In the first episode of Game of Thrones the Stark family ends up with a pack of dire wolf cubs. It's state that there are five, one for each stark child, but then John Snow found another one? Were there five, or six, wolves?

This is made a bit confusing because you rarely see any more than one or two of the wolves at a time on screen.

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Initially they found 5 wolf pups suckling on the mother, one for each legitimate Stark child

  • Robb -> Greywind
  • Sansa -> Lady
  • Arya -> Nymeria
  • Bran -> Summer
  • Rickon -> Shaggydog

Afterwords, Jon Snow finds a 6th albino pup, allowing him, the illegitimate child of Eddard Stark, to have one of his own

  • Jon Snow -> Ghost
  • On a related note, out of the 6 wolves, now only 4 survive. Right?
    – Sayan
    Jun 12, 2013 at 6:19
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    Correct, though Nymeria was sent away and we do not know of her fate.
    – Tablemaker
    Jun 12, 2013 at 12:19
  • We don’t know Ghost’s fate either, do we?
    – unor
    Jun 13, 2013 at 17:04
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    @TylerShads: Massively late comment, but in the books it is very clearly hinted she leads a pack. Arya actually dreams of her in the same way Bran dreams of Summer. Jun 12, 2014 at 8:41
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    @AndrewMartin ah in the books yes, but not in the series so far.
    – Tablemaker
    Jun 12, 2014 at 18:25

The wolves that were found were 6 in number, 5 sucking milk and one albino pup.

Master Direwolf Sex Fur Eyes Notes
Robb Greywind Male Smoke grey Yellow Fierce and manhunter
Sansa Lady Female Smoke grey Yellow Smallest
Arya Nymeria Female Brownish grey Yellow Leader of wolf-pack
Bran Summer Male Silver grey Yellow Bonded with Bran
Rickon Shaggydog Male Black or dark Green Fierce and uncontrolled
Jon Snow Ghost Male White albino Red Bonded with Jon

Each direwolf embodies one of the children of Ned Stark, with each having the personalities and traits of their assigned masters. Jon Snow got the albino (snow like) pup as he was the bastard of Ned Stark, and not a true Stark himself. Thus, all true Starks of Winterfell come to have a direwolf of their own.

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