Game of Thrones composer Ramin Djawadi “still in denial” after series finale


When people look back at Game of Thrones in 10 years, they’ll laud the superb acting, the excellent writing, and the high production values. But they won’t be able to talk about the show without praising its emotionally charged and hauntingly beautiful scores from Emmy Award-winning composer Ramin Djawadi.

Djawadi has been with the show from the start. Speaking with Variety, he was frank about what he was feeling in the wake of the series finale. “I have to admit I’m still in denial,” he said. “I feel like it’s not over yet. I can’t let go. I never expected this to be such a success in that it would have such an impact on people around the world. It’s been an incredible journey. I’m honored to just have been part of this.”

Each season, the composer had a process that helped him come up with new scores. “I’ll walk around thinking about ‘How am I going to write music to this?’ and putting myself under the pressure of ‘How can I beat myself from the previous season? How can I expand the themes?'”

That process worked, to put it lightly. His favorite composition from season 8 was “The Night King,” the song that played as the king of winter approached Bran Stark in the godswood.

"In the episode, there is so much violence going on for so long we felt that it was a great way to kind of put the brakes on, reset, and start soft and just play it. It’s all over now, this is it."

And that’s exactly what it did: from the light piano in the beginning to the slow build into the crescendo in the end, “The Night King” perfectly encapsulated the dire, bizarre circumstances our heroes found themselves in.

So now that Game of Thrones is over, can fans expect this and other new songs to be part of the upcoming Game of Thrones Live Concert Tour? You’d best believe it.


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According to Djawadi, the Concert Experience will service two different kinds of people. “It’s the super-fans that want to come and just relive the show and re-enjoy all their favorite highlights from the show,” he said. “But then … if there are still a few people in the world that haven’t seen the show, they can come see the concert and get a quick crash course now of the entire seasons 1-8.”

That sounds like something no fan worth their salt should pass up if the opportunity arises. The Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience Tour will begin on September 5 in Syracuse, New York, and will cover 20 cities, with a final stop at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, California on October 5. Get more info here.

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