Odin, the Northern Inuit Dog who played Bran Stark’s direwolf Summer on Game of Thrones, died on Thursday after a battle with cancer. He was 10 years old and a very good boy.
Owner William Muhall bought Odin and Thor, another Northerin Inuit who played Robb Stark’s Greywind, with money he saved up at age 18. Weeks later, both puppies were booked to star in the first episode of Season 1 of Game of Thrones. Since then, they’ve gone on tour, helped raise money for charities, and brought joy to countless fans’ lives. Muhall said he couldn’t be prouder of Odin and “his legacy speaks for itself.” Rightfully so, as Game of Thrones will go down as one of the best TV shows of the 2010s.
Muhall recently revealed that Odin had cancer in an Instagram video. The medical costs of Odin’s treatment were skyrocketing and all direwolf tour company events had been canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak. As such, Muhall was under financial strain and sought help to raise the funds. Fans raised over £12,000 to help Odin in mere days, but ultimately the pup’s cancer took a turn for the worst. The donations will now be used to pay Odin’s vet bill, with the remainder donated to various dog charities.
The Game of Thrones Direwolves tour company shared the news publicly on Instagram. “It’s difficult to put into words how this has impacted us as a family for Odin lead a life like no other dog,” their post reads. “Odin was a family member first and we got him when he was a pup at 7 weeks old… We can all take great comfort in knowing that he is forever immortalised in the great TV show Game of Thrones as Summer Bran Starks Direwolf Pup in Season 1 episode 1. To everyone that was lucky enough to meet him and put a smile on your face, please remember that moment. It’s an incredible piece of luck to have a pet you love so well become world famous and touch so many peoples hearts.”
Maybe Odin could have improved the final season of Game of Thrones, which was an agreed-upon fiasco. We’ll never know, unfortunately, but at least fans are left with nothing but good memories of Odin, including adorable high-definition scenes, real-life meet-and-greets, and archived pupdates online.
Game of Thrones may have concluded, but HBO isn’t giving up that audience just yet. Instead, the network is working on a spin-off series called House of the Dragon and it’s already got a premiere date. We’ve got our fingers crossed that a new generation of adorable dogs will star in the show in some way.
If there’s one good thing to come from this coronavirus quarantine, it’s that George R.R. Martin is using it to finish the next Game of Thrones book. It’s called The Winds of Winter and it’s the sixth novel in his fantasy series that the TV shows is based on. Technically the book’s been in development for years now, so maybe this long stretch of isolation will help Martin finally finish it once and for all.
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Our family are at immense heartbreak to announce that Odin passed away early this morning. It’s difficult to put into words how this has impacted us as a family for Odin lead a life like no other dog. Odin was a family member first and we got him when he was a pup at 7 weeks old all we wanted were big dogs to take hiking and to sleep at our feet in the evening beside the fire, everything after that was a bonus. Odins passing marks the end of a decade and the end of an era as he taught our friends and family a lot of lessons about life for one dog he has more stories to tell than some people would. Odin has far too many achievements to announce in this post but just look at our social media pages over the past 5 years and see. We can all take great comfort in knowing that he is forever immortalised in the great TV Show Game of Thrones as Summer Bran Starks Direwolf Pup in Season 1 episode 1 . To everyone that was lucky enough to meet him and put a smile on your face please remember that moment. It’s an incredible piece of luck to have a pet you love so well become world famous and touch so many peoples hearts. He was always fond of the beach and his favourite treats which he had almost everyday before his passing. He was met with further illness as the week continued and the vets did everything they could to keep him going but he passed away in his sleep. We are incredibly grateful for the donations made towards Odin treatment and we will use what is needed to pay his vet bill and we will donate the rest between our favourite dog charities the donations will help further dogs in need at this tough time. If you have photos or videos or stories about Odin then please send them or share them with us. Please understand we will try reply to all your messages at this very difficult time in our lives.
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With a Heavy heart we have an announcement to make about Odin and we are now asking for your help. In these extreme circumstances we have nowhere else to turn to and hope with your donation we can continue Odins road to recovery. The link to the “Go Fund me” donation page is in our bio and our instagram stories. We understand everyone is effected by this global pandemic so if a donation is not possible then a prayer is greatly appreciated. Thank you
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GRR Martin wrote the first chapter of Game of Thrones in 2-3 days! He started with the Stark family finding the Direwolf pups and it just poured from there. Swipe right to see a section of the interview. GRR Martin has changed many people’s lives with his creation and it being made into the worlds best TV Show it’s changed our country forever. Before Game of Thrones Belfast was known for two things the Titanic and the troubles both events were extremely tragic. Since Game of Thrones has filmed here they didn’t just create jobs they created an industry. The booming Northern Ireland film industry has Game of Thrones to thank for being its first major production and we will be forever grateful for that. Above Odin and Thor filming the scene he mentions and below 8 years later. #gameofthrones #direwolf #grrmartin #asoiaf #stark #belfast #ireland #got #jonsnow #daenerystargaryen #tyrionlannister