"Game of Thrones" fans grieved along with Sansa Stark when her direwolf was killed — no, murdered — at the behest of evil Joffrey in "Game of Thrones" Season 1. But it turns out that behind the scenes, Sophie Turner took Lady (real name: Zunni) home with her after the tragic event.
"Growing up I always wanted a dog, but my parents never wanted one. We kind of fell in love with my character's direwolf, Lady, on set," Turner told the Coventry Telegraph. "We knew Lady died and they wanted to rehome her. My mum persuaded them to let us adopt her."
In Season 1, Mahlek Northern Inuit dogs were used to portray the puppy direwolves, and when filming wrapped, all the actors got the chance to take the dogs home. Turner was able to, and Isaac Hempstead Wright wanted to but already had several at home.
In Season 2, real wolves replaced the dogs to show the growth of the Starks' loyal companions. As time continued to pass in Westeros, CGI augmented their size. Ultimately, the wolves won't get too much bigger, though.
"We did some testing and at a certain point they look unreal," co-executive producer Dan Weiss told Entertainment Weekly. "We reached a nice balance with them. And frankly, no matter how much money you spend on CG wolves — and we've seen the best that's out there, state of the art, and some of it looks great — it still doesn't look, move, and feel like a real animal."
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