Game Of Thrones author George R.R. Martin has made the sad announcement today that the real-life wolf who played Ghost is dead. Jon Snow’s faithful companion was played by an albino Arctic Wolf and lived at the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary in New Mexico, USA. The four-legged star of HBO’s fantasy drama, who passed away this week, was part of a pack that lived at the rescue centre supported by the Martin family.
Breaking the news on Twitter, Martin said: “In loving memory of the real life Ghost from the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary. He passed this week & he will be missed. R.I.P” Ghost is one of the only two remaining Stark direwolves in Game Of Thrones, but Nymeria has been missing since the first season. The runt of the litter, who was gifted to illegitimate Stark Jon Snow, quickly became popular amongst fans during his time at the Wall.
Fans of the show took to Twitter to give their sympathies and hope that the direwolf won’t be killed off in the books or the show. One fan said: “Aww thats so sad RIP beautiful creature!” Another added: “Losing a friend is never easy. May he be not only missed but also remembered.” A third said: “A great man once said…’The lone wolf dies but the pack survives”