GoT S8 E4: Here’s What Happened With Ghost, Missandei, and Rhaegal (Spoilers): There has been a lot discussion and controversy after the 4th episode. The biggest thing when Missandei and Rhaegal died. Fans were crushed when Missandei and Rhaegal went down in the fourth episode of season 8. Heartfelt tributes for the two beloved characters spread quicker than wildfire online.
Daenerys lost two of her valuable players in separate but equally brutal scenes: her right-hand woman Missandei was captured and then executed by the Mountain while her love Grey Worm and a devastated Dany watched. And, in a terrifying sequence, Rhaegal was hit with a crossbow launched by Euron Greyjoy.
We last saw the good boy Ghost in the beginning of Season Six, when the direwolf was loyally sleeping by Jon Snow’s dead body. That was more than three years and two seasons of Game of Thrones ago. In the Season Eight premiere, among long-awaited reunions between, Jon and Sansa, Jon and Bran, Jon and literally everyone—one was most notably missing: Ghost.
“The Last of the Starks” was full of fan service–although much of it was misplaced. Ghost showed up for the third time this season, only to immediately be written off the show, without so much as a pat from Jon. The suits at HBO breathed a sigh of relief for the show’s CG budget, while fans cried out at the injustice of Ghost being treated like he’s just as unimportant as Daario F***ing Naharis. Ghost’s casual dismissal was almost as bad as the episode cutting away from Jon telling his sisters his true identity–a conversation fans have been awaiting for decades. Considering how much fan service this season has featured, it’s frankly shocking that we didn’t get to see the rest of that chat.
And another dragon died. Once again, Game of Thrones put cinematic showiness over plausibility, as it’s hard to believe that Dany somehow failed to glimpse Euron’s fleet hiding behind a rock from her vantage point hundreds of feet in the air. The camera was pointed up toward the sky when the fleet apparently came into view of the dragons, which leaves it just vague enough to be somewhat believable. But even if you buy that, it’s insane that no one saw that attack coming in a figurative sense; they know about Euron’s fleet, they know about Cersei’s scorpions (Drogon caught a bolt back in Season 7’s “The Spoils of War”), and they know that King’s Landing and Dragonstone are a stone’s throw from one another. Why wouldn’t Euron be waiting to ambush them?
With two episodes of Game of Thrones left, it feels safe to say that the show probably doesn’t have many big surprises left. Some fans are disappointed the White Walkers were easily defeated in a single skirmish, while others may still hope that Jon and Dany will make peace with each other and figure out that a united Targaryen front is the strongest, easiest, and smartest way forward. Whatever you think, there’s no denying that this season has been surprising so far, and despite all our gripes, there’s something deeply enjoyable about that.