If there is one thing the epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire — and, by direct extension, HBO's Game of Thrones — is known for even among the most casual fans, it's George R. R. Martin's maddening penchant for eliminating even the most innocent and beloved of characters without a moment's notice.

By far one of the most innocent and beloved characters to be written off just because was Sansa Stark's direwolf, Lady.

Luckily, even GRRM's cruel, cruel pen can't ruin the happy ending that awaited the real-life Northern Inuit Dog who played Lady on TV.

From the Coventry Telegraph interview with Sansa Stark actress Sophie Turner:

In between her hectic filming schedule, Sophie likes nothing more than to relax at home with her family and pet dog Zunni, who the family adopted from the series. She adds: “Growing up I always wanted a dog, but my parents never wanted one. We kind of fell in love with my character’s dire wolf, Lady, on set.

‘We knew Lady died and they wanted to re home her. My mum persuaded them to let us adopt her.'

As you may recall, Lady was summarily executed because crybaby King Joffrey got himself bit by Arya's direwolf Nymeria.

But according to Turner, Joffrey actor Jack Gleeson would never hurt a direwolf.

"[Gleeson] is one of the most lovely, intelligent and funny people on set," she told the paper. "[H]e’s just so nice, unlike his character."

[H/T: Uproxx, photo via Coventry Telegraph]