As if the night wasn’t already dark and filled with enough terrors, now George R.R. Martin has gone and revealed a look at those horrifying giant ice spiders Old Nan was yammering about to little Bran back in “Game of Thrones” Season 1. And, uh, she definitely undersold them.
“Here’s an official sneak peak of John Howe’s cover art of our 2020 SoI&F calendar featuring the legendary ice spiders which haunt old Nan’s creepiest bedtime stories,” the “A Song of Ice and Fire” author tweeted Thursday, alongside a photo of — you guessed it — those ginormous, eight-legged beasts.
In case you are having a hard time remembering these guys (because you haven’t actually seen them on the HBO series) allow us to remind you of the chilling tale Nan regaled a newly-crippled Bran with when he was bedridden in Season 1 with this excerpt: “They swept through cities and kingdoms, riding their dead horses, hunting with their packs of pale spiders big as hounds …”
These guys haven’t appeared since The Long Night (which, according to Martin, is possibly the title of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” prequel pilot), a dark period in history when the White Walkers last descended on Westeros.
And since the Night King’s army is making its way into town as we speak, well, maybe we’ll finally see these guys on screen when “GoT” returns with it’s eighth and final season in April.
Behold the giant ice spiders in the photo from the 2020 “A Song of Ice and Fire” calendar below.
The eighth and final season of “Game of Thrones” premieres in April 2019 on HBO.
Here's an official sneak peak of John Howe's cover art of our 2020 SoI&F calendar featuring the legendary ice spiders which haunt old Nan's creepiest bedtime stories. pic.twitter.com/5Tm0FbPFpC
— George RR Martin (@GRRMspeaking) December 13, 2018