Sky cell

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Tyrion Lannister in the Eyrie's sky cells - Art by Michael Komarck ©
Location of the sky cells in the Eyrie - Art by Ted Nasmith ©
The sky cells, left open to the cold sky - Art by Thomas Denmark. © Fantasy Flight Games

The sky cells are the Eyrie's dungeons. They are particularly infamous; they are merely shelves on the side of the mountain's sheer cliffs, left open to the cold sky. Mord is a gaoler of House Arryn in charge of the upkeep and maintenance of the sky cells.


The Arryns keep the only dungeon in the Seven Kingdoms where the prisoners are welcome to escape at will – by jumping to their deaths. Many prisoners, driven mad by the cold and howling wind, commit suicide rather than remain imprisoned.

It is cold in the sky cells with the wind screaming night and day, but the only bedding is a thin blanket. The floor slopes slightly, unnerving prisoners. A cell is miserably small; five feet away, where a wall would be in a proper dungeon, the floor ends and sky begins. Six hundred feet below is the waycastle Sky.[1]

The sky cells array like a stone honeycomb beneath the Eyrie. A prisoner in the cell poking out his head can see other cells on all directions.[1][2]


Lady Jeyne Arryn's cousin, Ser Arnold, twice rose against her. After his second rebellion failed, he was imprisoned in her sky cells, and was driven mad.[3][4]

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A Game of Thrones

Tyrion Lannister is imprisoned in the sky cells by Lysa Arryn.[1] During the first day he cautiously looks around, seeing the waycastle Sky below and other cells to his right and left and above him. Tyrion is afraid he will slide to his death if he rolls over in his sleep.

A previous tenant has written, in what looks suspiciously like blood,

Gods save me, the blue is calling.

To escape the sky cell Tyrion demands trial by combat. Bronn volunteers to champion him in the trial and kills Ser Vardis Egen, saving Tyrion's life and securing Tyrion's freedom.[5] Both men leave the Eyrie on the dangerous high road.[6]

A Feast for Crows

After he has been arrested Marillion is tortured into falsely confessing that he killed Lysa Arryn. Petyr Baelish has Marillion repeat his confession that he killed Lysa in front of Nestor Royce and then confines him to the sky cells. [7] During his imprisonment he sings the song "Fallen Leaves".[7] Petyr later claims that Marillion has died.[8]


He was a bee in a stone honeycomb, and someone had torn off his wings.

Tyrion Lannister contemplating his imprisonment in the sky cells

See also

References and Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 38, Tyrion V.
  2. George R. R. Martin on the sky cell, October 2010.
  3. Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - A Son for a Son.
  4. Fire & Blood, The Lysene Spring and the End of Regency.
  5. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 40, Catelyn VII.
  6. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 42, Tyrion VI.
  7. 7.0 7.1 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 10, Sansa I.
  8. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 23, Alayne I.