Game of Thrones – Or Game of Bones – How Similar is the Direwolf Ghost to a Samoyed?

The runt of the litter! That one’s yours, Snow.” – Theon Greyjoy to Jon Snow.

Jon Snow's Ghost

Jon Snow’s Ghost

It’s Friday so I hope you’ll permit a post on the lighter side today. I wanted to have a bit of fun and talk about two of my favorite things, Samoyeds (obviously) and Game of Thrones.

I’m a GOT nerd; I’ve read all of the books, and I love the television show. And one of the things that immediately connected me to Game of Thrones were the direwolves, specifically Jon Snow’s direwolf Ghost.

And is it any wonder? Ghost happens

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Ramius – You Know Nothing Jon Snow!

to look an awfully lot like a Samoyed doesn’t he? Take a look at Ghost and my beloved Ramius (RIP sweety) here on the right. Pretty similar looking aren’t they?

And as much as I do love Game of Thrones, they have been absolutely BRUTAL on their direwolves! Why do they do that?! Other than Arya’s direwolf Nymeria, whose status is unknown after she was sent away for her safety in Season 1 (though she must still be alive…right…right?), Ghost is the only direwolf we know FOR SURE is still alive.

Sansa lost her direwolf Lady at the behest of Cersei (SHAME!) in Season 1. Grey Wind perished along with Robb Stark at the Red Wedding. Unfortunately we had to see the gruesome sight of the head of Shaggydog, Rickon’s direwolf, placed on a spike earlier this season. And of course, perhaps most devastatingly of all, Bran’s direwolf Summer was killed defending him in the “Hold the Door” episode a few weeks ago. I mean really, we lose Hodor AND Summer in one episode?!


So now we have John’s direwolf Ghost, who we know is still alive. And then we have Arya’s Nymeria, who we can hope is still alive and wandering somewhere in Westeros. I mean she’s gotta be alive right? The writers of the show wouldn’t kill her off and not tell us would they?!

Battle of the Bastards

Which brings us to last week’s episode where Jon Snow takes on Ramsay Bolton in the epic battle for Winterfell. Look, we all knew this battle was coming and that Jon would be at the heart of it, leading his vastly outnumbered troops against the despicably disgusting Ramsay. And where Jon goes, we know Ghost is usually close behind, so I was legitimately worried for his fate.

But the thing is, where was Ghost?! He was nowhere to be found on the battlefield! A bit odd don’t you think, though I’m guessing that probably had to do primarily with production costs.

Wun Wun

RIP Wun Wun

The battle of Winterfell was already the most expensive scene ever filmed in Game of Thrones history, and they had the Giant Wun Wun in the battle to account for too, which is going to add significantly to SFX costs. Poor Wun Wun…

But I have to say, I’m very glad Ghost wasn’t on the field that day because it would’ve been hard to imagine him surviving the mess that was that battle. And I’m sorry, but I couldn’t take losing him too. Not Ghost! No way!

But fortunately, Jon Snow and his forces were victorious without needing his help (though the Knights of the Vale sure came in handy), and Ghost lives to fight another day.

Long live Ghost! Woo-hoo!

Comparing Ghost to Samoyeds

As we saw earlier in the photos above, Ghost looks an awful lot like a Samoyed. He has long, beautiful white fur; a long snout, and a black tipped nose. Just like a Samoyed. Ghost, like all direwolves, is fiercely loyal to his human caretaker. Just like Samoyeds.

In terms of their diets, Ghost eats anything he damn well pleases, but he’s certainly a carnivore, like all dogs. As for Samoyeds, we’ll they’d like to eat whatever they damn well please too, particularly bacon. but they generally stick to dog food.


But when it comes to size, that’s where Ghost has a huge advantage. Ghost, the so called “runt of the litter” grew up to be the biggest of all of his siblings. He is reputed to be the size of a Pony or a small horse. That’s pretty big.

Sacha on the other hand is about 90lbs. Which is also pretty big, but not direwolf big. Not Ghost big! Then of course there’s the eyes. Ghost famously has red eyes, whereas Sacha’s eyes are black. Like a Samoyed. And finally, a direwolf like Ghost is so ferocious he can kill a wight if necessary. Sacha’s not quite so ferocious, but man, you should see what he can do to a tennis ball!

Me Smiling at the Harbor!

I’m not quite so ferocious. Unless you’re a tennis ball!

So all in all, I think they’re relatively similar; I mean all things considered. If I was in a fight, I’d like to have Ghost by my side. But if I needed warming up on a cold winter’s night, I think I’ll go with Sacha.

Let’s just all hope that Game of Thrones has mercy on its two remaining direwolves. In many ways, they’re the heart and soul of the show. Just like a Samoyed is the heart and soul of your family. And if you’re one of those people who doesn’t really care about what happens to the direwolves in Game of Thrones, I’ve only got one word for you.


So tell me what you think Game of Thrones fans. How close is Ghost to a Samoyed?

10 thoughts on “Game of Thrones – Or Game of Bones – How Similar is the Direwolf Ghost to a Samoyed?

    1. Mike Post author

      Thanks for commenting Rachel! Maybe based on this week’s GoT finale, I’ll be inspired to write another post like this one.

  1. Evie

    I loved the GoT’s direwolves but each time they got killed off I get more upset. Honestly I can watch a film or show where people go to war against each other and sides are all merrily killing each other and I always get more upset at dogs or horses dying.

    I love your beautiful Ramius what a lovely dog he looked like. And yes I had never realised that there was a similarity until now

    1. Mike Post author

      Thanks for commenting Evie! And yes, let’s hope that Ghost survives the season finale tomorrow, and maybe we’ll finally get word on Nymeria too.

  2. Debbie

    My son was just telling me about this the other day! He told me that if I watched it I would get hooked! After reading this, probably so! Such a well written and well thought out article! I felt like I was in another place! This was so fun to read! Thanks for sharing it!

    1. Mike Post author

      Thank you for the compliment Debbie! Well tonight is the GoT season finale, so you’ve got plenty of time to binge watch and get caught up before the new season begins next year. Thanks for commenting!

  3. Jeanette

    Hi Mike. I really enjoyed reading this article. It was very lighthearted. You are definitely right about a Samoyed and the Direwolves in Game of Thrones. They look very similar. I love Game of Thrones too. Great show. Been watching it since the beginning when it first came out. I absolutely love the Direwolves. They are most definitely the heart and soul of the show. Thank you so much for this awesome post!

  4. Pete

    I’m a major Game of Thrones fan as well. I think that you can definitely see some resemblance between your samoyed and Ghost. I really hope that Ghost makes it through. He’s definitely my favorite. I’m sure your Sacha would tear up a wight if you were threatened. Now I only have a 13 lb Italian greyhound, so I don’t know how vicious she would be, but she certainly can go at a rawhide with the best of them!

  5. Davor

    Google Swiss Shepherd and you will see Jon Snow’s Ghost 🙂
    I named mine Casper but should have named it Ghost.


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