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Season 3 soundtrack released digitally today, physical copy coming July 9

As we reported previously, the Game of Thrones Season 3 soundtrack released digitally today on iTunes and the Amazon MP3 Store . In addition, HBO revealed in their press release that the physical copy will hit stores on July 9th.

As a teaser, HBO and Watertower Music have released the final track from the album. “For the Realm” is an acoustic guitar version of the main theme performed by composer Ramin Djawadi. Check it on Soundcloud and head past the break for the full press release.

GAME OF THRONES® SOUNDTRACK FEATURING ORIGINAL MUSIC BY RAMIN DJAWADI SET FOR RELEASE JUNE 4th

Features Three Versions Of The Game Of Thrones Theme, 
“It’s Always Summer Under The Sea” (Shireen’s Song) by Kerry Ingram,
And “The Bear And The Maiden Fair” by The Hold Steady

(June 4, 2013 – Los Angeles, CA) – WaterTower Music and HBO® today announced the June 4 digital release of the nineteen song album Game Of Thrones (Music from the HBO® Series) Season 3. A physical CD is scheduled to be released July 9.

Grammy® nominee Ramin Djawadi (Iron Man, “Prison Break,” Pacific Rim) composed the score for this album, which offers fans three different versions of the Game of Thrones theme – two of them previously unreleased. “Dark Wings, Dark Words” is a downtempo choir version of the theme, and “For The Realm” is a solo guitar version of the theme performed by Djawadi himself.

Additional music on the album are the songs “It’s Always Summer Under The Sea” (Shireen’s Song) performed by Kerry Ingram – who plays the character of Shireen on the show, along with “The Bear And The Maiden Fair” by The Hold Steady. Both songs were heard in Game of Thrones episodes this season.

The track listing is as follows:

01: Main Title
02: A Lannister Always Pays His Debts
03: Dracarys
04: I Paid The Iron Price
05: Chaos Is A Ladder
06: Dark Wings, Dark Words
07: You Know Nothing
08: Wall Of Ice
09: Kingslayer
10: I Have To Go North
11: White Walkers
12: “It’s Always Summer Under The Sea” (Shireen’s Song) – Kerry Ingram
13: Reek
14: “The Bear And The Maiden Fair” – The Hold Steady
15: The Night Is Dark
16: The Lannisters Send Their Regards
17: Heir To Winterfell
18: Mhysa
19: For The Realm

The soundtrack will be available through all digital retailers, CD retail locations as well as the HBO Shop (42nd & 6th Ave and www.store.hbo.com ) for the suggested retail price of $11.98.

Game of Thrones is based on George R. Martin’s fantasy series A Song Of Ice and Fire, where political and sexual intrigue abound as seven noble families fight for control of the mythical land of Westeros.

141 Comments

  • just downloaded it on itunes. im on the second run right now and i think its the best of the three. even though season 1 and 2 were very powerful too, this is incredibly beautiful. especially the track “mhysa” is just breathraking!
    if djawadi doesn’t get an emmy for this, i’ll cut off their manhood an feed it to the goats!
    easily 10/10

  • The album is fantastic, but quite a bit too short. It’s only 53 minutes, which is the shortest of the three soundtracks so far. I missed the version of the Rains of Castamere from the end of “The Bear and the Maiden Fair” (though “A Lannister Always Pays His Debts” from Episode 9 is very similar, so I can see why only one made it on the album), and the music from Robb and Talisa’s scene in the same episode.

    Give us a full 70+ minutes, Ramin! The more music, the better. :)

  • Mysha reminds me much LOTR! It’s fantastic. I wonder if “For the Realm” will be played at the last scene of the season or in the credits after the last scene.

  • Damn, this is a great soundtrack. While season 1 and 2 had their good tracks, every single one on here is worth listening too. Def got goosebumps more than once listening. Ramin deserves and award or 10 for this.

  • Just wanted to say I DLed this last night from iTunes and been listening to it all day…

    This guy deserves some kind of award!

    From season 1 soundtrack to season 3 soundtrack you can hear the evolution of all the main house themes. They are always changing and growing just like the characters themselves.

    It’s a really great listen…

  • Mhysa is just stellar!

    Cannot wait for next episode now, any scene with that music is bound to be brilliant.

  • i really hpe that they produce some kind of documentary about the score for the next bluray/dvd! would be really interesting imo

  • An incredible soundtrack for an incredible season of television. That said, I can’t be the only one who noticed that the track Dark Wings, Dark Words sounds nothing like anything we heard in that episode or that we’ve heard elsewhere throughout the season, so perhaps it’ll play some time during the finale.

    And yes, Ramin had better win the damned Emmy this year, or it’ll be a little ridiculous, considering he should have won for the previous two seasons as it is.

  • This is the first season soundtrack that I’ve purchased. Enjoyed it all afternoon, it’s lovely! I wonder who will sing “The Dornishmans Wife.”

  • Ramin Djawadi said in an interview that the music becomes more and more important as the season progresses. The upcoming finale will demonstrate that more than ever: Mhysa is a stellar, stellar track, and For the Realm will wrap the season up in a beautiful and reflective way.

