After watching the Sunday night’s episode, we are saddened by the deaths of our GoT favourites. Along with the gruesome deaths of Hodor (Kristian Nairn), the Three-Eyed Raven (Max von Sydow), and the Forest Child, Leaf, we were deeply hurt to see a direwolf being killed. It seems like Game of Thrones is not letting go the killings, even for animals. Last night’s “The Door” episode has been a heartbreaking one, and everyone wished that they never saw it. In fact, most of the GoT fans and viewers wish that the episode wasn’t real and that no one had died. It is sad to say that the episode did take place and it showed us how Bran Stark’s (Isaac Hempstead Wright) direwolves died in Game of Thrones season 6, episode 5, “The Door.”
Now that the direwolf is dead, everyone is accepting the reality that are that the Game of Thrones universe is not safe for any living thing. Seeing how Bran Stark’s direwolf died last night, it also brings up the question, “How many direwolves are left on Game of Thrones?” The direwolves have been a part of the series since the very first episode. In fact, it was in the pilot episode (GoT, S01E01) that we saw the direwolf pups entering the Stark house.
How Many Direwolves Remain?
In the first season, Ned Stark (Sean Bean) and the other House members come across a corpse of a dead direwolf mother. The mother direwolf had birthed pups, which were taken home at the request of Bran. Bran rescued the pups as his father (Ned Stark) had ordered Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen) to kill them. If you remember well, Jon Snow (Kit Harrington) was the one who suggested that the five pups be given to all the five Stark children.
At the end of that scene, you also saw Jon Snow taking along a sixth pup lying at the end of the mother direwolf’s body. It’s sure to say that after five years, Jon Snow’s direwolf has grown very strong and has became a fighter just like him. The direwolf was also present at the time Jon Snow came back to life. Unfortunately, the other five direwolves weren’t that lucky. Jon Snow’s direwolf, Ghost, is very much alive and safe with him, and so is Nymeria, Arya Stark’s (Maisie Williams) direwolf.
We saw Summer (Bran’s direwolf) getting killed by the wights in “The Door.” Then, we also saw Rickon Stark’s (Art Parkinson) direwolf, Shaggydog, being killed in the Last Hearth. Grey Wind, the poor direwolf of Rob Stark (Richard Madden) died with him at the Red Wedding. And, Lady, Sansa Stark’s (Sophie Turner) direwolf, was killed under the orders of Robert Baratheon.
That leaves only two direwolves alive in Game of Thrones. Let us hope that they make it to the end of the series alive. Watch the video below to see the moment when the direwolf pups were adopted by the Stark family.