If you’re wondering what that haunting closing theme song was that played during the end credits of last night’s amazing Game of Thrones episode, “Blackwater” — and sung earlier in the night by Bronn in the tavern — then you’re in luck.
The song, “The Rains of Castamere”, is referenced several times in the Song of Ice and Fire novels and on the show, but we haven’t heard it until now. In the books, the song is written for lord Tywin Lannister’s victory over the House Reyne’s rebellion and played at Lannister celebrations. It worked itself well in the tavern scene, as a premonition of what was coming later in the episode. Bronn and the Gold Cloaks sang it in celebration, as a drinking song with wine in hand and whores on their laps.
During the credits, a very different version was played. This one, by the band The National, was much more somber, haunting, and unforgettable. It does well to set up the fallout of the events of this season, both in House Lannister and abroad.
For more versions of this song, and others found in the books and the TV series, have a gander at our previous article from our Week of Thrones.
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