Below lies absolutely no spoilers for season seven of Game of Thrones.
Because The Mirror is a tabloid, its headlines frequently favor the clickbait approach. But yesterday, the British rag sent a shiver down the spine of Game of Thrones fans with a cruelly deceptive headline that demanded all who saw it click and brace for tragedy.
With a sprawling cast, the mind reels spinning out the possibilities. As the page loads, our brain swells, preemptively mourning whatever beloved actor or actress has been taken from us too soon. And then the news item appears on your screen, revealing you’ve been trolled.
A dog. A dog died. Well, technically the albino Arctic Wolf that played Jon Snow’s loyal dire wolf Ghost died. So the phrasing “Game of Thrones star” was willfully and woefully misleading. Because of course we clicked thinking, “OMIGOD not (Insert Personal Favorite Here: Gwendoline Christie, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harrington, Sophie Turner…)!!!!” And thne, no. It’s a dog. And yes. The death of a dog is sad. But even Game of Thrones author and master of the emotional gut-punch George R.R. Martin didn’t toy with fans’ feelings this way. He just tweeted the sad news, like a human with an intact soul.
In loving memory of the real life Ghost from the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary. He passed this week & he will be missed. R.I.P pic.twitter.com/FHGRpagEiC— George RR Martin (@GRRMspeaking) May 23, 2017
The wolf that died isn’t even Ghost from Game of Thrones. That is the late animal’s name. But he was actually part of the Westeros Pack from the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary, each of whom were named after a Game of Thrones character, because of Martin’s generous donations to the organization.
Cheers to Genevieve Burgess for catching this distinction. Jeers to The Mirror more times.
Source: The Mirror