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Six Songs That Should Play Over Future "Game of Thrones" End Credits: *Spoilers* Through A Dance with Dragons*

By Cindy Davis | Seriously Random Lists | May 15, 2013 | Comments ()


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Ramin Djawadi’s “Game of Thrones” theme is both beloved and beautiful, and the series usually takes care not to distract from production and character with overdone music (one recent exception being that awful, sappy crap at the end of “The Climb”). But I can’t help myself—every now and again I want to Luhrmann up the end credits, especially when I think about certain events to come. So, without futher ado, no wait…


*****Read me carefully, there will be MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD. If you have not read all the way through A Dance with Dragons, STOP HERE. Seriously, you don’t want to ruin what may end up being some of the show’s best episodes.


…and now without further ado and only one more SPOILER warning, I dream-soundrack the end of several episodes, assuming particular events happen as they do in the books. And you can discuss anything through A Dance with Dragons in the comments, but please do not address The Winds of Winter, as most people have not read the advance chapters. SPOILERS AHEAD:


1. The Weeping Song, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

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The Weeping Song by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds on Grooveshark

At the close of “Rains of Castamere,” which will presumably be the Red Wedding episode. (The National’s version of Rains was already used for “Blackwater.”) Who better than NIck Cave and Blixa Bargeld to harmonize as the tears roll down all the non-readers’ faces? Everybody hurts…

2. Stigmata, Ministry

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Stigmata by Ministry on Grooveshark

At the close of the episode that resurrects Catelyn as Lady Stoneheart, and she begins her vengeful rampage. Stigmata captures the sound of madness and rage that will match viewers’ incredulity as their (and the victims she captures) minds try to comprehend exactly what is happening when the Lady and her merry band of outlaws go after those responsible for the Red Wedding massacre.

3. White Wedding, Billy Idol

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White Wedding by Billy Idol on Grooveshark

At the end of Joffrey’s wedding/death episode. I hope to see a closing image of Cersei on the floor, cradling her son, and Billy Idol’s angry anthem fits just right.

4. Sweet Thing, The Waterboys

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Sweet Thing by The Waterboys on Grooveshark

At the close of the episode when Tyrion kills Shae; as he stands over her body. Yes, I realize that this particular scene will likely also include Tyrion killing his father, but I’d rather see the sequence of events split into two parts, so as to highlight the extreme betrayal and loss Tyrion feels. First Shae lies about him having conspired to murder Joffrey, then Jamie confesses the truth about Tysha, and finally, Tyrion finds Shae in Tywin’s bed. If the episode breaks right after Tyrion strangles Shae, Sweet Thing is the perfect goodbye (to both women).

5. Reckoner, Radiohead

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Reckoner by Radiohead on Grooveshark

At the close of the episode Lysa Arryn is shoved out the door by her not-so-loving husband, Petyr. Of all the deaths headed our way, I am strangely excited (and terrified) to see this one. I can already picture Aidan Gillen’s face when he delivers that line about only ever loving one woman…and in my head, I hear Thom Yorke’s gorgeous falsetto as Lysa floats (in slow motion) down, down, down.

6. Kiss Off, Violent Femmes

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Kiss Off by Violent Femmes on Grooveshark

At the close of Cersei’s long walk of shame. (You know it’s what she’ll be thinking.)

Cindy Davis, (Twitter) is an imaginary soundtrack producer. Is everybody Happy by PIL on Grooveshark?




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  • Fredo

    For Joffrey's death, it has to be Rainbow's "Kill the King". Says so right in the title.

    For when Bran meets the three-eyed crow, I'd go with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club's "Mama Taught Me Better."

    And for that season 7 finale when Varys and his little birds kill Ser Kevan, "Ain't No Rest for the Wicked" by Cage the Elephant.

    Oh and what about when Jon gets betrayed and stabbed, they play "You'll Never Leave Harlan Alive" just to mess with people's minds?

  • How about when Jon Snow is elected Commander of the Night's Watch they play 'Bastards of Young' by The Replacements. Has the added plus of the band being from the frozen 'North'.

  • MissAmynae

    I hear Band of Horses "The Funeral" in my head when I think of the Red Wedding. Nice and haunting.

    "To the outside: the dead leaves lay on the lawn
    For they don't have trees to hang their own."

  • Kerry Benton

    Love it, but I don't think Stigmata's quite painful enough for Lady Stoneheart.

    Nine Inch Nails "Something I Can Never Have" jumps right out at me... debilitating emotional pain and all.

    "Grey would be the color, if I had a heart." Yeah.

    Now that I've said that, it occurs to me that "We're In This Together" would be a perfectly heartbreaking theme for literally any pair of close characters in the show, given the inevitability of their separation and destruction.

