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Musical themes and leitmotifs in the Game of Thrones soundtracks.

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Game of Thrones main theme

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The Game of Thrones theme is a theme appearing in the Game of Thrones Television Soundtracks. It has appeared the most out of any theme or motif on the Game of Thrones soundtracks and is the main theme of the entire series. The theme most commonly plays and is most known for in the title sequence but also plays throughout other parts of the series (usually during important moments such as finales).

Composition

Ramin Djawadi began composing the music for the show after he had watched the first two episodes of the series that the showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss sent him, and discussed the concepts of the show with them. According to Djawadi, the show creators wanted the main title theme to be about a journey as there are many locations, characters in the show and involves much traveling. After Djawadi had seen the preliminary animated title sequence the visual effect artists were still working on, he was inspired to write the piece. Djawadi said he intended to capture the overall impression of the show with the theme tune. Cello is featured strongly as Benioff and Weiss wanted to avoid the flutes or solo vocals found in many other productions in the fantasy genre so as to give the show a distinctive sound, and Djawadi chose cello as the main instrument for the music as he thought it has a "darker sound" that suited the show.

Djawadi started with a riff and he built the title theme around the riff. The tune begins with the riff played on strings in a minor key, then changed to a major key after 2 bars, and back to minor again. Djawadi said that he wanted to reflect the "backstabbing and conspiracy" and the unpredictability of the show: "... I thought it would be cool to kinda do the same play with the music. So even though the majority of the piece is in minor, there's that little hint of major in there where it kinda switches and then it changes back again." The main melody is then introduced with the cello, joined later by a solo violin that may suggest an interplay between different characters. The melody is then repeated with the entire orchestra. The next section introduces a change in melody, described by Djawadi as giving "a sense of adventure", and continues with a repeat that involves a choir of twenty female voices - recorded in Prague, like the instrumental parts. The title theme ends with a combination of dulcimer and kantele, producing a "shimmery quality" in its sound that Djawadi thought would give a sense of mystery and anticipation for the episode.

The title music is reprised as a global theme in the soundtracks for the series. It may be played occasionally on its own in fragments, sometimes as part of the theme of individual characters or in combination with other pieces of music, and may also be played in large section during particularly important scenes.

A rendition of "The Children" was used in the DVD and Blu-Ray menus for the Season 4 boxset, tying together the themes of Arya, House Stark, and the main titles.

Appearances

Game of Thrones Season 1 appearances
Winter Is Coming The Kingsroad Lord Snow Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things The Wolf and the Lion
A Golden Crown You Win or You Die The Pointy End Baelor Fire and Blood
Game of Thrones Season 2 appearances
The North Remembers The Night Lands What Is Dead May Never Die Garden of Bones The Ghost of Harrenhal
The Old Gods and the New A Man Without Honor The Prince of Winterfell Blackwater Valar Morghulis
Game of Thrones Season 3 appearances
Valar Dohaeris Dark Wings, Dark Words Walk of Punishment And Now His Watch Is Ended Kissed by Fire
The Climb The Bear and the Maiden Fair Second Sons The Rains of Castamere Mhysa
Game of Thrones Season 4 appearances
Two Swords The Lion and the Rose Breaker of Chains Oathkeeper First of His Name
The Laws of Gods and Men Mockingbird The Mountain and the Viper The Watchers on the Wall The Children
Game of Thrones Season 5 appearances
The Wars to Come The House of Black and White High Sparrow Sons of the Harpy Kill the Boy
Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken The Gift Hardhome The Dance of Dragons Mother's Mercy
Game of Thrones Season 6 appearances
The Red Woman Home Oathbreaker Book of the Stranger The Door
Blood of My Blood The Broken Man No One Battle of the Bastards The Winds of Winter
Game of Thrones Season 7 appearances
Dragonstone Stormborn The Queen's Justice The Spoils of War
Eastwatch Beyond the Wall The Dragon and the Wolf
Game of Thrones Season 8 appearances
Winterfell A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms The Long Night
The Last of the Starks The Bells The Iron Throne

Variations

Variations on the Game of Thrones theme include "Main Title" (Season 1), "The Kingsroad", "Jon's Honor", "Game Of Thrones", "Kill Them All", "Victory Does Not Make Us Conquerors", "The Night's Watch", "Finale", "Main Title" (Season 2), "Don't Die With a Clean Sword", "Stand and Fight", "Mother of Dragons", "I Will Keep You Safe", "Three Blasts", "Main Title" (Season 3), "Dark Wings, Dark Words", "I Have to Go North", "The Lannisters Send Their Regards", "Mhysa", "For the Realm", "Main Titles" (Season 4), "Breaker of Chains", "You Are No Son of Mine", "Let's Kill Some Crows", "The Children", "Main Titles" (Season 5), "Blood of the Dragon", "Hardhome, Pt. 1", "Hardhome, Pt. 2", "Dance of Dragons", "Throne For the Game (feat. Bradley Hanan Carter)", "Main Titles" (Season 6), "Blood of My Blood", "Light of the Seven", "My Watch Has Ended", "Hold the Door", "Khaleesi", "Maester", "Trust Each Other", "Winter Has Come", "The Winds of Winter", "Main Titles" (Season 7), "Dragonstone", "Truth", "The Army of the Dead", "Winter Is Here", "Main Title" (Season 8), "Arrival at Winterfell", "Heir to the Throne", "The Battle of Winterfell", "The Long Night, Pt. 1", "The Long Night, Pt. 2", "The Night King", "Dead Before the Dawn", "The Bells", "Into the Fire", "Believe", "Master of War", "The Iron Throne", "The Last of the Starks", and "A Song of Ice and Fire".

Arya's theme

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Arya's theme is a character theme used for Arya Stark, introduced in Season 1. The unique sound was created by the hammered dulcimer. A rendition of "The Children" was used in the DVD and Blu-Ray menus for the Season 4 boxset, tying together the themes of Arya, House Stark, and the main titles.

Appearances

Game of Thrones Season 1 appearances
Winter Is Coming The Kingsroad Lord Snow Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things The Wolf and the Lion
A Golden Crown You Win or You Die The Pointy End Baelor Fire and Blood
Game of Thrones Season 2 appearances
The North Remembers The Night Lands What Is Dead May Never Die Garden of Bones The Ghost of Harrenhal
The Old Gods and the New A Man Without Honor The Prince of Winterfell Blackwater Valar Morghulis
Game of Thrones Season 3 appearances
Valar Dohaeris Dark Wings, Dark Words Walk of Punishment And Now His Watch Is Ended Kissed by Fire
The Climb The Bear and the Maiden Fair Second Sons The Rains of Castamere Mhysa
Game of Thrones Season 4 appearances
Two Swords The Lion and the Rose Breaker of Chains Oathkeeper First of His Name
The Laws of Gods and Men Mockingbird The Mountain and the Viper The Watchers on the Wall The Children
Game of Thrones Season 5 appearances
The Wars to Come The House of Black and White High Sparrow Sons of the Harpy Kill the Boy
Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken The Gift Hardhome The Dance of Dragons Mother's Mercy

Variations

"Things I Do For Love", "The Pointy End", "Valar Morghulis", "The Children", "House of Black and White", "Needle", "A Painless Death", "The Long Night Pt. 1", and "The Last of the Starks".

