Arya’s wolf, Nymeria, in particular, will play an important role, according to a GRRM interview with Mashable.
“You know, I don’t like to give things away.” says Martin, a grin spreading across his face. “But you don’t hang a giant wolf pack on the wall unless you intend to use it.”
Arya will use them. She may use this giant pack of hot blooded ferocious wolves against…
As well as wights etc. too, but ice spiders are special because:
All Bran could think of was Old Nan’s story of the Others and the last hero, hounded through the white woods by dead men and spiders big as hounds.
-A Game of Thrones – Bran IV
They are the Other equivalent of our hounds. Everything Others have, men have. It all balances out, some things have the proportions flipped but on balance they are all the same. We have fire dragons, they have ice dragons, we have fire swords, they have ice swords. They have ice spiders as big as hounds and we have hounds as big as hounds.
Seven Hells… we even have The Hound and The Spider.
But these ice spiders may turn out to look look like armored spidercrabs,.. that also climb Walls.
They are hyyyyyyuuuuuuuge.
Here are the proportions of real Japanese Spider Crabs to humans. What GRRM can dream up can be much worse.
Brace yourself. Crabcakes are coming.
But in all seriousness, I do imagine it to be a very very sad and touching battle. Nymeria may not make it through the end. Every time I get to the part of Lady dying, I always complain about my allergies.
So. Many. Allergies.
The Nymeria of the Rhoyne burned her 10,000 ships because Westeros is home. Nymeria may similarly “burn” her pack of “10,000” wolves, sacrificing their lives because Westeros is their home. Westeros is the home of people and beings with heat running through their veins and sunshine on their faces. It will not be the home of the ice spiders. Not while Nymeria, with Arya guiding her, have any say in the matter.
But she won’t die before fulfilling one specific thing from GRRM’s original outline. The love affair between Arya and Jon. Consummated via Nymeria and Ghost.
Brace yourself. Stark direwolf puppies are coming.
The puppies that will howl the song of ice and fire. They are The Puppies That Were Promised. As well as the wolfcest that was promised.
I think the ice spiders and Nymerias pack will be the hellhounds fighting that Symeon Star-Eyes saw.
“The direwolves will outlast us all, but their time will come as well. In the world that men have made, there is no room for them, or us.” Leaf tells Bran.
The last book, currently titled A Dream of Spring was supposed to be called A Time for Wolves. This wolf battle with the Ice Spiders may have been the time he meant. This being GRRM, it means it was the time for them to die. **shakes fist in air**
And while you are still braced from four sentences ago… look at what Jon said when he found Ghost in the very beginning of A Game of Thrones in Bran I. Red colored capitalization is added for emphasis.
“There,” Jon said. He swung his horse around and galloped back across the bridge. They watched him dismount where the direwolf lay dead in the snow, watched him kneel. A moment later he was riding back to them, smiling.“He must have crawled away from the Others,” Jon said.