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ghost davos jonSer Davos actor Liam Cunningham and Battle of the Bastards director Miguel Sapochnik have given different reasons as to why Ghost wasn’t part of that epic Game of Thrones season 6 episode. Sapochnik blamed it on the VFX budget and a choice between either Wun-Wun or Ghost:

“[Ghost] was in there in spades originally, but it’s also an incredibly time consuming and expensive character to bring to life. Ultimately we had to choose between Wun-Wun and the direwolf, so the dog bit the dust.”

This however doesn’t mean that producers went for the cheaper or the easier option. Creating Wun-Wun is an equally challenging task for the VFX team. Sapochnik explains:

“Anything with the giant is a challenge because he’s not there, and you have to shoot multiple layers for each shot, and get extras to react to something that doesn’t exist, and then shoot the actual giant played by Ian Wright months later on a green screen stage.”

And here’s what Cunningham said about Ghost’s absence:

“Yeah that would have been cool, [but] obviously a big battle like that is no place for a direwolf. They’re not gonna last very long – I mean look at what happened to Wun Wun, the last of the giants.”

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