Cersei's theme

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Cersei's theme is a character theme used for Cersei Lannister, introduced in Season 6. The most notable appearance of the theme was "Light of the Seven." Instruments used for the theme are the piano (first appearance of a piano in the soundtrack of Game of Thrones), an organ, strings and two boy soloists (to evoke Qyburn's little birds).[1]

Appearances

Game of Thrones Season 6 appearances
The Red Woman Home Oathbreaker Book of the Stranger The Door
Blood of My Blood The Broken Man No One Battle of the Bastards The Winds of Winter
Game of Thrones Season 7 appearances
Dragonstone Stormborn The Queen's Justice The Spoils of War
Eastwatch Beyond the Wall The Dragon and the Wolf
Game of Thrones Season 8 appearances
Winterfell A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms The Long Night
The Last of the Starks The Bells The Iron Throne

Variations

"Light of the Seven", "Hear Me Roar", "Spoils of War (Pt. 2)", "The Long Farewell", "A Lion's Legacy", "No One Walks Away from Me", "The Last War", and "For Cersei".

Children of the Forest theme

A theme that represents the Children of the Forest, introduced in Season 4.

Appearances

Game of Thrones Season 4 appearances
Two Swords The Lion and the Rose Breaker of Chains Oathkeeper First of His Name
The Laws of Gods and Men Mockingbird The Mountain and the Viper The Watchers on the Wall The Children

Variations

"He Is Lost"

Conspiracy theme

The conspiracy theme is often used when characters plot against each other[2], first heard in Season 1.

Appearances

Game of Thrones Season 1 appearances
Winter Is Coming The Kingsroad Lord Snow Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things The Wolf and the Lion
A Golden Crown You Win or You Die The Pointy End Baelor Fire and Blood
Game of Thrones Season 2 appearances
The North Remembers The Night Lands What Is Dead May Never Die Garden of Bones The Ghost of Harrenhal
The Old Gods and the New A Man Without Honor The Prince of Winterfell Blackwater Valar Morghulis
Game of Thrones Season 3 appearances
Valar Dohaeris Dark Wings, Dark Words Walk of Punishment And Now His Watch Is Ended Kissed by Fire
The Climb The Bear and the Maiden Fair Second Sons The Rains of Castamere Mhysa
Game of Thrones Season 4 appearances
Two Swords The Lion and the Rose Breaker of Chains Oathkeeper First of His Name
The Laws of Gods and Men Mockingbird The Mountain and the Viper The Watchers on the Wall The Children
Game of Thrones Season 7 appearances
Dragonstone Stormborn The Queen's Justice The Spoils of War
Eastwatch Beyond the Wall The Dragon and the Wolf

Variations

"Await the Kings's Justice", "A Raven from King's Landing", "A Bird Without Feathers", "Black of Hair", "Small Pack of Wolves", "The Throne Is Mine", "Chaos Is a Ladder", "Take Charge of Your Life", "The Dagger".

Daenerys's theme

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A theme that represents Daenerys Targaryen. At the beginning of the first season, it appears together with the Dothraki music. Later it evolves into its own theme. A rendition of "Mother of Dragons" was used in the DVD and Blu-Ray menus for the Season 2 boxset, while Season 5 used "Blood of the Dragon." Daenerys's theme is often combined with the dragon motifs.

Appearances

Game of Thrones Season 1 appearances
Winter Is Coming The Kingsroad Lord Snow Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things The Wolf and the Lion
A Golden Crown You Win or You Die The Pointy End Baelor Fire and Blood
Game of Thrones Season 2 appearances
The North Remembers The Night Lands What Is Dead May Never Die Garden of Bones The Ghost of Harrenhal
The Old Gods and the New A Man Without Honor The Prince of Winterfell Blackwater Valar Morghulis
Game of Thrones Season 3 appearances
Valar Dohaeris Dark Wings, Dark Words Walk of Punishment And Now His Watch Is Ended Kissed by Fire
The Climb The Bear and the Maiden Fair Second Sons The Rains of Castamere Mhysa
Game of Thrones Season 4 appearances
Two Swords The Lion and the Rose Breaker of Chains Oathkeeper First of His Name
The Laws of Gods and Men Mockingbird The Mountain and the Viper The Watchers on the Wall The Children
Game of Thrones Season 5 appearances
The Wars to Come The House of Black and White High Sparrow Sons of the Harpy Kill the Boy
Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken The Gift Hardhome The Dance of Dragons Mother's Mercy
Game of Thrones Season 6 appearances
The Red Woman Home Oathbreaker Book of the Stranger The Door
Blood of My Blood The Broken Man No One Battle of the Bastards The Winds of Winter
Game of Thrones Season 7 appearances
Dragonstone Stormborn The Queen's Justice The Spoils of War
Eastwatch Beyond the Wall The Dragon and the Wolf
Game of Thrones Season 8 appearances
Winterfell A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms The Long Night
The Last of the Starks The Bells The Iron Throne

Variations

"Love in the Eyes", "To Vaes Dothrak", "When The Sun Rises in the West", "Fire and Blood", "Finale", "House of the Undying", "Mother of Dragons", "Dracarys", "Mhysa", "Mereen", "Forgive Me", "Son of the Harpy", "Blood of My Blood", "Khaleesi", "Reign", "The Winds of Winter", "I Need You By My Side", "Spoils of War (Pt. 2)", "Gorgeous Beasts", "Against All Odds", "The Last War" and "The Iron Throne".

Dothraki theme

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A theme that represents the Dothraki, heard in Season 1. The instrument used for the Dothraki sound is the duduk, an Armenian ethnic wood wind instrument.[3]

Appearances

Game of Thrones Season 1 appearances
Winter Is Coming The Kingsroad Lord Snow Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things The Wolf and the Lion
A Golden Crown You Win or You Die The Pointy End Baelor Fire and Blood

Variations

"To Vaes Dothrak"

Dragon motifs

Dragon attack motif

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A motif that plays when the dragons attack, heard first in Season 1. It often appears together with Daenerys's theme. Initially it is used to represent the dragons until more distinct motifs were used from Season 5.