  • Khal-A-Bunga:
    An incredible soundtrack for an incredible season of television. That said, I can’t be the only one who noticed that the track Dark Wings, Dark Words sounds nothing like anything we heard in that episode or that we’ve heard elsewhere throughout the season, so perhaps it’ll play some time during the finale.

    Well spotted. Interesting, the name and the placement don’t suggest it will be in the finale at all, but it’s a nice track so who knows. Are there any unused tracks in previous season’s soundtracks?

  • I thought the music during Jon Snow’s fight with the Wildlings in Ep 9 was really good, was that on the Season 3 soundtrack?

  • Sounds like the cinematography isn’t the only aspect of the show growing up this season. :D

    A word of warning to fellow buyers, Amazon requires downloading your purchased albums through its lazy proprietary software the Amazon Cloud Player. It immediately scans your computer without permission and seems even less functional than iTunes. BEWARE!

  • Not a fan of Dany, and that particular scene didn’t do much for me (neither did dracarys…) but damn, that music… And the one ending episode 4 was great too…

  • Uneducated Unsullied question time….

    Is the Rains of Castamere as played at the RW on this? Obviously it’s not listed. On another soundtrack perhaps?

  • Yago,

    I have mixed feelings about Dany but next episode really is her Goddess moment. A whole city in awe of her.

    It’s poignant as we know she’s a flawed character but to an onlooker she is just perfection. Mhysa really encapsulates that.

    Not listened to the full soundtrack yet, so can’t answer the above questions.

  • Oz of Thrones:
    Uneducated Unsullied question time….

    Is the Rains of Castamere as played at the RW on this?Obviously it’s not listed. On another soundtrack perhaps?

    Yes, it’s track 2 – “A Lannister Always Pays His Debts”.

  • Oz of Thrones,

    No, unfortunately not. I thought (and hoped) it might start the track titled “The Lannister’s Send Their Regards”, but no dice. It was incredibly haunting, and not just because of the way it was used, so I was hoping to hear it.

    Okay, spoiler time – so stay away Oz!

    Interesting that the final two tracks are both variations of the main titles theme. I’m all but convinced that Catelyn’s resurrection ends the season. Where Dany’s track sound majestic and epic, “For The Realm” is more folksy and melancholy – and sounds very much like something the Brotherhood might play around a camp fire. Of course, I don’t think the resurrection itself will have any score, as the final track looks like the perfect length for the end credits sequence. In any case, we’ll know in a few more days.

    And then our Watch begins… Again… At least we’ve got the casting news to look forward to (which will probably happen at Comic-Con again, I’d guess).

  • Oz of Thrones,

    I was mistaken when I said that track 2 is the version of Rains of Castamere used during the Red Wedding. After going back and listening to the episodes, it sounds closer to the rendition used at the end of “The Bear and the Maiden Fair”. My memory was playing tricks on me, and I thought that the Ep. 7 version was a bit more percussive. But it seems like that is the version on the album. But the two are very similar.

  • I’m convinced “Myhsa” will start with Dany and the crowd chanting it and switch to Beric and Thoros finding Cat’s body in the river. It would be awesome if Nymeria was there, hiding in a bush or something, and we saw the whole thing from “her” perspective.

    I’m also convinced the gong-sound at the end of Mhysa will be Cat opening her eyes.

  • I think Dark Wings, Dark Words (which is also a choral variation of the main titles theme, like Mhysa) is also a possibility for the music used during Catelyn’s recurrection. Listen to the track after Mhysa, and before For The Real… It’s almost like seeing it all play out. And after listening again, that track has definitely not been used anywhere else this season, and the other soundtracks didn’t feature any unused tracks, so…

    Then again, it may play at the beginning of the next episode, as well. Anyone know how long the finale is supposed to be? Because my DVR is recording to 10:10 P.M. for the show on Sunday, so hopefully we’ll get between 62-69 minutes.

  • Oz of Thrones,

    [girly fansqueal] OZZZZZZZZ! [presses a dozen babies in your face]

    In all seriousness, stay cautious. The Red Wedding may be public knowledge now, but there are other tricks left in GRRM’s bag and plenty of dicks keen on sharing those surprises as if they thought of them.

  • Oh god. Only from the speculation here do I realize Cat’s resurrection would tie PERFECTLY to the title of the episode. Good theory, folks. I really, REALLY hope you got this one.

  • Khal-A-Bunga:
    I think Dark Wings, Dark Words (which is also a choral variation of the main titles theme, like Mhysa) is also a possibility for the music used during Catelyn’s recurrection. Listen to the track after Mhysa, and before For The Real… It’s almost like seeing it all play out. And after listening again, that track has definitely not been used anywhere else this season, and the other soundtracks didn’t feature any unused

    I initially had the same opinion when I first heard the track. But now that I listened to it a few times, I’m not so sure. Cat’s resurrection needs to be creepy. They have to foreshadow the fact that this is not the same Cat that we knew, it’s a vengeful zombie. Even if they only show her open her eyes and cut to black (it’s what they should do IMO), it needs to have a creepy feeling to it. And “dark wing, dark words” may be a bit darker than “mysha”, but I think it’s still too much of an uplifting song for that scene. It wouldn’t feel right, knowing what’s coming. I guess it depends on what D&D aim to achieve with that final scene : give a sense or relief to the viewer after the horror of the RW, or focus on the shock value and the creepyness of a body that’s been floating in a river for 3 days, with the throat wide open, being brought back to life. So, maybe the scene will be silent, no music. In any case, we’ll definitely ser her in full dark side mode from now on, so they might aswell end it on a cliffhanger-y note and let the unsullied viewers speculate about the whole “is she still the same ?” thing during the off-season.

