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