Appearances

Game of Thrones Season 1 appearances
Winter Is Coming The Kingsroad Lord Snow Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things The Wolf and the Lion
A Golden Crown You Win or You Die The Pointy End Baelor Fire and Blood
Game of Thrones Season 2 appearances
The North Remembers The Night Lands What Is Dead May Never Die Garden of Bones The Ghost of Harrenhal
The Old Gods and the New A Man Without Honor The Prince of Winterfell Blackwater Valar Morghulis
Game of Thrones Season 3 appearances
Valar Dohaeris Dark Wings, Dark Words Walk of Punishment And Now His Watch Is Ended Kissed by Fire
The Climb The Bear and the Maiden Fair Second Sons The Rains of Castamere Mhysa
Game of Thrones Season 4 appearances
Two Swords The Lion and the Rose Breaker of Chains Oathkeeper First of His Name
The Laws of Gods and Men Mockingbird The Mountain and the Viper The Watchers on the Wall The Children
Game of Thrones Season 5 appearances
The Wars to Come The House of Black and White High Sparrow Sons of the Harpy Kill the Boy
Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken The Gift Hardhome The Dance of Dragons Mother's Mercy
Game of Thrones Season 6 appearances
The Red Woman Home Oathbreaker Book of the Stranger The Door
Blood of My Blood The Broken Man No One Battle of the Bastards The Winds of Winter
Game of Thrones Season 7 appearances
Dragonstone Stormborn The Queen's Justice The Spoils of War
Eastwatch Beyond the Wall The Dragon and the Wolf
Game of Thrones Season 8 appearances
Winterfell A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms The Long Night
The Last of the Starks The Bells The Iron Throne

Variations

"Love in the Eyes", "Fire and Blood", "Finale", "House of the Undying", "Mother of Dragons", "Dracarys", "Breaker of Chains", "Blood of the Dragon", "Dance of Dragons", "Blood of My Blood", "Reign", "The Winds of Winter", "Dragonstone", "Shall We Begin?", "Spoils of War (Pt. 1)", "Spoils of War (Pt. 2)", "Gorgeous Beasts", "Casterly Rock", "Against All Odds", "Arrival at Winterfell", "Battle for the Skies", "The Last War", "The Iron Throne."

Dragon flight motif

A motif first heard in Season 5 that plays when the dragons are flying. It is usually played as a high-pitched ostinato over a slowed version of the dragon attack motif, which functions as a bass. It is more heroic and uplifting than the darker sounding attack motif.

Appearances

Game of Thrones Season 5 appearances
The Wars to Come The House of Black and White High Sparrow Sons of the Harpy Kill the Boy
Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken The Gift Hardhome The Dance of Dragons Mother's Mercy
Game of Thrones Season 6 appearances
The Red Woman Home Oathbreaker Book of the Stranger The Door
Blood of My Blood The Broken Man No One Battle of the Bastards The Winds of Winter
Game of Thrones Season 7 appearances
Dragonstone Stormborn The Queen's Justice The Spoils of War
Eastwatch Beyond the Wall The Dragon and the Wolf
Game of Thrones Season 8 appearances
Winterfell A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms The Long Night
The Last of the Starks The Bells The Iron Throne

Variations

"Blood of the Dragon", "Dance of Dragons", "Blood of My Blood", "The Winds of Winter," "Dragonstone", "Arrival At Winterfell", "Flight of Dragons", "Battle For The Skies."

Duel theme

A theme often used during duels and one-on-one fights, created for Season 4.

Appearances

Game of Thrones Season 4 appearances
Two Swords The Lion and the Rose Breaker of Chains Oathkeeper First of His Name
The Laws of Gods and Men Mockingbird The Mountain and the Viper The Watchers on the Wall The Children
Game of Thrones Season 6 appearances
The Red Woman Home Oathbreaker Book of the Stranger The Door
Blood of My Blood The Broken Man No One Battle of the Bastards The Winds of Winter

Euron's theme

A theme that represents Euron Greyjoy, introduced in Season 6. A rendition of "Coronation" was used in the DVD and Blu-Ray menus for the Season 6 boxset.

Appearances

Game of Thrones Season 6 appearances
The Red Woman Home Oathbreaker Book of the Stranger The Door
Blood of My Blood The Broken Man No One Battle of the Bastards The Winds of Winter
Game of Thrones Season 7 appearances
Dragonstone Stormborn The Queen's Justice The Spoils of War
Eastwatch Beyond the Wall The Dragon and the Wolf

Variations

"Coronation", "I Am The Storm", "The Gift"

Gregor's theme

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A theme that represents Gregor "the Mountain" Clegane. It was introduced in Season 5.

Appearances

Game of Thrones Season 5 appearances
The Wars to Come The House of Black and White High Sparrow Sons of the Harpy Kill the Boy
Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken The Gift Hardhome The Dance of Dragons Mother's Mercy
Game of Thrones Season 6 appearances
The Red Woman Home Oathbreaker Book of the Stranger The Door
Blood of My Blood The Broken Man No One Battle of the Bastards The Winds of Winter
Game of Thrones Season 7 appearances
Dragonstone Stormborn The Queen's Justice The Spoils of War
Eastwatch Beyond the Wall The Dragon and the Wolf
Game of Thrones Season 8 appearances
Winterfell A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms The Long Night
The Last of the Starks The Bells The Iron Throne

Variations

"I Choose Violence", and "Outside the Gates".

High Sparrow's theme

A theme that represents the High Sparrow and the Faith Militant.

Appearances

Game of Thrones Season 5 appearances
The Wars to Come The House of Black and White High Sparrow Sons of the Harpy Kill the Boy
Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken The Gift Hardhome The Dance of Dragons Mother's Mercy

Variations

"High Sparrow"

Honor theme

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The honor theme was originally used as a theme for Catelyn Stark in Season 1, but later evolved into a theme for Brienne of Tarth.

Appearances

Game of Thrones Season 1 appearances
Winter Is Coming The Kingsroad Lord Snow Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things The Wolf and the Lion
A Golden Crown You Win or You Die The Pointy End Baelor Fire and Blood
Game of Thrones Season 2 appearances
The North Remembers The Night Lands What Is Dead May Never Die Garden of Bones The Ghost of Harrenhal
The Old Gods and the New A Man Without Honor The Prince of Winterfell Blackwater Valar Morghulis
Game of Thrones Season 3 appearances
Valar Dohaeris Dark Wings, Dark Words Walk of Punishment And Now His Watch Is Ended Kissed by Fire
The Climb The Bear and the Maiden Fair Second Sons The Rains of Castamere Mhysa
Game of Thrones Season 4 appearances
Two Swords The Lion and the Rose Breaker of Chains Oathkeeper First of His Name
The Laws of Gods and Men Mockingbird The Mountain and the Viper The Watchers on the Wall The Children
Game of Thrones Season 6 appearances
The Red Woman Home Oathbreaker Book of the Stranger The Door
Blood of My Blood The Broken Man No One Battle of the Bastards The Winds of Winter

Variations

"Black of Hair", "Victory Does Not Make Us Conquerors", "I am Hers, She Is Mine", "The Old Gods and the New", "The Lannisters Send Their Regards", "Oathkeeper", "The Wars to Come", "Feed the Hounds", "A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms", "The White Book", "The Last of the Starks".