  • OMG 70 min finale! I hope we get a lot of arcs wrapped up. Red Wedding aftermath, Arya and The Hound at the Inn at the Crossroads(Is there gold in the village?), Balon’s death by the Hands of Jaqen H’ghar(i hope), Yunkai aftermath, Stannis/Mel/Davos/Gendry arc, hopefully a Theon resolution/answers/fake arya reveal, Mention of the Red Viper at the gates, Dany being call Mysha, and Lady Stoneheart!

  • Really disappointed that the album lacks the beautiful music of Dany’s opening scene in 3×01 on the ship, and later sailing into Slaver’s Bay, as well as a few other notable themes from the season. There’s not a trace of the Stannis/Melisandre theme, or the Hound/Beric fight, etc.

  • Clinton,

    Melissandre’s “The Night is Dark” is in the album. Stannis theme was in season 2 OST so no reason for it to be in this one.

  • Crap I just realized that Dark Wings would be PERFECT for the beginning of ep 10, as we see the stark banners burning, more scenes of mayhem and slaughter as well as Roose looking down on all the carnage and finally grey winds head sewn onto Robb’s body.

  • Family, Duty, Hodor,

    So it will definitely be over an hour. On HBOs schedule it looks to be 1h10m but it could very well be rounded up from like 1h4m or something. That being said in order for d&ds promise of another whole episode due to longer running times to come true, ep10 would have to be 70mins +-

  • Matt,

    This was said before the editing process had begun. Originally it was said that there would be about 50 extra minutes, then a couple of months ago it was an extra 30 minutes. I would guess the finale will be about 61 minutes in actual footage, excluding the opening and closing credits.

  • Clinton:
    Really disappointed that the album lacks the beautiful music of Dany’s opening scene in 3×01 on the ship, and later sailing into Slaver’s Bay, as well as a few other notable themes from the season.There’s not a trace of the Stannis/Melisandre theme, or the Hound/Beric fight, etc.

    The superb theme composed for Stannis is in the second season’s soundtrack. It is titled “Warrior of Light.”

    Damn! I can’t find the Hound vs. Beric track either. If it’s actually omitted I’m going to have an emotional fan fit. It was one of a number of “perfect” scenes I really lost myself in this season.

  • It is beautiful. But I am sad to see that also two more unmentioned but wonderful slow tracks are missing from: Catelyn talking to Talisa about Jon Snow (Episode 2); and from Theon’s confession to Boy about his regrets before he gets back in the torture chambers (E4) . They are not in this soundtrack. Loved these two parts in the episodes. :(

  • Harry,

    We should make a list of these missing gems, as well as connect released tracks to their respective scenes. Then we’ll see what we’re really missing in the end.

    I just shot a query to HBO customer service to see if they can connect me to an answer. I also asked Ramin if there was a bare bones Rains of Castamere recording out there. Here’s to hoping…

    Wow. This renewed focus on the music is reminding me how rich this show is aurally. I really think every aspect of the production has been ramped up in quality this season, the score included.

  • Harry,

    That track with Cat and Jon Snow was used in season 1 when Cat puts her monstrosity dream catcher above Bran’s bed when leaving to go to KL.

    And only listening to the sample… isn’t “I Paid the Iron Price” the song with Theon confessing?

  • Harry,

    Just rewatched the Theon bit, and it sounds like another variation of the Winterfell theme. There are multiple tracks with a similar (if not the same) rendition of the theme throughout the three albums. In short, I think that particular fix is an easy fix.

  • Timmen,

    I just checked those scenes and disagree. In the S1 scene it’s “Goodbye Brother.” In the Cat-Talisa scene, it seems to be another track. I wish they were the same so I’d know I have it. [laughs]

  • WompWomp,

    I just went on HBO GO to watch it again, you can hear the same tune from Catelyn’s monologue you’re talking about when she kisses bran’s forehead after putting the dream catcher thing above his bed. It doesn’t get to the best part that you hear in S3, but its 100% the same track.

    Maybe its unlisted like Dany’s dragon flying scene in S3E1 is apparently? Idk

  • “You Know Nothing”–lovely song. Expansive, hopeful, yet sad.

    Has everyone forgotten “The Rains of Castamere” by The National, that was introduced last season at the end of “Blackwater”? I loved that rendition of the song, still do. It seems it’s been thrown on the trash heap of forgetfulness, which I find puzzling, because this song has already been introduced to the audience.

