Awesome Music: Game of Thrones

All hail Ramin Djawadi! The Khal of Khals!

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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 

     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 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.

     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").

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