There are a billion opinions about Game of Thrones out there. For eight years and over 73 episodes HBO’s adaptation of George RR Martin’s bestselling fantasy series has dominated cultural conversation online like no other property. As the show’s perceived quality ebbed and flowed—and eventually crashed—the flurry of thoughts out there over the years has only increased in volume, and variety. People have a lot of Thoughts about this show. Many of them dissenting, sometimes viciously. But the one thing that basically everyone agrees on—the one notion that unifies all the warring camps, from Camp The Show Turned Shit After It Passed The Books, to Camp The Show Managed To Be A Great Spectacle Even After It Passed The Source Material, to Camp Man Wake Up This Show Has Always Been A Pretty-Looking But Ultimately Flaccid Bit Of Fluff—is that the show’s music has never been less than stellar.
Iranian-German composer Ramin Djawadi has always been Game of Thrones’ most consistent MVP, turning out music that is mournful, stirring, thematically rich, and incredibly evocative of character. Even as the show lost its way, he has been churning out riffs and motifs like a man possessed. A great thought experiment is trying to imagine what we would think about the show were it not for stuff like this running through its veins:
And of course there’s that theme. When Game of Thrones debuted in 2011 Djawadi’s main theme was an instantly iconic smash, its addictive and hummable ear-worm of a riff a reminder of that timeless marker of genius: Simplicity. There’s a reason that Game of Thrones’s intro sequence is often cited as one of those that you just do not skip.
Ramin Djawadi is also—and this may be of interest to many of you Pajiba 10 voters out there—not exactly hard on the eyes. Here he is jamming that main Thrones theme with guitar legends Tom Morello, Scott Ian, Nuno Bettencourt, and, uh Brad Paisley. Oh and some bloke called DB Weiss.
God bless Tom Morello, who just does not consider it a day complete unless he makes a guitar sound like it’s been possessed by an AI from outer space.
Bonus Hodor Jamming ‘Holy Wars…The Punishment Due’ with Megadeth!:
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