I don’t want to bring it up. I really don’t, but I’ll get it out of the way very quickly, as if I’m ripping off a band-aid, getting my eyebrows waxed, or having my heart ripped out in one swift motion: The Red Wedding. There, I said it! Don’t worry, I’m not going to spill anything of major importance here. But can we at least talk about “The Rains of Castamere”? Man, is that a song. I’m talking an eerily foreboding, spine-tingling, tear- and fear-inducing piece of music.
Game of Thrones composer Ramin Djawadi (try to argue with me that the GoT theme song is not as iconic as Harry Potter‘s) came up with the melody for “Rains of Castamere.” Hit indie band The National, however, was asked to utilize said melody and create the actual song that we mostly hear now (besides when characters are simply whistling it): “It was us saying internally, ‘Hey, it would be cool if we took this theme and had a band do it.’ We asked them, ‘This is what we’re thinking — would you guys be into it?’” Djawadi told New York magazine.
They obviously agreed and everyone is pretty much fond of the result. Need a refresher? Take a listen:
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