‘Game Of Thrones’ Fans Are More Upset Over This Than That Cup Of Coffee In Episode 4

Episode 4 of Game of Thrones, “The Last of the Starks,” featured some heartbreaking moments for the cast and one embarrassing mistake for the crew. While Emilia Clarke’s coffee cup was taking up headlines, most Game of Thrones fans was more upset about how the show handled Ghost’s storyline.

'Game of Thrones' star Kit Harington
Kit Harington (Jon Snow) | Photo by Helen Sloan/HBO

Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and his beloved direwolf have been good pals since Season 1, and Ghost has always stuck by his side no matter the circumstances. After somehow surviving the deadly Battle of Winterfell, the series said goodbye to Ghost in the most dismissive way possible: sending him to live out his days beyond The Wall without as much as a pat on the head. With only two more episodes ahead, the move has fans wondering what other choices might be in store for our favorite characters.

Why did Jon ditch Ghost in Episode 4 of ‘Game Of Thrones’?

For the past few episodes, Jon has struggled to come to terms with the idea that he is actually a Targaryen. For most of his life, Jon never knew who his mother was and always assumed that he was the bastard son of Ned Stark (Sean Bean). That all changed when Samwell Tarly (John Bradley) told Jon that his real father was Rhaegar Targaryen and his mom was Lyanna Stark.

While Jon is still a Stark by blood – Lyanna was Ned’s sister – he seems to be fully embracing his Targaryen side. Rejecting Ghost could be Jon’s way of symbolically cutting ties with the Starks as he heads towards King’s Landing to face Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey).

On the other hand, it could also be Jon’s way of keeping Ghost safe and far from the upcoming slaughter. Ghost suffered some pretty significant injuries in the Battle of Winterfell, so having him live out his days in peace isn’t all that bad.

Why were ‘Game of Thrones’ fans angry about Ghost’s storyline?

Whatever Jon’s motivations for turning away Ghost, fans were upset with how he said goodbye. According to Vox, Jon said goodbye to his loyal companion with a slight nod after telling Tormund (Kristofer Hivju) to take the direwolf with him on his journey north. Jon didn’t utter a single word or offer Ghost a pat on the head for always being there for him.

Even Ghost looked sad at the way Jon said farewell, which is why fans were distraught over the scene.

In fact, many fans took to social media after the episode to express their sadness with Ghost’s storyline. They also blasted the show for having Jon do something that is completely out of character.

“You couldn’t even give him a pet on the head Jon?! WTF,” one fan wrote on Twitter.

Why did ‘Game of Thrones’ get rid of Ghost?

Fans were obviously upset with how the series handled Ghost’s apparent end, but there was a practical reason for giving Ghost a quick goodbye.

In an interview with the New York Times, executive producer David Nutter revealed that they did not have Jon pet Ghost because of CGI issues. Nutter explained how they thought the moment was still powerful and showed how much is at stake for all of the characters involved.

“Very much so. It’s all about how to balance that all out, and making sure it’s done properly, and reminding you of the characters and what’s at stake and what’s happening at any particular moment,” Nutter shared.

CGI problems aside, fans are clearly still unhappy with how the series handled Ghost, especially considering his significance to House Stark.

Fortunately, Arya Stark’s (Maisie Williams) direwolf, Nymeria is presumably still alive, so there is a chance we get more direwolf action in the near future.

HBO addresses ‘Game of Thrones’ coffee situation

Ghost’s sad ending aside, one of the biggest headlines to come out of Episode 4 was the coffee cup that was accidentally left on set. The cup made it past all of the editing phases but did not get past some eagle eyed fans. In response to all of the hilarious memes that have since popped up, HBO released an official statement poking fun at their obvious blunder.

“The latte that appeared in the episode was a mistake,” the network shared. “Daenerys had ordered an herbal tea.”

The coffee cup snafu was a rare one for the fantasy drama, which has some of the best prop people in the business. Even still, it shows that even the pros make mistakes from time to time.

New episodes of Game of Thrones air Sunday nights on HBO.