The Atlantic Crossword
Spotify is your friend
I listen to the second-to-last track from the Game of Thrones Season 8 score almost once a week. There was a period where I was listening to it maybe once a day, when the whole album popped up on Spotify just after the show concluded its dramatic final run with a horrendous penultimate episode and an anticlimactic finale one whole year ago. I listen to a lot of soundtrack music from properties of otherwise questionable merit -- the Prince of Persia movie OST is not bad , and Godzilla: King of the Monsters included an extremely cool cover of Mothra's theme -- but Ramin Djawadi's work for Game of Thrones was always a series highlight, no matter how disappointing the actual show became. The series wouldn't have been the same without his music: It got to the point where, whenever I heard the distinctive white noise of the HBO logo, my brain immediately expected to hear the opening notes of the Game of Thrones theme. The specific track I'm talking about, titled "The Last of the Starks," plays over the finale 's final montage of Jon Snow, Arya, and Sansa Stark taking, symbolically, their rightful places in the new, post-Targaryen Westeros: Sansa is the Queen in the North; Jon has been exiled to the Wall where he'll lead his wildling followers to new lives in the snowy wasteland; and Arya is leaving on her own ship, seeking whatever is " west of Westeros. But, listen: They nailed it.
The arsenal of instruments Ramin Djawadi has used to score Game of Thrones includes mournful strings, mighty horns, and the Armenian double-reed woodwind known as a duduk. Early on, the showrunners, David Benioff and D. They also banned the flute, for fear that Thrones would sound like a Renaissance fair. So Djawadi finally brought the piano to Westeros. Thrones fans thrilled to the scene, and to its sound. As a teenager in Duisburg, Germany, he headbanged at Anthrax concerts, shredded guitars in bands with names like Antagonist, and worshipped Steve Vai and Yngwie Malmsteen, two of the most fire-fingered technicians to ever wear leather pants. Growing up in the Rhineland, however, classical music was unavoidable.