Awesome Music / Game of Thrones

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     Season 1 
  • The opening for Game of Thrones. Awesome music plus Clock Punk Scenery Porn equals win.
  • Goodbye, brother.
  • "Such a small pack of wolves."
  • Pretty much every piece from the Season 1 denouement, Catelyn's ultimatum, Robb's crowning, Daenerys smothering her comatose husband, Jon's honour, The Night's Watch heading out in force to the Land of Forever Winter and the burning of Mirri Maz Dur on Drogo's funeral pyre.
  • The Finale of Season 1 (carrying into the end credits), featuring Dany and the return of dragons to the world. The strains of the opening theme for the show at different points just makes it more awesome.

     Season 2 

     Season 3 
  • "Reek, Reek... It rhymes with weak..." A chaotic, frantic dark reprise of the Greyjoy leitmotif, it signifies Theon's desperate attempts to cling to his former persona despite his horrific torture. Halfway through the song, the Greyjoy leitmotif completely breaks to give way to a nightmarish, eerie riff that signifies Reek's broken state.
  • The Hold Steady's version of "The Bear and the Maiden Fair" had polarizing views. Not so with Ms. Reynolds version!
  • Daenerys: "Dovaogēdys! Āeksia ossēnātās, menti ossēnātās, qilōni pilos lue vale tolvie ossēnātās, yn riñe dōre ōdrikātās. Urnet luo buzdaro tolvio belma pryjātās!"
    Kraznyz: "Nyk skan jiva aeske! Zer sena! Zer sena!"
    Daenerys: "...Dracarys."
  • The piece that plays during the end of "And Now His Watch is Ended", just after Daenerys sacks Astapor is an excellent Dark Reprise of the piece that plays when the dragons are born. This shit just got real indeed.
  • This haunting un-aired piece of amazing music, the track 'Dark Wings, Dark Words.' Chills, man, chills...
  • The gorgeous tentative ballad, "It's Always Summer Under the Sea", sung by Kerry Ingram's Shireen Baratheon.
  • Littlefinger's Breaking Speech music. "Chaos is a Ladder." Made infinitely more awesome when you realise that it's a Dark Reprise of Joffrey's "The Throne Is Mine", the Dark Reprise of "Robert Baratheon's theme". Which means that Littlefinger just somehow made a villain song even more villainous!
  • "Jamie... My name is Jamie..."
  • A small but heart-rending piece that plays as Robb and Catelyn arrive back at the Twins.
  • The instrumental version of "The Rains of Castamere" - iconic enough that it became Season 3's semi-official theme song (as in it plays on the Menu for the Blu-ray release). The version that's played during Jaime's rescue of Brienne is called "A Lannister Always Pays His Debts". Who'd think a song about the Lannisters butchering an entire family could actually be made to sound so oddly heroic?

     Season 4 
  • Ramin Djawadi's score returns in force for the season's first episode, "Two Swords". In the opening the audience is treated to a melancholic rendition of the Stark leitmotif that gradually shifts into a strong orchestral variation of "The Rains of Castamere" as House Stark's ancestral greatsword 'Ice' is melted down and reforged into two Lannister swords by Tywin, which then neatly transitions into the series' Main Theme and the opening title sequence.
  • At the end of the episode, as Arya and the Hound emerge victorious from a brutal tavern fight with Lannister loot and are travelling across a war-ravaged Riverlands towards the Vale, a remixed variation of the Main Theme plays well into the end credits, which shortly transitions into a Triumphant Reprise string variant of Jaqen H'ghar's theme "Valar Morghulis".
  • From the credits of "The Lion and the Rose", Sigur Rós' eerie cover of The Rains of Castamere. In comparison to the proud, victorious cover by The National, this version would be more apt for a funeral—perfectly symbolizing the Lannisters' new fate. Rome may not have fallen in a day, but the Lannisters did in a wedding. Even more awesome? The beginning sounds chillingly like wolves howling.
  • Daenerys' conquest of Meereen. With special mention to the second half of the song, which plays over the slave masters being crucified.
  • The instrumental rendition of Rains of Castamere that plays during the credits of "The Laws of Gods and Men" after Tyrion's epic "The Reason You Suck" Speech and demand for a trial by combat, in an upbeat tone suggesting that Tyrion hasn't been defeated yet and still has hope; doubly awesome because it plays after Tyrion finally outright defies his father, symbolically claiming the leitmotif as his own.
  • In "Mockingbird":
    • "Winterfell theme" makes a heartwarming return when Sansa plays in the snow.
    • "Chaos is a Ladder", more chilling than ever, shines during the final credits right after Littlefinger makes Lysa fly.
    • In "The Mountain and The Viper", the "Winterfell Theme" and "Chaos is a Ladder" are mixed to create the truly chilling "Take Charge of Your Life" to portray Sansa willingly becoming Littlefinger's Dragon.
  • "The Biggest Fire The North Has Ever Seen". Starts out slow and menacing, and builds slowly but steadily to a pounding climax, as Jon sees Mance's fire and the signal for his army to attack the Wall.
  • In "The Watchers on the Wall", "Let's kill some crows" is menacing.
  • "Breaker of Chains". Such feels. Poor Rhaegal and Viserion. Given the scene in which it plays (Daenerys chaining her dragons), the title of the song is highly ironic.
  • "The Children", the track for the final scene of the season finale which plays when Arya leaves Westeros on a small ship heading for the free city of Braavos.
  • "You Are No Son of Mine", the Dark Reprise of "The Rains of Castamere" that plays over Tyrion's murder of Tywin.

