HBO recently confirmed that Game of Thrones will return with its eighth and final season sometime during the first half of 2019.  And, as Visual effects supervisor Joe Bauer revealed in an interview with Huffington Post earlier this week,  so will Ghost, everyone’s favorite albino CGI direwolf.

The return of Jon Snow’s ever-faithful silent companion is exciting, for sure, but it’s hardly a surprise as most of the fans already expected him to come back anyway. Still, you’ve got to admit, it’s kind of nice having an official confirmation from the person in charge. What is, surprising, however, is the fact that Ghost will apparently be a huge part of the season. Of course, Bauer didn’t reveal what Ghost will be up to in Season 8, but he did say this:

“Oh you’ll see him again,” Bauer told Huffington Post, “he has a fair amount of screen time in Season 8. He does show up. He’s very present and does some pretty cool things in Season 8.”

Now, isn’t that exciting? As to what the direwolf’s role would be, one can only guess. Hopefully, he will be the part of the Great War against the Night King’s forces, fighting alongside the other direwolf we all know and love, the wild Nymeria, and her giant pack of wolves. And while Nymeria, who was reunited with Arya last season, ultimately chose to stay in the Riverlands with her new family, a giant wolf pack, that certainly doesn’t exclude the possibility that she would be back in Winterfell, just in time to help the living in the fight against the Army of the Dead. In fact, that is something, that George R. R. Martin, the author of the A Song of Ice and Fire books, on which Game of Thrones is loosely based, already hinted in one of his interviews. “You don’t hang a giant wolf pack on the wall unless you intend to use it,” Martin said, referencing Anton Checkov’s famous statement.

Of course, the show may not follow Martin’s plan, but at least this statement gives us hope that we could see Nymeria again, possibly fighting alongside Ghost in the War for the Dawn.

To recall, we haven’t seen Ghost since Jon Snow’s resurrection in Season 6 Episode 3 “Oathbreaker.” The direwolf was then supposed to appear in one scene in Season 7 Episode 2 “Stormborn.”

According to Bauer, they shot a farewell scene in which Jon pet Ghost on the head and instructed him to watch over Sansa at Winterfell while he is away, but the scene ended up being cut.  In the end, all we got of Ghost in season 7 was a brief mention from Sansa about the Northern lords not sitting around waiting for Jon to come back to Winterfell like Ghost.

As to why Ghost didn’t appear in season 7, Bauer explained, “The direwolves are tough because you don’t want to get them wrong, so we end up always shooting real wolves and doing a scaling trick with them, but the real wolves only behave in certain ways.”

And so did we, Jon Snow, so did we.

What do you think of Ghost’s return in Game of Thrones Season 8? What “cool things” do you think he will do? Let’s chat in the comments below.