‘Game Of Thrones’: Was Ghost The Clue To Jon Snow’s Fate All Along?

The final season of Game of Thrones has come and gone, and many fans were divided over how the series ended. But there may have been clues to where the show was headed since the very beginning — at least when it comes to Jon Snow’s (Kit Harington) ultimate fate. Here’s a look at how Jon’s trusty direwolf, Ghost, may have pointed towards his ending all along.

Jon Snow (Kit Harington) in the final episode of 'Game of Thrones'
Jon Snow (Kit Harington) in the final episode of ‘Game of Thrones’ | Photo by Helen Sloan/HBO

All about the direwolves

There were parts of Jon’s story arc that did not get resolved — at least in a satisfying manner — by the end of Game of Thrones. One of the biggest ones that comes to mind is how Jon was clearly the Prince Who Was Promised, and yet he ended up living out his days north of The Wall.

It is also unclear why him being a Targaryen did not have a more significant impact on how things turned out, and whether or not other people learned about his true heritage. Nonetheless, a new fan theory argues that the Stark children’s direwolves hold the key to understanding the Game of Thrones finale.

We were introduced to the direwolves in the very first episode of the show after Ned Stark’s (Sean Bean) children stumbled across a litter. As fate would have it, there was a direwolf for each of them.

According to Express, each direwolf had a symbolic meaning for their owner. Robb Stark’s (Richard Madden) direwolf, for example, stood for the Stark’s colors. The pup’s name, Grey Wind, is also a reference to honor, a trait he carried to his grave just like his father. 

Ghost predicts Jon Snow’s ending

Ghost also had significant meaning to Jon’s journey. Most fans will agree that his name predicted that Jon would die and come back, essentially becoming a ghost. But the new theory argues that Ghost predicted way more than Jon’s resurrection.

For his entire story on Game of Thrones, Jon has lingered in the background of things, like a ghost of sorts. Being Ned’s bastard haunted Catelyn Stark her entire life and the truth of his lineage did the same to Ned.

Throughout his life, Jon was always a catalyst for change, yet he never seemed fully committed to anything. He was a Stark but never felt at home in Winterfell. He was a Targaryen but rejected the throne, unwilling to rule. A lot of significant things happened around Jon, but he never seemed fully engaged in anything.

At the end of the day, the great things he accomplished did little to better his situation, as he ended up exactly where he started the series. In some ways, he became a ghost.

Jon Snow’s ending not what it seemed

Some Game of Thrones fans were disappointed that Jon did not end up on the Iron Throne as the new Lord of the Seven Kingdoms. Instead, he was released from King’s Landing to live out the rest of days on The Wall with the Night’s Watch. The only twist is that Jon did not stay at The Wall.

Instead, he ventured north of the landmark with a group of Free Folk. The ending was not what many fans desired for Jon, but there is no arguing that he enjoyed his happiest days north of The Wall.

There is also an argument that Jon was leading the group of Free Folk as their King. Without the threat of White Walkers, Jon and his group can pretty much do whatever they please in the northern kingdom. Given their positive attitudes towards Jon, it is entirely possible that they crown him king, which would be a fitting end.

Did Jon Snow fulfill a prophecy in the Game of Thrones finale?

Endings aside, Jon did fulfill one of the show’s biggest prophecies in the series finale, but only if you believe Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) was the “darkness” referred to in the Prince That Was Promised prophecy. By plunging his dagger into her heart, Jon fulfilled the prophecy, saving the world from Daenerys’ reign of terror.

That is, of course, unless you think Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) killing the Night King made her Azor Ahai. Either way, we probably won’t find out until George R.R. Martin finishes the Game of Thrones books, if he ever does.