If you love Game of Thrones, you know that a huge part of what makes the show so captivating is the music. From the iconic theme song to the dreaded "The Rains of Castamere," composer Ramin Djawadi has spent the past seven seasons carefully honing the show's signature sound.
And now Djawadi is gearing up to take the Game of Thrones music on an international arena tour beginning in May.
The immersive show, Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience, will travel to Europe over the summer, then return to the US in September. A full list of dates and ticket availability can be found here.
1. The first time show creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss showed Djawadi the opening credit footage, he was so inspired he started composing the opening song in his car right after he left.
"The initial melody came to me [and] I hummed it in the car," Djawadi said, "and I fleshed it out later. I rushed back and started writing it."
2. Benioff and Weiss wanted the theme to capture the overall mood of the show. Since so many of the characters travel so much, Djawadi wanted it to "sound like a journey."
3. He decided to use the cello in the main theme because he'd already started composing for the first two episodes of Season 1 when he wrote it, so "the sound of the show was already kind of established."
"The cello was kind of the dominant instrument already. I wanted to represent that in the main title."
4. As characters progress and change on the show, so do their musical themes. Some characters progress so much, Djawadi writes them an entirely new theme.
5. For example, the Stark theme used to be associated with Arya Stark. But now her character has changed so much, she has an entirely new theme that has nothing to do with the signature Stark sound.
"As she’s developed, there’s a whole new theme with her now that has nothing to do with the Stark theme anymore."
6. The most challenging piece Djawadi's composed for the show is Season 6's nearly 10-minute-long song, "Light of the Seven," aka that creepy/gorgeous song that plays under the "Oh shit, run, Cersei's gonna blow up the Sept of Baelor" sequence.
7. It was such an undertaking that he began composing it at the very beginning of the season.
"I normally compose in chronological order, but that one I started on Episode 1. It took a while to write. It’s a very long piece. It was one of the first songs I started composing for Season 6."