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Mr. Gold: This is her father's shop.
Moe French: You again. Out! This is a private establishment. You're not welcome!
Mr. Gold and Moe French src

Game of Thorns is a Storybrooke location featured on ABC's Once Upon a Time. It first appears in the fourth episode of the second season.


During First Curse
In Storybrooke, Moe French owns a flower delivery business called Game of Thorns. On the day prior Valentine's Day, he is making deliveries when Mr. Gold stops him on the street to settle the late rent he owes. Moe asks for more time to pay him back, and begs him not to take the truck away before the busiest business day of the year, Valentine's Day, but Mr. Gold refuses to relent. One of Mr. Gold's hired men assumes control of the vehicle and prepares to drive away, though Moe purposely blocks him by standing on the road. He is forced to avoid getting hit when the truck is driven nearly straight into him. ("Skin Deep")

After First Curse
Belle finally reunites with her father after she is mysteriously kidnapped by William Smee, who Moe hires to bring her to him. However, he is unhappy Belle is in a relationship with Mr. Gold, and sends her off to an underground mining car so she will inevitably cross the Storybrooke town border and lose her Enchanted Forest memories. Mr. Gold enlists the help of temporary sheriff David to find the missing Belle, and Ruby is able to track her scent to Moe's shop. They confront him, and he fesses up to his crime. After rushing off to the mines, Mr. Gold saves Belle, while she is stuck in an out of control mine cart, by magically puling her to safety. ("The Crocodile")

During Second Curse
A new curse is cast, which returns all Enchanted Forest inhabitants to the Land Without Magic. After Hook gives Emma a potion to bring back her memories, she drives from New York to Storybrooke along with her son Henry, who has no recollection of his former life. Emma joins David, Mary Margaret and Regina in the search of a way to defeat a powerful witch, who plans to kidnap her parents' unborn child. Sick of his mother's evasive and mysterious behavior, Henry decides to leave Storybrooke on his own. Near the Game of Thorns shop, Henry swipes the key to Emma's car, but before he can go inside, Hook stops him. ("A Curious Thing")

After Third Curse
One day, Moe is working at the shop when Mr. Gold stops by, revealing that Belle has fallen under a sleeping curse and can only be awoken with true love's kiss. Moe realizes that Mr. Gold's kiss did not work, but refuses to wake up Belle until Mr. Gold is gone for good. Having been afraid Moe would say that, Mr. Gold reveals the cane that he brought with him, prepared to beat Moe into complying with his demands; however, Emma arrives in time to stop this from happening. She orders for Moe to leave, which he does, and she reveals to Mr. Gold that Hades has followed them all back from the Underworld. To Emma's dismay, Mr. Gold refuses to assist her, blaming her for getting them into this mess. ("Last Rites")


Production Notes

  • The establishing shot of Game of Thorns in "Last Rites" is stock footage from the shooting of "The Crocodile", but with a slightly lighter color hue. This can easily be seen from all the plants and flowers surrounding the shop, which are completely identical to the ones seen in "The Crocodile".[2]


Popular Culture

Set Dressing

  • Inside the shop, there is a poster that says "Parents bowling for kids to fight child abuse" ... "At the Downtown Bowling Hall".[6] A similar poster ("...preventing abuse and neglect before it starts" – "Downtown Bowling Hall") is pinned to a board outside the Storybrooke Town Hall in "Desperate Souls".[7] ("Last Rites")

Filming Locations



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  4. 4.0 4.1 Dove, Steve (October 25, 2012). Storybrooke Secrets: The Crocodile. ABC. Archived from the original on September 30, 2013. “And this is a double reference. Moe French (Sir Maurice), Belle's father, owns a flower shop called Game of Thorns. The first nod is to the acclaimed George R. R. Martin novel A Game of Thrones and the second is to the rose featured in the Beauty and the Beast story.”
  5. Jane Espenson's Season One Blu-ray/DVD Audio Commentary for "Skin Deep"
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  9. Once Upon a Time: Game of Thorns filming. Vancity Filming (August 29, 2012). Archived from the original on April 15, 2016.
    Gittins, Susan (August 28, 2012). SHOOT: ONCE UPON A TIME Films in Prickly Pear Garden Centre in Steveston for 2×04 – Updated. Hollywood North. “Yesterday's Once Upon a Time filming was all interior shots at the Prickly Pear Garden Centre (you should check them out). Mr. Gold/Rumplestiltskin, David Nolan/Prince Charming, Red Riding Hood/Ruby, Belle her father and the mysterious new character were all on set. Unfortunately, I didn’t get any shots of Mr. Gold, Charming or Ruby as I was in Vancouver, but when I got to Steveston later in the day, I did manage to see Belle, her father, Moe (played by Eric Keenleyside) and (who I’m calling) Smee. During one take that we heard, Belle was shouting "no Father!" – All I know is that it was Belle, her father and Smee in the Game of Thorns store. I wonder what that could be in relation to?”

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    • I don't really see the point in it, either. As many pointed out, the Storybrooke Town Hall or the sheriff station may have official nam...
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