A Major Moment Took Place in the Crypts Beneath Winterfell. Here’s the Real History Behind the Key Game of Thrones Location

By Lily Rothman

Warning: This post contains spoilers for the Game of Thrones season 8 premiere.

When Jon Snow finally learned the truth about his own past, in the season premiere of the final season of Game of Thrones, it wasn’t the first time the crypts beneath Winterfell played backdrop to a significant moment for the show.

From King Robert Baratheon’s visit to the statue of Lyanna Stark in the first season to the reunion between Arya and Sansa Stark in the most recent — not to mention the action in one of the Season 8 teasers, and in the opening credits for the season’s first episode — the Starks and those around them have turned repeatedly to the underground structure for privacy, prayerfulness or safety. And the crypt is more than just a place to go. Its lower level is a place of great mystery (and fan theories), and it holds powerful meaning for the Starks. The young Jon Snow was haunted by the idea that — as a Snow — he doesn’t belong there; in the book A Storm of Swords, he tells Sam Tarly that his dreams are of the crypts but he knows …read more