     Season 5 
  • While things in Meereen yet again take a turn for the worse, the return of Drogon marks a glimmer of hope for Daenerys. And if the music playing over their reunion didn't tug at your heartstrings enough, the credits top this with the most triumphant rendition of Daenerys' theme we've heard yet. It gets played again over the credits of episode 9.
  • "Kill the Boy" can be heard when Jon channels Ned and Robb Stark and gives Janos Slynt a clean death by beheading.
  • The theme of the Faith Militant, which also plays over the end credits of the episode 'Sons of the Harpy'. It perfectly highlights what a peaceful and tolerant religious order they are...
  • Episode 6 introduces a new, haunting theme of the Faceless Men when Arya wanders around the Hall of Faces for the first time.
  • The sound design for episode 8, "Hardhome", deserves a mention. From the ticking clock sounds as the mists set to the incredibly tense music during the fight, and the way the sound cuts out at times during the scene with the child wights, the episode is a marvel for the sound department.
  • "Dance of Dragons" kicks in when Drogon arrives in Daznak's Pit to save Daenerys, kills the Sons of the Harpy and then takes off with her on his back. Bonus points for including two of the best House Targaryen themes ("Dracarys" and "Breaker of Chains").
  • The rendition of "The Rains of Castamere" played in Episode 10 as Cersei climbs the steps of the Red Keep after her walk of shame. After spending the entire walk only able to push onward with the thought of her home and her son, the song shows at its end that a Lannister's pride is not an easy thing to break.
  • Bronn's rendition of "The Dornishman's Wife".

     Season 6 
  • Melisandre's theme music, "The Red Woman", which plays at the end of the premiere episode, is a slightly different remix which highlights the shocking reveal of her true form. It manages to capture her loss of faith and yet its upbeat tone in the credits shows that this is not the end for her.
  • "Lord of Light", the credits music that plays at the end of Episode 2, shortly after the return of a certain heroic bastard from death. It's a call back to the music that plays during the resurrection of Beric Dondarion in season 3.
  • "The Tower", the music that plays at the Tower of Joy flashback where Ned found his dying sister, Lyanna, and was given her baby which he was promised to protect him. It's even more amazing while this piece is playing the Stark theme, we get a close-up on the baby's face and then, it cuts to the close-up of Jon Snow, which confirms the "R+L=J" theory.
  • "Coronation", the rendition of "What is Dead may never Die" that plays during Euron's Awesome Moment of Crowning.
  • At the end of episode 4, Daenerys gets brand-new renditions of her kickass "Dracarys" and "Finale" themes. The latter can be found on the official soundtrack and is aptly titled "Khaleesi".
  • "Service of the Gods", which includes the House Baratheon theme. It plays as Tommen announces the holy alliance between the crown and the faith to restore glory to the Seven Kingdoms and shows how he has been purged of his Lannister roots, and that House Baratheon is reborn with him. It also effectively signifies the High Sparrow triumph against the Lannister-Tyrell alliance.
  • "Blood of My Blood", aka the glorious new version of "Breaker of Chains" that plays as Daenerys rallies the Dothraki in episode 6.
  • The conclusion of the siege of Riverrun gives us a triumphant rendition of "The Rains of Castamere", played along with the formidable display of Lannister army marching through the fallen castle.
  • The Battle of the Bastards is the most epic moment of the season, and it naturally has a soundtrack to match.
  • Meanwhile in Essos, Daenerys declares the beginning of her Reign and, with the combined firepower of her three dragons, makes short work of the Masters' armada.
  • Trust Each Other, an epic, triumphant composition played when the Knights of the Vale ride in. Sansa is shown with a rendition of the Stark theme played in the fluted style of the Eyrie's music.
  • "Light of the Seven", a gorgeous and haunting funeral dirge that plays over the lead-up to Cersei's destruction of Baelor's Sept with wildfire. Notably, it starts with and emphasizes the piano, an unusual choice for a song in the series, thus making the viewer unnerved, sensing immediately that something's off.
  • "Hear Me Roar" combines both "The Rains of Castamere" and "Light of the Seven" to perfectly illustrate that the new ruler has come to rule Westeros: Cersei of House Lannister, the First of Her Name.
  • "Winter Has Come", the song that combines elements of both the main theme and "King in the North", playing during Jon Snow's Awesome Moment of Crowning.
  • "The Winds of Winter", the song that plays as Daenerys and her massive fleet set sail for Westeros. It combines the obligatory Game of Thrones main theme with the themes of House Targaryen and House Greyjoy.

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