  • Mhysa is great. I like not knowing every detail about an upcoming episode so i skipped the comments.

    In other news, Fabio, if you read this, I’ve been looking forward to tomorrow for about 2 years now. Don’t disappoint! @redweddingtears is giving you competition :)

  • This soundtrack is really beautiful.

    You guys managed to snag exactly the composer for this show. It’s crazy trying to imagine some of these scenes with different music accompaniment.

  • I’ve been listening to djavadi for some time. This is the most incredible work of him yet. Much more elaborate than the previous GOT soundtracks.

  • Timmen,

    I really hope they release it. I was watching the scene where Cat is making the voodoo doll and scolding Jon out of Bran’s room. I’ll check that other scene out.

    Lisa Y. (aerynsunx),

    Honestly, I prefer the mournful cellos to The National’s version. It’s not a bad rendition, but I wasn’t as floored as others were. It suited Blackwater, but S3E09’s rendition is the real heartbreaker.

  • I don’t recall the White Walkers song during Slayer or from any other ep? Hopefully something for ep 10?

  • Too bad the song the bands played on both weddings isn’t on the soundtrack. I really like that song!

  • Harry,

    Also missing is the music played during the Beric – hound fight. The music there was pretty cool.

    Mhysa is amazing!!!!!

  • Does anyone else that every single musical piece connected to Theon or the Iron Islands has been fantastic so far? The powerful “What is dead may never die” and the sad “I Paid the Iron Price” are both 5/5.

  • Timmen:
    Harry,

    That track with Cat and Jon Snow was used in season 1 when Cat puts her monstrosity dream catcher above Bran’s bed when leaving to go to KL.

    And only listening to the sample… isn’t “I Paid the Iron Price” the song with Theon confessing?

    “I paid the Iron Price” sounds similar, but the version in the show is different.
    As WompWomp said, it is a newer variation of the Winterfell theme.

  • – Richard Dormer firmed one season, five episodes. He only has appeared in four.
    – Castings in december will show us who’s in next season.
    – Mhysa=Mother

    And now, your own conclusions about these facts. I’d love to hear the Mhysa theme while someone open her eyes.

  • Mhysa is quite something… beautiful! I have it on repeat for a few hours by now. You’re a genius Ramin Djawadi! And when you think we almost got another composer…

  • Anyone else think that the “Heir to Winterfell” track seemingly confirms Robb naming Jon as his heir in the next episode?

  • I’m missing the song they always play in the recap of the last episode. The dark piano piece. Do you know where I can find that one?

  • The score for season 2 was fantastic also, the soundtrack for Stannis, Theon and Rains especially really blew my mind.

  • Douglas:
    The score for season 2 was fantastic also, the soundtrack for Stannis, Theon and Rains especially really blew my mind.

    “What is dead may never die” song is amazing, the best in the entire soundtrack in my opinion.

    I’m actually quite excited about the next episode, because the Red Wedding had been somehow spoiled there and there, but no one is expecting Lady Stoneheart and I really can’t figure out a better way to end the season and leave everyone with an open jaw.

    Mhysa indeed.

  • Red Hound,

    Agreed about “What is dead may never die”. It’s pure perfection, and it fits Theon and Yara and the Iron Islands atmosphere so perfectly it moves me to the bottom of my heart.

    Imagine this playing during the Kingsmoot when Yara, Victarion and Euron arrives and you see all these hundreds of ships anchored on the shores. I get chills just by imagining it.

  • Love the soundtrack, but really wish it had the exact version of “Rains” that was used in the episode… The track” a lannister always pays..” is close, but have a lot more instruments…

  • Anyone notice the band playing “the bear and the maiden fair” during the bedding ceremony?

  • I’m going to download this as soon as I get back home and on my own network.

    Off topic, but I was thinking about Mance Rayder. The casting of Cieran Hinds (sp) was big hype. So where is he? We’ve had him onscreen for all of five minutes. I guess he comes into play more in the upcoming seasons. I’m just surprised they didn’t give us more of him, considering the caliber of his talent.

    He flew all the way to Iceland for five minutes of screen time!

    I hate to say this but I may as well share. I don’t usually weigh in on casting decisions, but as much as I love the actor (he was great as Caesar in HBO’s Rome) somehow, he just didn’t feel right to me. My own personal vision of Mance was younger, thinner, quieter, but deadly. I don’t know. Just thought I’d throw that out there and see if anyone else had a similar point of view.

    Ciaran, I think you are a great actor! I know you read the message boards….NOT…..

  • Great soundtrack but I’m disappointed they didn’t put the medieval-band version of “Bear and the Maiden Fair” on the soundtrack! And yes that exists, it’s the 2nd song they played at both weddings, you can tell it’s the same tune the Bolton men were singing

  • The soundtrack is wonderful but I wish they featured the music played during the flight of the dragons and Baristan swearing obedience to Dany in episode 1.

  • It’s really, really great. He keeps outdoing himself. This is the best one yet!
    My faves so far are: A Lannister Always Pays His Debts, Dracarys, Dark Wings, Dark Words, Wall of Ice, The Lannisters Send Their Regards and Mhysa. Perfection.

