It’s fair to say that a TV series as huge as Game of Thrones has a big influence on popular culture – sometimes to a fault.
Because while some fans are satisfied with buying a Jon Snow T-shirt or a Lannister mug, others have taken things a little further and got their hands on their very own direwolf – or at least a husky that looks like one.
But unfortunately, it seems that once the novelty wears off some have started deserting their new pets – and now, Game of Thrones star (and lifelong vegetarian and animal lover) Peter Dinklage has spoken out against the practice.
“We understand that due to the direwolves’ huge popularity, many folks are going out and buying huskies,” Dinklage said in a statement released by PETA.
“Not only does this hurt all the deserving homeless dogs waiting for a chance at a good home in shelters, but shelters are also reporting that many of these huskies are being abandoned – as often happens when dogs are bought on impulse, without understanding their needs.
“Please, please, if you’re going to bring a dog into your family, make sure that you’re prepared for such a tremendous responsibility and remember to always, always, adopt from a shelter,” he said.
Hopefully, just like the North, the fans will remember his words.
Game of Thrones Season 7 premieres on Mondays on Sky Atlantic and NOW TV at 2am, repeated at 9pm