Horror motif

A motif that commonly plays during shocking, intense scenes. It was introduced in Season 1.

Appearances

Game of Thrones Season 1 appearances
Winter Is Coming The Kingsroad Lord Snow Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things The Wolf and the Lion
A Golden Crown You Win or You Die The Pointy End Baelor Fire and Blood
Game of Thrones Season 2 appearances
The North Remembers The Night Lands What Is Dead May Never Die Garden of Bones The Ghost of Harrenhal
The Old Gods and the New A Man Without Honor The Prince of Winterfell Blackwater Valar Morghulis
Game of Thrones Season 3 appearances
Valar Dohaeris Dark Wings, Dark Words Walk of Punishment And Now His Watch Is Ended Kissed by Fire
The Climb The Bear and the Maiden Fair Second Sons The Rains of Castamere Mhysa
Game of Thrones Season 4 appearances
Two Swords The Lion and the Rose Breaker of Chains Oathkeeper First of His Name
The Laws of Gods and Men Mockingbird The Mountain and the Viper The Watchers on the Wall The Children
Game of Thrones Season 6 appearances
The Red Woman Home Oathbreaker Book of the Stranger The Door
Blood of My Blood The Broken Man No One Battle of the Bastards The Winds of Winter

Variations

"The Assassin's Dagger"

House Arryn theme

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A theme used to represent House Arryn and the Knights of the Vale, first heard in Season 1.

Appearances

Game of Thrones Season 1 appearances
Winter Is Coming The Kingsroad Lord Snow Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things The Wolf and the Lion
A Golden Crown You Win or You Die The Pointy End Baelor Fire and Blood
Game of Thrones Season 4 appearances
Two Swords The Lion and the Rose Breaker of Chains Oathkeeper First of His Name
The Laws of Gods and Men Mockingbird The Mountain and the Viper The Watchers on the Wall The Children
Game of Thrones Season 6 appearances
The Red Woman Home Oathbreaker Book of the Stranger The Door
Blood of My Blood The Broken Man No One Battle of the Bastards The Winds of Winter

Variations

"Trust Each Other"

House Baratheon theme

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A theme that represents Joffrey, Renly, Shireen and Stannis Baratheon, first heard in Season 1.

Appearances

Game of Thrones Season 1 appearances
Winter Is Coming The Kingsroad Lord Snow Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things The Wolf and the Lion
A Golden Crown You Win or You Die The Pointy End Baelor Fire and Blood
Game of Thrones Season 2 appearances
The North Remembers The Night Lands What Is Dead May Never Die Garden of Bones The Ghost of Harrenhal
The Old Gods and the New A Man Without Honor The Prince of Winterfell Blackwater Valar Morghulis
Game of Thrones Season 3 appearances
Valar Dohaeris Dark Wings, Dark Words Walk of Punishment And Now His Watch Is Ended Kissed by Fire
The Climb The Bear and the Maiden Fair Second Sons The Rains of Castamere Mhysa
Game of Thrones Season 4 appearances
Two Swords The Lion and the Rose Breaker of Chains Oathkeeper First of His Name
The Laws of Gods and Men Mockingbird The Mountain and the Viper The Watchers on the Wall The Children
Game of Thrones Season 5 appearances
The Wars to Come The House of Black and White High Sparrow Sons of the Harpy Kill the Boy
Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken The Gift Hardhome The Dance of Dragons Mother's Mercy
Game of Thrones Season 7 appearances
Dragonstone Stormborn The Queen's Justice The Spoils of War
Eastwatch Beyond the Wall The Dragon and the Wolf

Variations

"You Win Or You Die", "Wildfire", "The Night Is Dark", "Forgive Me", and "Dragonstone".

House Bolton theme

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A theme that represents the Boltons, first heard in Season 3.

Appearances

Game of Thrones Season 3 appearances
Valar Dohaeris Dark Wings, Dark Words Walk of Punishment And Now His Watch Is Ended Kissed by Fire
The Climb The Bear and the Maiden Fair Second Sons The Rains of Castamere Mhysa
Game of Thrones Season 4 appearances
Two Swords The Lion and the Rose Breaker of Chains Oathkeeper First of His Name
The Laws of Gods and Men Mockingbird The Mountain and the Viper The Watchers on the Wall The Children
Game of Thrones Season 5 appearances
The Wars to Come The House of Black and White High Sparrow Sons of the Harpy Kill the Boy
Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken The Gift Hardhome The Dance of Dragons Mother's Mercy
Game of Thrones Season 6 appearances
The Red Woman Home Oathbreaker Book of the Stranger The Door
Blood of My Blood The Broken Man No One Battle of the Bastards The Winds of Winter

Variations

"The Lannisters Send Their Regards", "The Wars to Come", "Let's Play a Game ", and "Bastard".

House Greyjoy theme

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A theme that represents the Greyjoys, introduced in Season 2.

Appearances

Game of Thrones Season 2 appearances
The North Remembers The Night Lands What Is Dead May Never Die Garden of Bones The Ghost of Harrenhal
The Old Gods and the New A Man Without Honor The Prince of Winterfell Blackwater Valar Morghulis
Game of Thrones Season 3 appearances
Valar Dohaeris Dark Wings, Dark Words Walk of Punishment And Now His Watch Is Ended Kissed by Fire
The Climb The Bear and the Maiden Fair Second Sons The Rains of Castamere Mhysa
Game of Thrones Season 4 appearances
Two Swords The Lion and the Rose Breaker of Chains Oathkeeper First of His Name
The Laws of Gods and Men Mockingbird The Mountain and the Viper The Watchers on the Wall The Children

Variations

"What Is Dead May Never Die", "Pay the Iron Price", "I Paid the Iron Price", "Reek", "Kill the Boy", "Coronation", "The Winds of Winter", "I am the Storm", and "Ironborn".

House Lannister theme

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A theme that represents the Lannisters, introduced in Season 2. A deeper, more sombre rendition of "A Lannister Always Pays His Debts" was used in the DVD and Blu-Ray menus for the Season 3 boxset. Similarly, Season 7 featured "The Queen's Justice." The Lannister melody was written around the song "The Rains of Castamere" which appeared multiple times in the books, the source of its lyrics.