  • So unbelievably disappointing! Yes the tracks are beautiful but what about the music during aryas talk with dondarrion or cats incredibly heartfelt speech with talysa and the blackfish? Where are all these tracks? We know we won’t get an extended version, since that’s never happened for got. And why is it that we only get 19 tracks when the first had 29? Oh well….. And now my rant is ended

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ys_wRXmdBng

    Jeremy Jahns – kind of a big youtube moviereviewer and nonreader is shocked but also loving the RW. Cool to see him review it simply because it had that big an effect on him.

    Ofcourse, people are spoiling in the commentsection of the vid – just a warning for the Unsullied here.

  • So unbelievably disappointing! It’s a great score but there is so much that is missing. The other renditions of the bear and rains and of course the wonderful compositions played during cat’s talks with the blackfish and talysa, and the music at the end of the climb. Such a wasted opportunity! The thing is I’d be fine with it if we were to get the master demos or extended editions but we won’t, if past occurences are anything to go by….. Sad

  • Bought it from iTunes!

    It seemed a little short, but every track was so good! Especially ‘Mhysa’…. so unbelievably epic. Listening to that track gets me super psyched for the actual ‘mhysa’ scene.

  • love the music

    random question – I want to start reading ASOIAF – but I don’t want to surpass the show as I like the element of surprise received from watching the show.
    Should I just wait until the whole show is complete?
    Or should I read book per book as a season passes??
    Where are we at now books wise? is season 3 book three?

  • gosensgo,

    Season three is the first half of book three. So read the first two if you want to, but don’t read the third book until the end of season 4, unless you want to be spoiled.

  • I wrote to David J Peterson about the lyrics for Mhysa, as I was curious that it was in High Valyrian. This was his response:

    “I did send off some High Valyrian lyrics for what ended up being that track, but they weren’t used. They were actually lines from the show, but were actually mixed up a little bit, so at this point I don’t think it’d be recognizable.”

    You can see the full thing here: http://www.dothraki.com/2013/06/kastamiro-daomior/

    You can definitely hear ‘Mhysa’ said numerous times. I think it is obvious what is going on here. Dany and…. The other thing ;) Think on the creepy ending note of the piece…. :) Can’t wait.

  • Charleroi92,

    I don’t want to get spoilt! Awesome so book 1 and 2 until next april!
    so books 1 and 2 don’t have small spoilers for future season? considering there is more detail in the books?

  • Oz of Thrones,

    No, it is not, sadly. A few other good themes I heard on the show are missing as well, such as the music in the Jaime/Brienne fight scene and the ensuing credits to episode 2 (though the latter is similar to the theme that plays with Viserys and Doreah in the tub in Season 1, I really liked that version of it).

  • Matt:
    I’m convinced “Myhsa” will start with Dany and the crowd chanting it and switch to Beric and Thoros finding Cat’s body in the river. It would be awesome if Nymeria was there, hiding in a bush or something, and we saw the whole thing from “her” perspective.

    I’m also convinced the gong-sound at the end of Mhysa will be Cat opening her eyes.

    I agree completely

  • Tori Targaryen,

    The creepy ending note of the piece (the ‘submarine’ sound as I call it) is still a Daenerys music cue. It’s the same one you hear many times in the track ‘Dracarys’ as it was in the show when Dany first approached Kraznys the slaver to ‘seal the deal.’ I don’t think it’s meant to be ‘creepy’ so much as ‘exciting,’ getting you pumped up for whatever Dany will do next season.

    Also (MAJOR SPOILERS here) it would be pretty twisted to play such joyful/hopeful music to a scene where Catelyn is resurrected when we know down the line, in one or two seasons, it will eventually become abundantly clear Lady Stoneheart is a manifestation of pure evil. If there’s one thing that’s more likely to turn people away from the show it’s the sense that the hope they’re being fed at the end of any given season is FALSE while the despair is all too real and permanent. Playing a Lady Stoneheart awakening scene to such hopeful and happy music is going to ring EXTREMELY hollow down the line once viewers have seen her start to hang Brienne, Podrick and Ser Hyle.

  • outdoorcats,

    Oh I agree that the theme is definitely Dany. Her theme is laced through the whole thing, but I do get the vibe that the last note either opens up to something else, either ‘another end scene’, or that Dany’s moment is part of a montage with something else. But oh I agree it’s all Dany, she’s my favourite character by a long shot. Will be curious to see what the ending is

  • Tori Targaryen,

    Well, if they are doing (big spoilers again!) Lady Stoneheart this season, I hope that cue is just the transition to ‘another end scene’ (similar to the end of Season 2 which went from Dany to Sam&co north of the wall and not part of a montage. See my edits above.

    Personally I just wish they’d break the whole ‘magical cliffhanger’ pattern and come up with something more creative and thoughtful. Or if they went that route could it be Coldhands instead?

