Awesome Music: Game of Thrones
All hail Ramin Djawadi! The Khal of Khals!
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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!
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!"
- 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. Its name? The Unsullied.
- 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".
- 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.
- 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.