  • sean

    Great, except some of those moments are years away. And I have been saying for months, that the internet is going to melt down after the events of the Red Wedding. Especially Pajiba. This might be the biggest thing in internet history.

  • Parker Jammstein

    I have a bunch of friends who've never read the books who are begging me to tell them what the "Red Wedding" thing is all about and I adamantly refuse. It's going to be completely ridiculous.

  • koko temur

    Film them when they find out.

  • $27019454

    PLEEEEZZEE!!!

  • sean

    OMG that needs to be a thing. Everyone have GoT parties and record peoples faces when...that thing happens.

  • koko temur

    Ive been saying it for months too. And i cant wait.

  • John W

    When Ygritte dies: Back in Black by AC/DC.

    When Jon Snow "dies": For Whom the Bell Tolls by Metallica.

  • koko temur

    Great choices, both. Is "dies" in quotes because you assume he doesnt,or just because you kinda happy about it?

  • John W

    It's still up in the air as to whether he actually dies. And supposedly GRRM has been coy about it.

  • koko temur

    Im so conflicted about this. I dont like snow. But i dont like him to die either. So i guess its good grrm is clearly not done with him either.

  • manting

    if he dies he will still live in ghost. My question is that in the book it is clear that wargs can "slip in" any animal. Can someone (jon) slip the skin of a dragon?

  • sean

    It is vague. He could survive. In fact, I think this whole thing ends with him on the throne. Sharing it with his real half sister/wife Danerys. But I could be wrong.

  • Four Eyes

    I'm with you on this one!

  • Three_nineteen

    Don't forget, the dragon has three heads, and Dany has three dragons. I assume (hope) Tyrion will be there in some capacity, so the three main houses of the show are represented (House Baratheon probably gets shunted to the side).

    /wild speculation

  • koko temur

    Oh, that is me theory too! High-five! I was just wondering if john was basing it on anuthing concrete.

  • Tinkerville

    Major props for including The Waterboys, who I adore. I'll humbly add Portishead's version of Running Up That Hill, possibly for the death of Ygritte. Seems like a perfect song for the show in some capacity.

    Also, this for Joffrey's death:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

  • Genevieve Burgess

    I can't hear Mumford and Sons "Little Lion Man" without thinking of Tyrion Lannister. I don't know how to work it in, maybe during his trial? But I'd like to see it happen.

  • MissAmynae

    be a funny easter egg type thing if one of the bards was playing an instrumental version at Joff's wedding.

  • KatSings

    Me too!

  • koko temur

    Is it strange im more excited about the death of lysa than that of joffrey? I dont know, maybe because he is so, so vile, death by poison seems anticlimatic somehow. He should have gotten the theon treatment. Lysa, flying out of the same trapdoor she likes to throw people out? Pushed by the man who started this whole shit storm basically? That i can get behind.

  • sean

    That is going to be awesome. A long time to wait for that moment however.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    If you remember Joffrey's death in the books, there is nothing anti-climactic about the little bastard slowly and painfully choking to death.

  • koko temur

    Oh, dont get me wrong, it was a thing of beauty. But i want more for joffrey, nay, he deserves more. Being torn apart betwen 4 hourses, maybe? Being skull fucked by a hippo? Nothing is too good for our little treasure.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    "Skull fucked by a hippo"

    I could get behind that.

  • FrayedMachine

    Oh god. Oh god. Is the Wedding actually happening in Two Episodes? I feel like I need to get an inhaler or something. I have been stressed to no end about this episode. I just... I don't want it to happen.

  • sean

    Yes. June 9.

  • KatSings

    Actually, it's gonna be June 2. Red Wedding is scheduled for the second to last ep, not the last one.

  • sean

    Yes, I just looked it up. Thanks for correcting me

  • IngridToday

    The next episode should be Tyrions, the episode after that will be Robb's,and I'm assuming the final episode will be getting things set up for the next season. I can't see them doing Joffrey's wedding because there needs to be some time for the Lannister's to be on top and the non-book readers to process everything that's happened.

  • Kerry Benton

    The last episode is entitled Mhysa. I expect that means it'll deal primarily with Dany's liberation of Yunkai.

  • The_Ghost_of_Bo_Crowder

    Yes. Joffrey's wedding should be the event that kicks off Season Four. Seasons One and Two have both ended on a traditional "fantasy" beat (Dragons! Eddie from Iron Maiden!), so it'd make sense to end Season Three on something similarly cliffhanging. Cat's resurrection maybe.

  • koko temur

    Yes. Somewhat help book readers to stop hugging themselves while rocking back and forth and sobbing.

  • FrayedMachine

    Oh good god.

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