  • outdoorcats,

    It could be. And also I completely agree with what you said about Lady Stoneheart, her resurrection is not a good thing. But the idea of ‘mother’ could still apply. Like in mythology, she is the terrible mother, or more appropriately, the crone. Her being awakened is not a good thing. But the composer may still have decided to use Dany’s theme as the ‘mother’ theme. Some composers have made such decisions in the past. Hard to say until we actually see the episode. Me personally, I would prefer that last track was just Dany related, but I’m keeping my options open so I’m not disappointed.

  • The most interesting thing about the soundtrack is that most of ‘White Walkers’ is very unfamiliar, even though of course it’s filled with ‘White Walker’ music cues from the past and some of it at the beginning sounds like it’s from the scene where Sam kills the one. Starting at 1:20 it gets very unfamiliar though and sounds very action-packed. I’m trying to imagine what White-Walker-themed scene we could get in the finale based on the books and I’ve got nothing.

    Also, the second half of ‘Reek’ isn’t familiar to my ears, though it’s subtle enough I might have missed it (the first half is Theon’s chase scene from episode 3)

  • I don’t think we’ll hear ‘For the Realm’ in any context on the show except in the end credits of the final episode. It doesn’t quite mesh with the rest of the music that we’ve heard in the show so far, and happens to be the perfect length for end credits, and has that little lilt at the end which sounds like it segues into the HBO static.

  • Yeah, For The Realm is end credits. And with White Walkers, indeed the bit with Sam, but it could be that some of the music simply wasn’t used. That is the case with the past two soundtracks also. Same may apply to Reek, hard to say

  • Tori Targaryen,

    You’re probably right, but–random theory alert!–wouldn’t it be cool if we got some sort of scene to give closure to Craster’s Keep, in which we saw Rast, Karl (? that was his name, right?) and other mutineers enjoying the high life at Craster’s before receiving justice at the hands of the White Walkers? Maybe the Old Bear will come back as a wight to finish strangling Rast. My other theory is that we would see some scene of the WWers harassing the wildings to give a sense of Mance’s desperation, but Ciaran Hinds seemed to disprove that when he said that his only scene after episode three was ‘a reaction shot.’

  • outdoorcats: Maybe the Old Bear will come back as a wight to finish strangling Rast.

    Absolutely love this theory. Maybe the episode could start off with this?

  • outdoorcats:
    Tori Targaryen,

    The creepy ending note of the piece (the ‘submarine’ sound as I call it) is still a Daenerys music cue. It’s the same one you hear many times in the track ‘Dracarys’ as it was in the show when Dany first approached Kraznys the slaver to ‘seal the deal.’ I don’t think it’s meant to be ‘creepy’ so much as ‘exciting,’ getting you pumped up for whatever Dany will do next season.

    Also (MAJOR SPOILERS here) it would be pretty twisted to play such joyful/hopeful music to a scene where Catelyn is resurrected when we know down the line, in one or two seasons, it will eventually become abundantly clear Lady Stoneheart is a manifestation of pure evil.

    Pure evil? I’ve read the books but I don’t see LS as pure evil. Frightening, ghoulish, full of hate and bitterness and wanting vengeance – yes. But pure evil? Not sure.

  • I hope the ep. 10 starts with a grand horrific roaring of The Rains of Castamere to compensate for the eerie quietness of the last ep.

  • Nic,

    She definitely is. What is dead should stay dead. Just like the old vampires (before Twilight came along) are meant to be horrific creatures, they are dead yet living. In mythology, and ASOIAF is 100% mythology, LS is the mother of vengeance. Just because you might want to see her get revenge, doesn’t mean her living is a good thing.

  • Oz of Thrones,

    Wait! I listened to samples online yesterday and you can hear a measure or two of the Rains of Castamere as part of a larger song. I think it was track 2, A Lannister always pays his debts. Since I only heard a sample of the song, it might appear elsewhere subtlety. Those of you have the full soundtrack listen again particularly to the Lannister related songs and let me know if I’m off base. I’m going to try to purchase it via ITunes later today.

  • Nic,

    Isn’t she? Don’t you think it’s telling that we’ve never had a Catelyn chapter since she was ‘resurrected’? That Thoros tried to warn Beric it was too late and they waited too long to do it? That Catelyn was insane when she died and thought Ned was still alive but Stoneheart isn’t, or at the very least a completely different kind of insane, still aware of what is real and not? Even Catelyn at her most bitter and hateful would never treat Brienne with the coldness, pure cruelty and lack of empathy which she did.

  • Family, Duty, Hodor,

    it’s poignant as we know she’s a flawed character but to an onlooker she is just perfection. Mhysa really encapsulates that

    I guess we have had this discussion on other threads in a wide variety of ways, but no one on the show is flawless (nor in our world either). To expect this young woman who has taken on so much responsibility (and had it demanded of her by fate and her followers) so fast before she may have the skill set is asking a bit much, isn’t it? No one exercises leadership without making mistakes. The unfortunate part for her is that because of the scope of her power, her mistakes are magnified. I couldn’t imagine my having to be in a such a position, knowing the mistakes I’ve made in life.

  • Ms. D. Ranged in AZ,

    Track two is the version that plays at the end of episode 7, the ‘heroic’ Rains of Castamere (edited and orchestrated a little differently, but basically the same). The exact version we heard the live band play in episode 9 is not on the soundtrack.

