Awesome Music: Game of Thrones
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- 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.
- How do you end the first episode of Season 2? With this.
- "Warrior of Light", the theme of Stannis and Melisandre. In a creepy, ominous way.
- Theon's sea water baptism to the Drowned god.
- "A man's theme is awesome."
- "Pay the Iron Price." Should you ever hear this music start playing, you can be certain that whatever character is the focus of the scene at the time has just made the absolute worst mistake of his life.
- The beautiful love theme "I am Hers, She is Mine"
- "They want to play music? Alright, let's play. Drums."
- Stannis is coming, don't die with a clean sword!
- "Stand and fight! Stand and fight, damn you! NOOOOOOOO!!!"
- The Lannisters' anthem, The Rains of Castamere, by the National. It's heard throughout the second season from Tyrion whistling it to Lannister soldiers singing it in bars 'til it's finally heard in all its glory in the closing credits of Blackwater.
- Awesomeness and tearjerking alike can be found in House of the Undying.
- Mother of Dragons. Slayer of Lies.
- "Three Blasts", as the White Walkers march on the Wall. Well, goodbye to sleeping anytime soon.
- "Reek, Reek... It rhymes with weak..."
- The Hold Steady's version of "The Bear and the Maiden Fair" had polarizing views. Not so with Ms. Reynolds version! Then there's the episode's own in-universe rendition with Snow Patrol's lead vocalist Gary Lightbody leading the Bolton contingent in belting out the ribald song!
Daenerys: "Dovaogēdys! Āeksia ossēnātās, menti ossēnātās, qilōni pilos lue vale tolvie ossēnātās, yn riņe 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?
- "The Lannisters send their regards". The notes punctuating this event event made for the true, terrible power of the Red Wedding.
- Mhysa. A powerful, epic reprise of Daenerys's theme, complete with Ominous Valyrian Chanting.
- 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 Ros' 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.
- 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.
- HBO is great at finding true alternative pop music gems for the season trailers:
- Seven Devils by Florence + the Machine for Season Two's debut trailer.
- Season Three's fantastic debut trailer music, the anthem Bones by MS MR.
- Season Four continues the tradition with Feral Love by Chelsea Wolfe.
- The Season Five trailer has a reworked low-key cover of David Bowie's "Heroes". "I will be King. You will be Queen. We can be Heroes, just for one day." The second trailer has Rather Death Than Slavery from Assassin's Creed: Unity.
- A little known TV spot for Season Five used the epic Dark Doo Wop by a familiar artist to scoring Thrones' trailers, MS MR. The world's gonna burn in dragon-fire.
- The obligatory metal cover of the opening theme. Of course it's awesome.
- And this all-violin cover. Holy SHIT.
- It was only a matter of time 'til someone mashed these versions together, and it is amazing.
- You've seen the violin and metal cover, now watch Break of Reality's cello ensemble cover.
- Having heard the above mentioned, check out Karliene Reynold's version with self-composed lyrics.
- The metal version of the Lannisters' anthem. Karliene also has a version of the Lannister song, an almost terribly sad rendition. As if being sung by Reyne or Stark survivors...
- In fact, why not all of Karliene's excellent work with the ballads in Martin's universe:
- "Where My Boats At" and its remix in all their Daenerys Targaryen Season Two rage.
- 'The Dragon's Daughter' tribute remix by Melodysheep.
- 'Sansa's Hymn' by Letomi. A very haunting cover.
- HBO commissioned a hip-hop mixtape for the Season 4 premiere featuring the likes of Wale, Common, and Big Boi, and it is glorious!
- The Halfman's Song by Miracle Of Sound has an excellent medieval-y sound that could be a ballad straight from the books. And now we have the haunting When Winter Comes.