before riding out for King's Landing, Jon left his beloved direwolf Ghost with Tormund Giantsbane, believing (rightly) that the creature would be happier in the north.
Then, shocking the world, Jon just rode off without giving Ghost so much as a farewell pat!
my only GoT commentary for the night is that i cried over ghost and jon’s goodbye and jon couldn’t even like, pet h… https://t.co/htJ9AwayW9— Rosemary Donahue (@Rosemary Donahue) 1557111681.0
Ghost lost a ear in the battle and Jon couldn’t even pet him goodbye, wtf is that?! #gameofthrones https://t.co/dC3CmLTIGf— Ruke Loshaj (@Ruke Loshaj) 1557112909.0
It turns out the reason behind Jon's lack of affection wasn't character based so much as budget-based.
It's expensive to have people touch CGI creatures.
Director David Nutter says CGI prevented Jon Snow from giving Ghost a proper goodbye — ‘Since the direwolves are ki… https://t.co/oRuaMWAyCj— Fandom (@Fandom) 1557258549.0
#GameofThrones Jon: can I pet Ghost? HBO CGI Budget: No. Jon: https://t.co/iAtSLlt0iy— K I T (@K I T) 1557122282.0
Ghost hearing he has to go North because the CGI budget deported him #GameofThrones #DemThrones https://t.co/wj1JDyBx90— Adnān Stark (@Adnān Stark) 1557107910.0
Fans weren't having any of director David Nutter's excuses, though!
Last episode a dead giant picked up Lyanna Mormont https://t.co/LDVziLybac— ☕netw3rk (@☕netw3rk) 1557260860.0
@netw3rk Bro they ride DRAGONS in this show— ᵃˡᵉˣᵃⁿᵈᵉʳ (@ᵃˡᵉˣᵃⁿᵈᵉʳ) 1557261019.0
It seems the show had other budgetary priorities when it came to important CGI moments.
“We couldn’t have Jon pet Ghost cuz we blew our CGI budget on the blood spraying out of Rheagal’s throat. And Starbucks.”— Tom Fornelli (@Tom Fornelli) 1557259501.0
Some eagle-eyed viewers think they’ve spotted something that doesn’t belong in the latest #GameofThrones episode. https://t.co/DZoF9Ic0l1— Twitter Moments (@Twitter Moments) 1557129613.0
Does Jon Snow deserve the Iron Throne if he won't even pet Ghost?
Jon Snow ghosted Ghost. That’s no hero imo.— Tom Fornelli (@Tom Fornelli) 1557259366.0
Jon Snow was a hero and maybe even deserving of the Iron Throne but when he sent Ghost away without even giving him… https://t.co/BQT1gJDPZN— house stark hoppus. (@house stark hoppus.) 1557267652.0
Let’s just be real: ghost has not been a priority for them! that’s all! just say that, though!— ☕netw3rk (@☕netw3rk) 1557261336.0
If there's any one character who deserved better, it's Ghost.
The Sandlot handled giant dogs way better than Game of Thrones has https://t.co/5oCihOXphb— Andrew Gruttadaro (@Andrew Gruttadaro) 1557261275.0
The meme-makers of Twitter had a lot to say about the matter.
@TheLunari @CanYouPetTheDog https://t.co/EZeVjKaNdm— 🇺🇲 America's Ass 🇺🇲 (@🇺🇲 America's Ass 🇺🇲) 1557172013.0
#GameofThrones Me: Jon is the most purely good and worthy character on the show and I would like to see him sit th… https://t.co/80IJjSaIVY— Riley Barnes (@Riley Barnes) 1557177125.0
Everyone when Jon Snow didn’t give Ghost a proper goodbye... #GameOfThrones #DemThrones https://t.co/JS8S8mWCyd— Samantha Michelle (@Samantha Michelle) 1557166553.0
Here's to Ghost...
...let's remember the good times, back when Jon was still a good petter.
He deserved a better farewell! #Ghost #GameofThrones https://t.co/eS8vtTksmZ— Jamal Hyder (@Jamal Hyder) 1557236034.0
anyways let us remember how good and pure jon and ghost’s relationship is, ghost is a part of jon, and jon is a par… https://t.co/5FP3BDtemh— ben (@ben) 1557166106.0
And, if all else fails, we can always pet Ghost ourselves...sort of.
Actually, you CAN pet your own Ghost, as a cub...
...available here......and as a full grown direwolf...