Appearances

Game of Thrones Season 2 appearances
The North Remembers The Night Lands What Is Dead May Never Die Garden of Bones The Ghost of Harrenhal
The Old Gods and the New A Man Without Honor The Prince of Winterfell Blackwater Valar Morghulis
Game of Thrones Season 3 appearances
Valar Dohaeris Dark Wings, Dark Words Walk of Punishment And Now His Watch Is Ended Kissed by Fire
The Climb The Bear and the Maiden Fair Second Sons The Rains of Castamere Mhysa
Game of Thrones Season 4 appearances
Two Swords The Lion and the Rose Breaker of Chains Oathkeeper First of His Name
The Laws of Gods and Men Mockingbird The Mountain and the Viper The Watchers on the Wall The Children
Game of Thrones Season 5 appearances
The Wars to Come The House of Black and White High Sparrow Sons of the Harpy Kill the Boy
Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken The Gift Hardhome The Dance of Dragons Mother's Mercy
Game of Thrones Season 6 appearances
The Red Woman Home Oathbreaker Book of the Stranger The Door
Blood of My Blood The Broken Man No One Battle of the Bastards The Winds of Winter
Game of Thrones Season 7 appearances
Dragonstone Stormborn The Queen's Justice The Spoils of War
Eastwatch Beyond the Wall The Dragon and the Wolf
Game of Thrones Season 8 appearances
Winterfell A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms The Long Night
The Last of the Starks The Bells The Iron Throne

Variations

"One More Drink Before the War", "Stand and Fight", "I Will Keep You Safe", "The Rains of Castamere" (Season 2), "A Lannister Always Pays His Debts", "The Rains of Castamere" (Season 4), "Two Swords", "You Are No Son of Mine", "Mother's Mercy", "Atonement", "Hear Me Roar", "The Queen's Justice", "Spoils of War (Pt. 1)", "Spoils of War (Pt. 2)", "Casterly Rock", "A Lion's Legacy", "Message for Cersei", "The Rains of Castamere" (Season 8), "Outside the Gates", "For Cersei", and "Nothing Else Matters".

House Martell theme

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A theme that represents House Martell and later the Sand Snakes, introduced in Season 5.

Appearances

Game of Thrones Season 4 appearances
Two Swords The Lion and the Rose Breaker of Chains Oathkeeper First of His Name
The Laws of Gods and Men Mockingbird The Mountain and the Viper The Watchers on the Wall The Children
Game of Thrones Season 5 appearances
The Wars to Come The House of Black and White High Sparrow Sons of the Harpy Kill the Boy
Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken The Gift Hardhome The Dance of Dragons Mother's Mercy
Game of Thrones Season 6 appearances
The Red Woman Home Oathbreaker Book of the Stranger The Door
Blood of My Blood The Broken Man No One Battle of the Bastards The Winds of Winter
Game of Thrones Season 7 appearances
Dragonstone Stormborn The Queen's Justice The Spoils of War
Eastwatch Beyond the Wall The Dragon and the Wolf

Variations

"Jaws of the Viper", "Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken", "I am the Storm", and "The Gift".

House Stark theme

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A theme that represents the Starks, introduced in Season 1. A rendition of "The Children" was used in the DVD and Blu-Ray menus for the Season 4 boxset, tying together the themes of Arya, House Stark, and the main titles. The menu of Season 8 featured a shorter version of "The Last of the Starks."

Appearances

Game of Thrones Season 1 appearances
Winter Is Coming The Kingsroad Lord Snow Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things The Wolf and the Lion
A Golden Crown You Win or You Die The Pointy End Baelor Fire and Blood
Game of Thrones Season 2 appearances
The North Remembers The Night Lands What Is Dead May Never Die Garden of Bones The Ghost of Harrenhal
The Old Gods and the New A Man Without Honor The Prince of Winterfell Blackwater Valar Morghulis
Game of Thrones Season 3 appearances
Valar Dohaeris Dark Wings, Dark Words Walk of Punishment And Now His Watch Is Ended Kissed by Fire
The Climb The Bear and the Maiden Fair Second Sons The Rains of Castamere Mhysa
Game of Thrones Season 4 appearances
Two Swords The Lion and the Rose Breaker of Chains Oathkeeper First of His Name
The Laws of Gods and Men Mockingbird The Mountain and the Viper The Watchers on the Wall The Children
Game of Thrones Season 5 appearances
The Wars to Come The House of Black and White High Sparrow Sons of the Harpy Kill the Boy
Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken The Gift Hardhome The Dance of Dragons Mother's Mercy
Game of Thrones Season 6 appearances
The Red Woman Home Oathbreaker Book of the Stranger The Door
Blood of My Blood The Broken Man No One Battle of the Bastards The Winds of Winter
Game of Thrones Season 7 appearances
Dragonstone Stormborn The Queen's Justice The Spoils of War
Eastwatch Beyond the Wall The Dragon and the Wolf
Game of Thrones Season 8 appearances
Winterfell A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms The Long Night
The Last of the Starks The Bells The Iron Throne

Variations

"Goodbye Brother", "Winter Is Coming", "Jon's Honor", "Kill Them All", "Victory Does Not Male Us Conquerors", King of the North", "What Is Dead May Never Die", "Winterfell", "I Have to Go North", "The Lannisters Send Their Regards", "Heir to Winterfell", "Two Swords", "The North Remembers", "Take Charge of Your Life", "The Children", "The Wars to Come", "Hold the Door", "Trust Each Other", "Winter Has Come", "The Tower", "A Game I Like to Play", "Home", "Arrival at Winterfell", "Believe", "Break the Wheel", and "The Last of Starks".

House Tyrell theme

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A theme that represents House Tyrell, introduced in Season 2.

Appearances

Game of Thrones Season 2 appearances
The North Remembers The Night Lands What Is Dead May Never Die Garden of Bones The Ghost of Harrenhal
The Old Gods and the New A Man Without Honor The Prince of Winterfell Blackwater Valar Morghulis
Game of Thrones Season 6 appearances
The Red Woman Home Oathbreaker Book of the Stranger The Door
Blood of My Blood The Broken Man No One Battle of the Bastards The Winds of Winter

Variations

"Service of the Gods"

Jaime's theme

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A theme used for Jaime Lannister that evolved with his redemption arc, beginning in Season 3.

Appearances

Game of Thrones Season 1 appearances
Winter Is Coming The Kingsroad Lord Snow Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things The Wolf and the Lion
A Golden Crown You Win or You Die The Pointy End Baelor Fire and Blood
Game of Thrones Season 3 appearances
Valar Dohaeris Dark Wings, Dark Words Walk of Punishment And Now His Watch Is Ended Kissed by Fire
The Climb The Bear and the Maiden Fair Second Sons The Rains of Castamere Mhysa
Game of Thrones Season 4 appearances
Two Swords The Lion and the Rose Breaker of Chains Oathkeeper First of His Name
The Laws of Gods and Men Mockingbird The Mountain and the Viper The Watchers on the Wall The Children
Game of Thrones Season 6 appearances
The Red Woman Home Oathbreaker Book of the Stranger The Door
Blood of My Blood The Broken Man No One Battle of the Bastards The Winds of Winter
Game of Thrones Season 7 appearances
Dragonstone Stormborn The Queen's Justice The Spoils of War
Eastwatch Beyond the Wall The Dragon and the Wolf

Variations

"A Bird Without Feathers", "Kingslayer", "I Only See What Matters", "Jaws of the Viper"

Jaqen's theme

Jaqen's theme is a theme that was used as a character theme for Jaqen H'ghar. It is first heard in in Season 2.