  • Haven’t downloaded it yet, still at work. Just to confirm, the cello/acousitc version of “Rains of Castamere” that we heard at the start of the RW isn’t on there? That’s hearbreaking. I can’t tell you how bad I wanted that track.

    That being said, I’ll still buy the album because Ramin Djawadi is amazing. I do find it pretty questionable that so many tracks seem to be missing, though, even if they were in previous seasons. It’s not like themes haven’t been repeated before…how many times did we hear the Winterfell theme on the S1 CD, before it was actually labeled “Winterfell” on the S2 CD? And the main title theme appears in full on both CD’s, so it’s not like they have anything against duplicate tracks.

    Please tell that the song that was played after Dany burned down Astapor is on there (her theme over top of the heavy percussion).

    ETA: Looks like outdoorcats answered my “Rains of Castamere” question while I was typing. So disappointed.

  • outdoorcats,

    Even Catelyn at her most bitter and hateful would never treat Brienne with the coldness, pure cruelty and lack of empathy which she did

    I agree but her willingness at the very, very end of last ep where she took the life of Frey’s young and innocent wife is the real turning point. From that point on, she has lost all moral restraints and as it is indicated her mind. IMHO Lady Stoneheart is evil. And any justice she exacts will feel less than satisfying. I think GRRM and D&D want us to be conflicted like this. They want us to crave revenge but be uncomfortable with the way in which that justice is administered. I think GRRM is trying to make some much deeper points about the nature of violence and revenge.

  • Ms. D. Ranged in AZ,

    Well, at least you agree with me that Lady Stoneheart is evil. :) My theory that some ‘host’ has taken over Catelyn and is using her corpse to sow discord, perhaps connected to the White Walkers/Others is just a wild theory.

  • outdoorcats:
    Jentario,

    My ‘Sullied’ guess : Balon will get the axe next week and we’ll see Yara’s reaction to it.

    But that would just mess with the Unsullied. Why include THAT in a season finale. It would do much better as a season opener, for example. Adding that scene without “completing the cycle” cough Joffrey cough would make it a completely pointless scene that just takes valuable time away from the finale and all the characters viewers actually care about. Also, where would you put that scene?

  • Oh, I just found the one missing track that annoys me the most – the song that plays when Sansa is walking to the altar with Joffrey, which is repeated when Edmure and Roslin say their marriage vows. Hopefully Djawadi continues to use it (it would make a great ‘Sansa’s theme’ on top of a ‘wedding theme’) and it appears on next year’s soundtrack! I’d really love to hear it on its own, it’s gorgeous.

    Jentario,

    I think audiences actually need to be promised in so many words that Joffrey is going to get the axe very, very soon in season 4. Rather than try to play that as a shock. And I feel like there’s plenty of space to let this episode breathe, considering all signs point to the Purple Wedding in S4. I doubt it will feel rushed. Especially if its 70 minutes. Here’s hoping.

  • outdoorcats,

    Wasn’t that the ‘I am hers She is mine’ theme from season 2? I’m not 100%, would need to rewatch those scenes, but I was sure I heard that theme during both scenes you mentioned.

  • Tori Targaryen,

    No, it’s a very different theme, and a GORGEOUS one. Make sure you rewatch that scene (with Sansa). :) I think Roslin and Edmure mixes a little of both themes together.

  • outdoorcats:
    Oh, I just found the one missing track that annoys me the most – the song that plays when Sansa is walking to the altar with Joffrey, which is repeated when Edmure and Roslin say their marriage vows. Hopefully Djawadi continues to use it (it would make a great ‘Sansa’s theme’ on top of a ‘wedding theme’) and it appears on next year’s soundtrack! I’d really love to hear it on its own, it’s gorgeous.

    Jentario,

    I think audiences actually need to be promised in so many words that Joffrey is going to get the axe very, very soon in season 4. Rather than try to play that as a shock. And I feel like there’s plenty of space to let this episode breathe, considering all signs point to the Purple Wedding in S4. I doubt it will feel rushed. Especially if its 70 minutes. Here’s hoping.

    We’ll (likely) have these scenes in the episode (out of order of course):

    – Headswapping.
    – Arya and the Hound escaping as the tents are set on fire.
    – Bolton and Frey having a conversation.
    – Bran and co reaching the Nightfort.
    – Bran meating Sam and co and going through the Black Gate.
    – Dany’s Mhysa scene
    – Likely another Dany scene with her advisors
    – The Lannisters meating to hear the “good news”
    – Tyrion telling Sansa
    – More Kingslanding?
    – Jaime’s reaction
    – Dragonstone (will one be enough?)
    – Theon’s scene
    – Yara’s scene
    – Littlefinger’s scene at the Eyrie (rumored)
    – Jon arriving at Castle Black
    – Probably another Jon scene
    – Maybe an Ygritte and Tormund scene
    – Mance’s scene (rumored)
    – Probably another Arya scene, though it might be merged with…
    – Berric’s scene (you know)

