On last night’s episode of Game of Thrones, “The Laws of Gods and Men,” Stannis Baratheon and Davos Seaworth sailed to Braavos to ask for a loan from the city’s famed Iron Bank. The Iron Bank is a notorious entity, as we described in the article we ran yesterday, but up until now it seemed like a distant concern. Stannis’ visit seems to entangle it further in the affairs of Westeros.
Creator George R.R. Martin has taken the opportunity to shed light on the Bank’s origin in a new video from HBO.
“The Iron Bank of Braavos was founded in the early days, when Braavos was still a secret city,” says Martin. “Some of the people who were making money…joined together to form this bank to loan money to other Braavosi, initially…So, they found an abandoned iron mine with only one entrance. They put all the funds down there and sealed it off with heavy gates, iron bars, guards that were hired jointly. And so it’s been called the Iron Bank of Braavos ever since.”
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