It had been quite a while since Game of Thrones fans last got a glimpse of Ghost before Sunday's episode, which finally brought Jon Snow's (Kit Harington) beloved direwolf back into view -- even if it was something of a throwaway cameo for our four-legged friend.

Before that, Ghost had been MIA since Season 6, when he lay by Jon's bedside until his buddy's body could be revived by the Red Witch. Ghost was subsequently kept away from the field during the Battle of the Bastards. (After Jon got one good look at poor Shaggydog's severed head, who could blame him for keeping the pooch kenneled?) He also didn't make the long trip to Dragonstone, and he certainly didn't join the Wight Hunt north of the Wall. So, basically, Ghost has missed out on most of the action in Jon Snow's second life so far.

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However, from the looks of how on guard he was while watching over Jon and Samwell Tarly (John Bradley) in Sunday's episode, Ghost is likely to be a part of the all-hands-on-deck situation that's underway in Winterfell now that the White Walkers have arrived. Why wouldn't he be? As we saw all the way back in Season 1 when he helped Jon take down the reanimated Othor, Ghost can be very, very useful in a tangle with the walking dead. That means we can (hopefully) stay tuned for more Ghost action ahead.

In the meantime, even as the show seems to be squeezing in as much closure as it can -- we even got a status update on Ed Sheeran's character, for crying out loud -- there are still quite a few people whose fates haven't been addressed just yet. Let's take a look at who else might (MIGHT) pop back up in Season 8.

Robyn Arryn (Lino Facioli) on Game of Thrones

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It's been a while since the Lord of the Vale showed up on Game of Thrones. He last appeared in the middle of Season 6, when Petyr Baelish (Aidan Gillen) quickly convinced him to send his Knights to protect Sansa (Sophie Turner). Lord Royce (Rupert Vansittart) had of course learned how little his loyalty to the Arryn family meant to young Robyn in the same exchange, so it's no surprise that Roycewould jump at the chance to remain by Sansa's side in Season 8. However, that doesn't really explain why the rest of the Knights are still in Winterfell instead of protecting the Vale for the possibility that the North will fall, and the Eyrie would be vulnerable as a result. Even so, count on the Starks' cousin to come back into the picture before it's all said and done for sure. Let's just hope he doesn't hold Littlefinger's execution against them for too long.

Melisandre (Carice van Houten) on Game of Thrones

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The Red Witch was banished from the North by Jon Snow after Ser Davos (Liam Cunningham) told him what she did to little Shireen Baratheon (Kerry Ingram). Once he showed up in Dragonstone in Season 7, she decided to hightail it out of there, too. She told Varys (Conleth Hill) she would head to Volantis, but she also promised she would return to Westeros one last time because she has "to die in this strange country," just like him. People don't just say things like that on this show, so we can pretty much guarantee Melisandre will be back in Season 8.

Meera Reed (Ellie Kendrick) on Game of Thrones

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After all she did, and all she lost, in the process of getting Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) to safety in Winterfell so that he could help in the fight against White Walkers, Meera was none too pleased to hear Bran say he was now the Three-Eyed Raven and couldn't show proper appreciation for her sacrifices. She left for her family home in Greywater Watch on bad terms with Bran, with plans to be with her family if winter ever reached them. It remains to be seen whether we'll get the closure of knowing what becomes of the remaining Reeds, but here's hoping Meera will finally get a proper thank you before the book is closed on Game of Thrones.

Robett Glover (Tim McInnerny) on Game of Thrones

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We suspect House Glover quickly came to regret not joining the rest of the North at Winterfell. We all know what happened to the Umbers, and given that Robett decided to stay in Deepwood Motte, which is northwest of Winterfell, there's already a chance that Robett and his house have joined the army of the dead by now. But if he has managed to survive so far, we could see his own ghastly encounter with the Night's King soon enough as the wights continue their march through Westeros.

Nymeria on Game of Thrones

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Arya's direwolf is the only other living member of the Starks' litter of pups, and last time we saw her was shortly after Arya's brush with Hot Pie. While trekking north, Arya was surrounded by wolves, but then Nymeria showed up as the clear alpha of the pack, and she and Arya had an exchange that indicated she remembered her from all those years ago. Arya invited Nymeria to come back with her to Winterfell but realized domestication was not in Nymeria's nature. That emotional reunion might've been it for Nymeria on Game of Thrones, but there's certainly still room for her to come in and offer her girl a save if the White Walkers prove to be too much for her, despite her sizable arsenal of weapons.

Daario Naharis (Michael Huisman) on Game of Thrones

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Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) opted not to bring her boyfriend Daario across the Narrow Sea at the end of Season 6 because she knew it'd be more politically savvy to marry someone as a power play. He was instead left to keep the peace in Slaver's Bay, but who knows how long he'll stay put.

Hot Pie (Ben Hawkey) on Game of Thrones

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The last time we saw Hot Pie was in early Season 7, when Arya (Maisie Williams) ran into him at an inn, and he informed her that Jon Snow and Sansa had successfully reclaimed Winterfell for House Stark after winning the Battle of the Bastards. This news inspired Arya to head home, instead of journeying to King's Landing to commit a li'l regicide, and she told Hot Pie to avoid being killed, to which he answered, "I will... I'm a survivor." That could easily serve as a full-on wrap for the character, but who knows if his delicious pies and good-natured hospitality might come in handy one last time as the story nears its end.

Jaqen H'ghar (Tom Wlaschiha) on Game of Thrones

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After Arya managed to defeat the Waif near the end of Season 6, she left "No One" behind in the Hall of Faces and departed Braavos for Westeros -- but fans shouldn't be surprised if his face pops up again at some point, considering his intimate relationship with death.

Septa Unella (Hannah Waddingham) on Game of Thrones

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If we don't ever hear about Septa Unella again, it won't be too much of a "shame, shame, shame," but technically we never saw her die. Last we saw, at the tail end of Season 6, Cersei (Lena Headey) left her strapped to a table in the dungeons of King's Landing for the Mountain to do with her what he pleased -- shudder. But Cersei promised that Septa Unella was "not going to die for quite a while," so she could very well still be alive and awaiting rescue.

Ellaria Sand (Indira Varma) on Game of Thrones

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Here's another one who's been left to suffer in the darkness below the Red Keep. In Season 7, after Euron (Pilou AsbĂk) delivered Ellaria and her daughter to Cersei as a token of his loyalty, she exacted revenge against the woman who killed Myrcella by poisoning her own daughter with the same kiss serum. With Ellaria in chains, unable to reach her daughter, Cersei promised she would "live to watch [her] daughter rot, to watch that beautiful face collapse to bone and dust." She'd be force-fed to stay alive, if necessary, so unless Cersei's cruel revenge scheme was more short lived than expected, Ellaria's probably still down there somewhere breathing in her kid's fetid corpse. And since she was allied with Daenerys at the time of her capture, she'd definitely be freed by the Mother of Dragons if Daenerys ever takes control of King's Landing. Big if, though.

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