Appearances

Game of Thrones Season 2 appearances
The North Remembers The Night Lands What Is Dead May Never Die Garden of Bones The Ghost of Harrenhal
The Old Gods and the New A Man Without Honor The Prince of Winterfell Blackwater Valar Morghulis
Game of Thrones Season 3 appearances
Valar Dohaeris Dark Wings, Dark Words Walk of Punishment And Now His Watch Is Ended Kissed by Fire
The Climb The Bear and the Maiden Fair Second Sons The Rains of Castamere Mhysa
Game of Thrones Season 4 appearances
Two Swords The Lion and the Rose Breaker of Chains Oathkeeper First of His Name
The Laws of Gods and Men Mockingbird The Mountain and the Viper The Watchers on the Wall The Children

Variations

"Valar Morghulis", "House of Black and White", and "A Painless Death"

Jon and Daenerys's theme

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The Jon and Daenerys theme is a theme that represents Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen's relationship with each other, first heard in Season 7. The theme contains elements of Daenerys and Drogo's theme (Love In The Eyes) and Jon and Ygritte's theme (You Know Nothing). These are both of the characters' previous love themes.

Appearances

Game of Thrones Season 7 appearances
Dragonstone Stormborn The Queen's Justice The Spoils of War
Eastwatch Beyond the Wall The Dragon and the Wolf
Game of Thrones Season 8 appearances
Winterfell A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms The Long Night
The Last of the Starks The Bells The Iron Throne

Variations

"Dragonglass", "Gorgeous Beasts", "Against All Odds", "See You for What You Are", "Truth", "Flight of Dragons", "Stay a Thousand Years", "Be with Me", "The Iron Throne", and "You Have a Choice".

Jon and Ygritte's theme

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The Jon and Ygritte theme is a theme that represents Jon Snow and Ygritte's relationship with each other, first heard in Season 3.

Appearances

Game of Thrones Season 3 appearances
Valar Dohaeris Dark Wings, Dark Words Walk of Punishment And Now His Watch Is Ended Kissed by Fire
The Climb The Bear and the Maiden Fair Second Sons The Rains of Castamere Mhysa
Game of Thrones Season 4 appearances
Two Swords The Lion and the Rose Breaker of Chains Oathkeeper First of His Name
The Laws of Gods and Men Mockingbird The Mountain and the Viper The Watchers on the Wall The Children

Variations

"You Know Nothing"

Jon Snow's theme

Jon Snow's theme is a theme that was used as a character theme for Jon after his resurrection in Season 6.[4]

Appearances

Game of Thrones Season 6 appearances
The Red Woman Home Oathbreaker Book of the Stranger The Door
Blood of My Blood The Broken Man No One Battle of the Bastards The Winds of Winter
Game of Thrones Season 7 appearances
Dragonstone Stormborn The Queen's Justice The Spoils of War
Eastwatch Beyond the Wall The Dragon and the Wolf

Variations

"My Watch Has Ended", "Let's Play a Game", "Bastard", and "Against All Odds".

Lord of Light theme

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A theme that is used to represent the Lord of Light religion, introduced in Season 2.

Appearances

Game of Thrones Season 2 appearances
The North Remembers The Night Lands What Is Dead May Never Die Garden of Bones The Ghost of Harrenhal
The Old Gods and the New A Man Without Honor The Prince of Winterfell Blackwater Valar Morghulis
Game of Thrones Season 3 appearances
Valar Dohaeris Dark Wings, Dark Words Walk of Punishment And Now His Watch Is Ended Kissed by Fire
The Climb The Bear and the Maiden Fair Second Sons The Rains of Castamere Mhysa
Game of Thrones Season 4 appearances
Two Swords The Lion and the Rose Breaker of Chains Oathkeeper First of His Name
The Laws of Gods and Men Mockingbird The Mountain and the Viper The Watchers on the Wall The Children
Game of Thrones Season 5 appearances
The Wars to Come The House of Black and White High Sparrow Sons of the Harpy Kill the Boy
Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken The Gift Hardhome The Dance of Dragons Mother's Mercy
Game of Thrones Season 6 appearances
The Red Woman Home Oathbreaker Book of the Stranger The Door
Blood of My Blood The Broken Man No One Battle of the Bastards The Winds of Winter
Game of Thrones Season 8 appearances
Winterfell A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms The Long Night
The Last of the Starks The Bells The Iron Throne

Variations

"Warrior of Light", "Don't Die With a Clean Sword", "Stand and Fight", "The Night Is Dark", "Kneel for No Man", "The Wars to Come", "Forgive Me", "The Red Woman", "Lord of Light", "The Battle of Winterfell", "The Dead Are Already Here", and "Dead Before the Dawn".

Love theme

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The love theme was used in scenes for couples like Robb and Talisa, Tyrion and Shae or Jaime and Brienne. A distorted version ("Before The Old Gods") was used in the wedding scene of Sansa and Ramsay Bolton. It was introduced in Season 2.

Appearances

Game of Thrones Season 2 appearances
The North Remembers The Night Lands What Is Dead May Never Die Garden of Bones The Ghost of Harrenhal
The Old Gods and the New A Man Without Honor The Prince of Winterfell Blackwater Valar Morghulis
Game of Thrones Season 3 appearances
Valar Dohaeris Dark Wings, Dark Words Walk of Punishment And Now His Watch Is Ended Kissed by Fire
The Climb The Bear and the Maiden Fair Second Sons The Rains of Castamere Mhysa
Game of Thrones Season 4 appearances
Two Swords The Lion and the Rose Breaker of Chains Oathkeeper First of His Name
The Laws of Gods and Men Mockingbird The Mountain and the Viper The Watchers on the Wall The Children
Game of Thrones Season 5 appearances
The Wars to Come The House of Black and White High Sparrow Sons of the Harpy Kill the Boy
Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken The Gift Hardhome The Dance of Dragons Mother's Mercy
Game of Thrones Season 8 appearances
Winterfell A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms The Long Night
The Last of the Starks The Bells The Iron Throne

Variations

"I am Hers, She Is Mine", "The Lannisters Send Their Regards", "Before the Old Gods", "Break the Wheel", "The White Book"

Grey Worm and Missandei's theme

A theme that represents the relationship between Grey Worm and Missandei, introduced in Season 4.

Appearances

Game of Thrones Season 4 appearances
Two Swords The Lion and the Rose Breaker of Chains Oathkeeper First of His Name
The Laws of Gods and Men Mockingbird The Mountain and the Viper The Watchers on the Wall The Children
Game of Thrones Season 5 appearances
The Wars to Come The House of Black and White High Sparrow Sons of the Harpy Kill the Boy
Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken The Gift Hardhome The Dance of Dragons Mother's Mercy
Game of Thrones Season 7 appearances
Dragonstone Stormborn The Queen's Justice The Spoils of War
Eastwatch Beyond the Wall The Dragon and the Wolf

Variations

"I'm Sorry for Today"

Night King's motif

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The Night King's motif is a small motif played whenever the Night King is on screen. It consists of slow and sharp woodwind notes. The motif is meant to be menacing, like the Night King himself. The motif was first heard during Season 4.

