In the newly released Game of Thrones Season 8 Teaser Trailer, viewers are teased seeing three Starks (Jon, Sansa, and Arya) venture through the crypts of Winterfell. At one point (8 seconds in) Jon passes the statue of his alleged mother Lyanna Stark, next to her however is a statue of a direwolf!

Perhaps this was just added to enhance the "Stark" theme to the teaser to either make viewers remember there are dire wolves left, that this is the sigil of House Stark so of course there would be direwolf statues to motif this throughout Winterfell, and/or to tease us that the Starks and The Night King are more directly interrelated, as direwolves haven't been seen this far south in a very long time, marking the return of The White Walkers marching south and whose arrival is often cited as an omen (not to mention theories).

However, is it possible that this is a specific direwolf affiliated with the house sometime before? If so, then who?

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    Its a teaser, so anything at this point would be speculation. But you do bring up some good points.
    – user25738
    Jan 16, 2019 at 21:07

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Because all of the tombs in the crypts are accompanied by statues of the Stark in them and a Direwolf with them as it is on their House banner. You can even see this in the very first episode, "Winter is Coming", as Ned and Robert walk through the crypts.

Crypts of Winterfell showing Direwolf statues next to the Stark kings

We also see what appears to be a Direwolf statue later on in Season 5 when Sansa and Petyr are walking through the crypts.

Sansa and Petyr walk through the crypts

For some reason I can't save an image of the scene above showing the direwolf with high enough quality. However, if you watch the scene you should be able to see what could be one at ~2:46 and what is almost certainly one at ~2:50.

In fact this even has precedent in the books although there the Direwolves are curled around the statues feet.

He led the way between the pillars and Robert followed wordlessly, shivering in the subterranean chill. It was always cold down here. Their footsteps rang off the stones and echoed in the vault overhead as they walked among the dead of House Stark. The Lords of Winterfell watched them pass. Their likenesses were carved into the stones that sealed the tombs. In long rows they sat, blind eyes staring out into eternal darkness, while great stone direwolves curled round their feet. The shifting shadows made the stone figures seem to stir as the living passed by.

A Game of Thrones, Eddard I


All statues are accompanied by direwolves:

While all family members can have tombs in the crypts, statues are traditionally only made for Kings in the North and Lords of Winterfell. The likenesses of these high lords are carved into the stone, some shaggy, some clean shaven. Large stone direwolves curl at their feet.

  • Awesome. Thanks! Although I'm not sure if this is true on the TV series?? Jan 16, 2019 at 17:06
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    @DarthLocke It's just a teaser, so anything is possible, but I doubt that. In the tv show, statues of Jon, Arya, and Sansa most likely don't even exist, given that they're not dead (yet?). And when we see Ned and Cat's statues, they're kinda shot up close and so if there were direwolf statues next to them or "curl[ed] at their feet", they may just not have been visible in those shots.
    – Jun Kang
    Jan 16, 2019 at 22:15
  • @JunKang Ya, absolutely true and I get that, but it still may be "reflective" of a possible future image/future events. Also Ned's, which looks identical to how it looked in the show, doesn't have a direwolf either. It's not a big deal just thought I would ask in case there is something I missed. :) Jan 16, 2019 at 23:28
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    @DarthLocke Her nicknames are also direwolf-related: "The She-Wolf", "The Wolf Maid", "Wolf girl" -- see awoiaf.westeros.org/index.php/Lyanna_Stark -- and there's this from the first book: "It has a name, does it?" Her father sighed. "Ah, Arya. You have a wildness in you, child. 'The wolf blood,' my father used to call it. Lyanna had a touch of it, and my brother Brandon more than a touch. It brought them both to an early grave."
    – BCdotWEB
    Jan 17, 2019 at 9:10
  • @BCdotWEB FWIW see my answer for evidence that other Stark statues have direwolves too. Jan 17, 2019 at 10:15

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