SPOILER ALERT! IF YOU HAVE NOT COMPLETED WATCHING THROUGH SEASON 2 OF GAME OF THRONES THERE ARE SPOILERS AHEAD!
If you’re one of the millions of Americans who watches HBO’s Game of Thrones, you probably know that the hit series returns for its fourth season this Sunday, April 6. You likely know that this season will cover the latter half of A Storm of Swords, the third installment of George R. R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire novels. You might know even know that at this exact moment there are precisely two days, zero hours, 43 minutes, and 11 seconds until showtime. But despite your epic fandom, there is one thing we here at FLS bet you don’t know about Game of Thrones (or you at least haven’t thought about yet): The show actually features many scenes involving storage! (Being the storage enthusiasts we are, we tend to notice these things.) And while self storage might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of GoT, it actually plays a fairly important role in Westeros and Essos. Even Khaleesis and Lords of Winterfell can use a little extra space!
In honor of this weekend’s premiere, here are five Game of Thrones scenes featuring self storage:
1. The Crypts of Winterfell
We get our first glimpse of storage during the very first episode of Game of Thrones, and like many things in the series, it’s a little macabre. The crypts of Winterfell provide storage for the Stark family’s dead. Located deep underground, the cavernous passageways store the bones of all the former Kings in the North and ruling lords of Winterfell past. Eddard’s beloved sister and King Robert’s once betrothed Lyanna Stark is also entombed there. Upon his arrival at Winterfell, Robert immediately insists on paying his respects to the lady he loved and lost. While modern self storage facilities can’t serve as a final resting place for loved ones (for obvious reasons), they are a great place to keep family heirlooms and mementos.
2. Dragon Skull Storage
The Targaryens used dragons to conquer the Seven Kingdoms and ruled with them for centuries. Even after the dragons died out, their enormous skulls were used to decorate the throne room as a symbol of Targaryen power. When Robert Baratheon won his rebellion against the crown and replaced King Aerys II, the dragon skulls were removed and stored deep in the chambers of the Red Keep. While chasing after a cat during the first season, Arya happens upon the skulls. She hides in one while secretly listening to Varys and Illyrio’s political plotting. You would definitely need an extra-large storage unit to handle these gigantic relics.
3. Wildfire Storage
As we learned during the Battle of the Blackwater in season two, wildfire is a very dangerous, highly flammable and explosive substance. It’s noted that even brief exposure to sun can cause the volatile liquid to catch fire. As such, it requires very careful storage. When Tyrion decides to use wildfire to protect King’s Landing from Stannis’ army, he goes to visit the Alchemists Guild and see its production. The pyromancers lead him to a series of dark and bare stone cells where the wildfire is stored securely under lock and key – a good reminder that you can never be too careful with your possessions.
4. Xaro Xhoan Daxos’ Storage Vault
During the second season, Daenerys seeks refuge from the Red Waste desert in the great trading city of Qarth. She is hosted by the tremendously wealthy merchant prince Xaro Xhoan Daxos. While staying in Xaro’s palacial home, Dany’s dragons are stolen and many of her Dothraki followers are ambushed and slain. After rescuing her dragons from the warlocks and the House of the Undying, Dany and her remaining men return to Xaro’s, where they find him in bed with her maid Doreah. It is clear that two were behind the attack and betrayed her to the warlock Pyat Pree. As punishment for their treachery, Dany locks Xaro and Dorthea in his large storage vault to die. Too bad for them they weren’t in a modern storage unit that can be opened from the inside. Although it serves them right for messing with the Mother of Dragons!
5. Storage at the Wall
The Wall is a massive fortification over 700 feet tall and 300 miles long, made entirely out of ice. For thousands of years the Sworn Brothers of the Night’s Watch have defended the wall, keeping the Seven Kingdoms safe from the peoples and creatures of the wild lands beyond. While living in the frigid North in a frozen solid fort seems far from comfortable, it does have its advantages when it comes to storage. The ice provides for good-long term food storage. The Night’s Watch stores a huge supply of provisions in the ice underneath the fortress. But that’s not the only thing we’ve seen stored at the Wall. After Jon kills the White Walker that attacks the Lord Commander, the White’s body is put in an ice cell to preserve it for further research. Talk about some powerful climate controlled storage!