Appearances

Game of Thrones Season 4 appearances
Two Swords The Lion and the Rose Breaker of Chains Oathkeeper First of His Name
The Laws of Gods and Men Mockingbird The Mountain and the Viper The Watchers on the Wall The Children
Game of Thrones Season 5 appearances
The Wars to Come The House of Black and White High Sparrow Sons of the Harpy Kill the Boy
Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken The Gift Hardhome The Dance of Dragons Mother's Mercy
Game of Thrones Season 6 appearances
The Red Woman Home Oathbreaker Book of the Stranger The Door
Blood of My Blood The Broken Man No One Battle of the Bastards The Winds of Winter
Game of Thrones Season 7 appearances
Dragonstone Stormborn The Queen's Justice The Spoils of War
Eastwatch Beyond the Wall The Dragon and the Wolf
Game of Thrones Season 8 appearances
Winterfell A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms The Long Night
The Last of the Starks The Bells The Iron Throne

Variations

"Hardhome, Pt. 2" and "Hold the Door".

Night's Watch theme

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This theme represents the Night's Watch and the Wall. It was introduced in Season 1

Appearances

Game of Thrones Season 1 appearances
Winter Is Coming The Kingsroad Lord Snow Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things The Wolf and the Lion
A Golden Crown You Win or You Die The Pointy End Baelor Fire and Blood
Game of Thrones Season 2 appearances
The North Remembers The Night Lands What Is Dead May Never Die Garden of Bones The Ghost of Harrenhal
The Old Gods and the New A Man Without Honor The Prince of Winterfell Blackwater Valar Morghulis
Game of Thrones Season 3 appearances
Valar Dohaeris Dark Wings, Dark Words Walk of Punishment And Now His Watch Is Ended Kissed by Fire
The Climb The Bear and the Maiden Fair Second Sons The Rains of Castamere Mhysa
Game of Thrones Season 4 appearances
Two Swords The Lion and the Rose Breaker of Chains Oathkeeper First of His Name
The Laws of Gods and Men Mockingbird The Mountain and the Viper The Watchers on the Wall The Children

Variations

"The Wall", "Jon's Honor", "The Night's Watch", "We Are the Watchers on the Wall", "Wall of Ice", "Watchers on the Wall", "The Biggest Fire the North Has Ever Seen", "Craster's Keep", and "I Dreamt I Was Old".

Prophecy theme

A theme that plays during scenes relating to the prophecy about Daenerys Targaryen made by Mirri Maz Duur. It was first heard in Season 1.

Appearances

Game of Thrones Season 1 appearances
Winter Is Coming The Kingsroad Lord Snow Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things The Wolf and the Lion
A Golden Crown You Win or You Die The Pointy End Baelor Fire and Blood
Game of Thrones Season 2 appearances
The North Remembers The Night Lands What Is Dead May Never Die Garden of Bones The Ghost of Harrenhal
The Old Gods and the New A Man Without Honor The Prince of Winterfell Blackwater Valar Morghulis

Variations

"When the Sun Rises in the West", "House of the Undying"

Ramsay's theme

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A theme that represents Ramsay Bolton, introduced in Season 3.

Appearances

Game of Thrones Season 3 appearances
Valar Dohaeris Dark Wings, Dark Words Walk of Punishment And Now His Watch Is Ended Kissed by Fire
The Climb The Bear and the Maiden Fair Second Sons The Rains of Castamere Mhysa
Game of Thrones Season 4 appearances
Two Swords The Lion and the Rose Breaker of Chains Oathkeeper First of His Name
The Laws of Gods and Men Mockingbird The Mountain and the Viper The Watchers on the Wall The Children

Variations

"Reek", "Feed the Hounds", and "Let's Play a Game"

Red Wedding motif

A motif unique to the Red Wedding massacre, found in Season 3.

Appearances

Game of Thrones Season 3 appearances
Valar Dohaeris Dark Wings, Dark Words Walk of Punishment And Now His Watch Is Ended Kissed by Fire
The Climb The Bear and the Maiden Fair Second Sons The Rains of Castamere Mhysa

Variations

"The Lannisters Send Their Regards"

Royal theme

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The Royal theme is originally used as a theme for King Robert Baratheon in Season 1. Later, it is used for other Kings or people who have a claim to the throne, for example in Season 8, when Sam reveals to Jon that he is a Targaryen and the true king. A rendition of "The King's Arrival" was used in the DVD and Blu-Ray menus for the Season 1 boxset.

Appearances

Game of Thrones Season 1 appearances
Winter Is Coming The Kingsroad Lord Snow Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things The Wolf and the Lion
A Golden Crown You Win or You Die The Pointy End Baelor Fire and Blood
Game of Thrones Season 2 appearances
The North Remembers The Night Lands What Is Dead May Never Die Garden of Bones The Ghost of Harrenhal
The Old Gods and the New A Man Without Honor The Prince of Winterfell Blackwater Valar Morghulis
Game of Thrones Season 3 appearances
Valar Dohaeris Dark Wings, Dark Words Walk of Punishment And Now His Watch Is Ended Kissed by Fire
The Climb The Bear and the Maiden Fair Second Sons The Rains of Castamere Mhysa
Game of Thrones Season 4 appearances
Two Swords The Lion and the Rose Breaker of Chains Oathkeeper First of His Name
The Laws of Gods and Men Mockingbird The Mountain and the Viper The Watchers on the Wall The Children
Game of Thrones Season 6 appearances
The Red Woman Home Oathbreaker Book of the Stranger The Door
Blood of My Blood The Broken Man No One Battle of the Bastards The Winds of Winter

Variations

"The King's Arrival", "You'll Be Queen One Day", "You Win Or You Die", "The Throne Is Mine", "Wildfire", "First of His Name", "Service of the Gods", "Arrival at Winterfell", "Heir to the Throne", and "Break the Wheel".

Samwell's theme

A theme introduced in Season 6 for the character Samwell Tarly.

Appearances

Game of Thrones Season 6 appearances
The Red Woman Home Oathbreaker Book of the Stranger The Door
Blood of My Blood The Broken Man No One Battle of the Bastards The Winds of Winter
Game of Thrones Season 7 appearances
Dragonstone Stormborn The Queen's Justice The Spoils of War
Eastwatch Beyond the Wall The Dragon and the Wolf

Variations

"Maester"

Sandor's theme

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A theme that represents Sandor "the Hound" Clegane, introduced in Season 2.

