Now that the HBO hit has come to an end for at least another year, fans are already wildly speculating about what might be in store in Game of Thrones season 8, its final season. It turns out that the show might have already revealed what will transpire, though, courtesy of a story from a character all the way back in the third episode of its first season.
The character in question is none other than Hodor’s great-grandmother, called Old Nan, who used to tell the Stark children a variety of stories about life beyond The Wall. Audiences were privy to one of these stories in Lord Snow, and if it turns out to be true, Game of Thrones season 8 promises to be terrifying.
The most ominous line from Old Nan to Bran saw her describe the first emergence of the White Walkers during one of the most brutal winters in history, as she remarked, “In that darkness the White Walkers came for the first time. They swept through cities and kingdoms, riding their dead horses, hunting with their packs of pale spiders, big as hounds.”
If giant spiders don’t terrify you, then the fact Old Nan prefixed this story by detailing how the winter had been so brutal that not only did children die without ever seeing the sun, but also that, “Kings froze to death in their castles same as the shepherds in their huts. And women smothered their babies rather than see them starve, and wept and felt the tears freeze on their cheeks.”
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So, basically, in Game of Thrones season 8, we can expect to see huge spiders, kings and shepherds dying in hideous circumstances, mothers killing their offspring and people just being really, really cold. You can watch Old Nan telling her story to an understandably terrified Bran below:
We’ll get to see if any of the above actually comes true when Game Of Thrones season 8 finally arrives in either early 2019, or, hopefully, the fall of 2018.