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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 '13 at 6:19
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    Correct, though Nymeria was sent away and we do not know of her fate. – Tablemaker Jun 12 '13 at 12:19
  • We don’t know Ghost’s fate either, do we? – unor Jun 13 '13 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. – Andrew Martin Jun 12 '14 at 8:41
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    @AndrewMartin ah in the books yes, but not in the series so far. – Tablemaker Jun 12 '14 at 18:25
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The wolves that were found were 6 in number, 5 sucking milk and one albino pup.

Master   Dire wolf  Sex     Fur             Eyes     Notes
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Robb     Greywind   Male    Smoke Grey      Yellow   Fierce and Man-hunter
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 dire wolf of their own.

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