    That seems all over the place to me…

  • Jentario,

    Not killing Joff after Balons death is cannon.We need Daavos to call Bullshit on Melisandre (I count 2 leech deaths not 3). This will spare Gendry’s life

  • Jentario,

    I’m hoping they skip the headswapping. It sickened me in the book, particularly on top of the RW. It’s insult to injury, which I think GRRM meant it to be and the way in which it is interpreted in most cultures. But honestly I wonder how much more the unsullied viewers can take at this point. I know a lot of readers want to see it but I just really, really don’t want to and I don’t think it’s necessary. I’m betting if they do show it, the accusations of “gratuitous violence” will be a whole lot louder and certainly more justified. And one last point, how the heck do they do that graphically without it looking cheesy and stupid in addition to just plain gross.

  • Ms. D. Ranged in AZ:
    Jentario,

    I’m hoping they skip the headswapping.It sickened me in the book, particularly on top of the RW.It’s insult to injury, which I think GRRM meant it to be and the way in which it is interpreted in most cultures.But honestly Iwonder how much more the unsullied viewers can take at this point.I know a lot of readers want to see it but I just really, really don’t want to and I don’t think it’s necessary.I’m betting if they do show it, the accusations of “gratuitous violence” will be a whole lot louder and certainly more justified.And one last point, how the heck do they do that graphically without it looking cheesy and stupid in addition to just plain gross.

    Long ago it was confirmed (by someone who visited the set). All they need to show is Robb Wind sitting on a throne, it doesn’t necessarily need to be gruesome, only really sad (if it looks clean and not all bloody and fleshy). It’s too important an image not to show IMO and I’m sure that as long as it doesn’t end the episode it won’t turn off fans.

  • Tori Targaryen:
    Nic,

    She definitely is. What is dead should stay dead. Just like the old vampires (before Twilight came along) are meant to be horrific creatures, they are dead yet living. In mythology, and ASOIAF is 100% mythology, LS is the mother of vengeance. Just because you might want to see her get revenge, doesn’t mean her living is a good thing.

    Sure, I understand her living is not a good thing. However I’m not sure ‘evil’ is the right word. Even GRRM himself has said in multiple interviews that he is not into the traditional good/evil distinctions in other fantasy literature.

  • outdoorcats:
    Nic,

    Isn’t she? Don’t you think it’s telling that we’ve never had a Catelyn chapter since she was ‘resurrected’? That Thoros tried to warn Beric it was too late and they waited too long to do it? That Catelyn was insane when she died and thought Ned was still alive but Stoneheart isn’t, or at the very least a completely different kind of insane, still aware of what is real and not? Even Catelyn at her most bitter and hateful would never treat Brienne with the coldness, pure cruelty and lack of empathy which she did.

    LS is undeniably cold, cruel and lacking in empathy but I would still be reluctant to call her “pure evil”. Perhaps I just don’t like the word evil. It seems too one dimensional and comic book-like.

  • Nic,
    outdoorcats,

    Well, my personal definition of evil is someone who knows the difference between right and wrong and goes ahead and does the wrong thing to the detriment and injury of others in order to satisfy some deep seated personal desire (notice I don’t say need, because we need to eat, to sleep, to breathe, etc, we don’t need to get revenge). In the case of LS that desire is revenge. In the case of Joffrey and The Boy, it’s sexual and psychological pleasure.

    The use of the term “pure evil” can be pretty subjective. If you mean that someone as I described above is pure evil, okay because this type of character does exist in GRRM’s story and the show. If you mean, which most people do when they use it, that the person never does any good of any kind, then it isn’t accurate in GRRM’s story or the show.

    GRRM obviously doesn’t deny that evil exists (I think one of the D’s said this in a recent interview) but that evil is not as simple as it usually portrayed in fantasy (or most modern drama, for that matter). He would certainly, I think, deny pure evil and pure good exist. And because the term evil is so overly and improperly used, he avoids it.

  • Perhaps ‘pure evil’ was too strong a phrase. My point is, anyway, that Lady Stoneheart has no empathy, and there are arguably many signs to point to the fact she is, for all intents and purposes, *not* Catelyn.

  • Ms. D. Ranged in AZ,

    Its gonna be the first scene of Ep10, to the track Dark Wings, Dark Words, along with more scenes of slaughter and the Stark tents being set on fire. Probably the Hound escaping with Arya too… Sorry :/

  • WompWomp,

    Unfortunately, there is no trace of it on the soundtrack. Perhaps they’ll release it as a bonus track? Here’s hoping…

  • Is it just me, or could “A Lannister Always Pays His Debts” (and its version of Rains) become the new “Lux Aeterna” from “Requiem For A Dream”??? Of course, there is the disadvantage of being the Lannister song…
    The whole album is magnificent, if a little short, easily the best of the 3 and on constant repeat on my iPod. Right up there with the LotR soundtracks.

  • Kind of telling that noone here praises the longer version of “The bear and the maiden fair”. I like the whole album, but this is the one song that I skip most of the time. Surrounded by all the great songs and themes Djawadi composed it does even fit less into Westeros.