Musical Moments of Game of Thrones, Season 8

Unidentified boy runs through the woods toward winter town. Source: HBO
Queen Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow, accompanied by The Unsullied, enter winter town. Source: HBO
Game of Thrones composer Ramin Djawadi. Source: Rolling Stone Magazine, via J. Kempin/Getty Images

We’re gonna talk a lot about Leitmotif…

Darth Vader’s leitmotif has become so ingrained in our culture I bet “The Imperial March” is playing in your head right now, even if you’ve never seen Star Wars. Source: Flickr

Back to Season 8, Episode 1: Baratheon and Daenerys Leitmotifs

The music that plays in the scene described at the start of this post comes primarily from the Baratheon Theme, which is aptly described by podcast A Cast of Kings as befitting a Renaissance fair. The initial use of the leitmotif is “The King’s Arrival”, a song that plays as King Robert Baratheon enters Winterfell with his family, and Bran Stark climbs for a better vantage point of what’s taking place. Just as the visuals in episodes 1 of Seasons 1 and 8 parallel each other, Djawadi’s music does the same. Compare the following track from Season 1:

“A dragon is not a slave … I am Daenerys Stormborn of the House Targaryen, of the blood of Old Valyria. Valyrian is my mother tongue” — Queen Danerys Targaryen. Source: HBO

Season 8, Episode 3: An Instrumentation Parallel

Arya kills the Night King as Brandon phones it in. Source: HBO
Overhead view of the Sept of Baelor and the trial that wasn’t. Source: HBO



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This is the blog of The Soundshop music salon and community of New York City. This blog aims to analyze music in a way that enhances general music knowledge.