Game of Thrones: Songs for Our Favorite Characters (Part 2)
    • MONDAY, MAY 13, 2013

    • Posted by: Dorit Finkel

    A while back, we started our own personal soundtrack for some of the personalities from the book-turned-HBO series Game of Thrones. We noted the recent trend in lyrics (and even band names) of medieval and fantasy themes (think: castles, dragons, wolves), as well as GoT's role as a platform for up-and-coming bands to participate in the series with musical contributions (The National, The Hold Steady, Florence + The Machine, and MSMR have all contributed to the soundtrack and trailers). Now we're back with part two, linking a few more of our favorite faces with recent songs that feel right at home in the Renaissance Faire-gone-wild.


    Melisandre: "Sacrilege" by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs

    We're reminded of our favorite bewitching priestess (who does all sorts of normal things, like burn idols, give birth to shadow assassins, and kidnap bastards) in this dark gospel tune about religion and sex. Whether it's about her relationship with Stannis Baratheon or just about the ferocity she displays in the face of the world's attitude about her sexuality ("And I plead, and I pray / It's sacrilege, you say"), we can definitely imagine her rocking out to this tune.

    Arya Stark: "Wolves" by Phosphorescent

    This mournful and gorgeous folk song could be a lament sung by Arya, who is constantly on the run but never toward the one place she wants to be: home. The direwolf is the Stark house cigil, and this ode to the beauty and danger of wolves encapsulates the longing for the protection of one's family, with the extra layer of complexity that's added when being with one's family inherently brings danger. "Blazing with light is the whitest and the tallest and the biggest one / All muscled and fine when she runs" makes me think of the special relationship she shares with Jon Snow (whose direwolf, though small, is pure white and fiercely loyal): although they're separated, she continues to be inspired by his wolf-like grace and friendship.

    Jaime Lannister and Brienne of Tarth: "King and Lionheart" by Of Monsters and Men

    "As the world comes to an end, I'll be here to hold your hand / 'Cause you're my king and I'm your lionheart." The lyrics of this song are full of fantasy imagery (and the video takes it to a whole new level), so it immediately took us to Westeros when we heard it. This song fits this unlikely pair because it doesn't have to be a romantic love song; it's about being a team, bound together by circumstance and immense courage. Despite what might originally come to mind, we imagine this being sung by Jaime to Brienne. After all, she wears the pants and he's a Lannister, right?

    Beric Dondarrion: "All Is Forgiven" by Jim James

    Reintroduced in the third season, this guy bears battle scars (including a missing eye) that last after his deaths and repeated resurrections. So, you know, he's kind of a complex guy. Not only that, but when he sentenced Sandor Clegane to be tried by battle and Clegane was victorious, he and Thoros told Arya that clearly the Hound had not been found guilty by the Lord of Light (a difficult thing to hear, since he killed her childhood friend). This haunting song has the refrain "I pray that all is forgiven," a wailing plea about spiritual turmoil, and we think it fits Beric to a T.

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    Samwell Tarly: "I'll Be Around" by Yo La Tengo

    A sweet song of devotion from Yo La Tengo's most recent album Fade, we can easily imagine Sam singing it to his one beloved, Jon Snow. Oh, did you think we were talking about that blonde chick? Sorry.

    Ygritte: "She Will" by Savages

    Perhaps it's partly because of the name of the band, but this song reminds us of Ygritte and Jon's sudden and probably awesome sex life. "You've got to get used to it / Give your heart a little kick" could definitely be directed at soft-spoken and inexperienced Jon, and the sheer feral force of this song seems appropriate for our favorite Wildling. Plus, we're pretty sure that if Ygritte listened to any genre of modern music, it'd be hardcore new wave girl-punk.

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