Appearances

Game of Thrones Season 2 appearances
The North Remembers The Night Lands What Is Dead May Never Die Garden of Bones The Ghost of Harrenhal
The Old Gods and the New A Man Without Honor The Prince of Winterfell Blackwater Valar Morghulis
Game of Thrones Season 3 appearances
Valar Dohaeris Dark Wings, Dark Words Walk of Punishment And Now His Watch Is Ended Kissed by Fire
The Climb The Bear and the Maiden Fair Second Sons The Rains of Castamere Mhysa
Game of Thrones Season 4 appearances
Two Swords The Lion and the Rose Breaker of Chains Oathkeeper First of His Name
The Laws of Gods and Men Mockingbird The Mountain and the Viper The Watchers on the Wall The Children

Variations

"Oathkeeper"

Sons of the Harpy theme

A theme that represents the Sons of the Harpy, introduced in Season 5.

Appearances

Game of Thrones Season 5 appearances
The Wars to Come The House of Black and White High Sparrow Sons of the Harpy Kill the Boy
Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken The Gift Hardhome The Dance of Dragons Mother's Mercy
Game of Thrones Season 6 appearances
The Red Woman Home Oathbreaker Book of the Stranger The Door
Blood of My Blood The Broken Man No One Battle of the Bastards The Winds of Winter

Variations

"Sons of the Harpy"

Targaryen legacy theme

A theme heard when characters discuss the legacy of House Targaryen. It is first heard in Season 1.

Appearances

Game of Thrones Season 1 appearances
Winter Is Coming The Kingsroad Lord Snow Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things The Wolf and the Lion
A Golden Crown You Win or You Die The Pointy End Baelor Fire and Blood
Game of Thrones Season 8 appearances
Winterfell A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms The Long Night
The Last of the Starks The Bells The Iron Throne

Variations

"Break The Wheel"

Tyrion's theme

A theme that represents Tyrion Lannister in Season 4.

Appearances

Game of Thrones Season 4 appearances
Two Swords The Lion and the Rose Breaker of Chains Oathkeeper First of His Name
The Laws of Gods and Men Mockingbird The Mountain and the Viper The Watchers on the Wall The Children

Viserys's theme

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Viserys's theme is a theme for Viserys Targaryen in Season 1 and 2.

Appearances

Game of Thrones Season 1 appearances
Winter Is Coming The Kingsroad Lord Snow Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things The Wolf and the Lion
A Golden Crown You Win or You Die The Pointy End Baelor Fire and Blood
Game of Thrones Season 2 appearances
The North Remembers The Night Lands What Is Dead May Never Die Garden of Bones The Ghost of Harrenhal
The Old Gods and the New A Man Without Honor The Prince of Winterfell Blackwater Valar Morghulis

Variations

"A Golden Crown"

White Walker motifs

White Walker arrival motif

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The White Walker arrival motif is a longer motif that usually plays whenever a White Walkers arrives.

Appearances

Game of Thrones Season 3 appearances
Valar Dohaeris Dark Wings, Dark Words Walk of Punishment And Now His Watch Is Ended Kissed by Fire
The Climb The Bear and the Maiden Fair Second Sons The Rains of Castamere Mhysa
Game of Thrones Season 5 appearances
The Wars to Come The House of Black and White High Sparrow Sons of the Harpy Kill the Boy
Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken The Gift Hardhome The Dance of Dragons Mother's Mercy
Game of Thrones Season 7 appearances
Dragonstone Stormborn The Queen's Justice The Spoils of War
Eastwatch Beyond the Wall The Dragon and the Wolf

Variations

"White Walkers", "Hardhome, Pt. 1", and "Against All Odds".

White Walker fight motif

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The White Walker fight motif is a repeating motif that plays whenever someone fights a White Walker. It is usually played on a deep drum but is also sometimes played by a low piano.

Appearances

Game of Thrones Season 5 appearances
The Wars to Come The House of Black and White High Sparrow Sons of the Harpy Kill the Boy
Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken The Gift Hardhome The Dance of Dragons Mother's Mercy
Game of Thrones Season 6 appearances
The Red Woman Home Oathbreaker Book of the Stranger The Door
Blood of My Blood The Broken Man No One Battle of the Bastards The Winds of Winter

Variations

"Hardhome, Pt. 1" and "Hold the Door".

White Walker horror motif

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The White Walker horror motif is a longer motif usually played when the sheer size and horror of the Army of the Dead is shown.

Appearances

Game of Thrones Season 5 appearances
The Wars to Come The House of Black and White High Sparrow Sons of the Harpy Kill the Boy
Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken The Gift Hardhome The Dance of Dragons Mother's Mercy
Game of Thrones Season 7 appearances
Dragonstone Stormborn The Queen's Justice The Spoils of War
Eastwatch Beyond the Wall The Dragon and the Wolf

Variations

"Hardhome, Pt. 2".

White Walker march

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The White Walker march is a theme that usually appears during scenes with the Army of the Dead. The theme is very march like during some scenes and very fast and scary in others. It is actually just a darker rendition of the Game of Thrones theme. This could symbolize that the White Walkers are at the center of the show and its plot.

Appearances

Game of Thrones Season 2 appearances
The North Remembers The Night Lands What Is Dead May Never Die Garden of Bones The Ghost of Harrenhal
The Old Gods and the New A Man Without Honor The Prince of Winterfell Blackwater Valar Morghulis
Game of Thrones Season 3 appearances
Valar Dohaeris Dark Wings, Dark Words Walk of Punishment And Now His Watch Is Ended Kissed by Fire
The Climb The Bear and the Maiden Fair Second Sons The Rains of Castamere Mhysa
Game of Thrones Season 4 appearances
Two Swords The Lion and the Rose Breaker of Chains Oathkeeper First of His Name
The Laws of Gods and Men Mockingbird The Mountain and the Viper The Watchers on the Wall The Children
Game of Thrones Season 5 appearances
The Wars to Come The House of Black and White High Sparrow Sons of the Harpy Kill the Boy
Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken The Gift Hardhome The Dance of Dragons Mother's Mercy
Game of Thrones Season 6 appearances
The Red Woman Home Oathbreaker Book of the Stranger The Door
Blood of My Blood The Broken Man No One Battle of the Bastards The Winds of Winter
Game of Thrones Season 7 appearances
Dragonstone Stormborn The Queen's Justice The Spoils of War
Eastwatch Beyond the Wall The Dragon and the Wolf

Variations

"Three Blasts", "White Walkers", "Hardhome, Pt. 1", "Hardhome, Pt. 2", "Hold the Door", and "Against All Odds".

White Walker power motif

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The White Walker power motif is a repeating motif that shows the White Walkers' power. It is arguably the most powerful of the White Walker themes and motifs and is the only one to include choir.

Appearances

Game of Thrones Season 7 appearances
Dragonstone Stormborn The Queen's Justice The Spoils of War
Eastwatch Beyond the Wall The Dragon and the Wolf
Game of Thrones Season 8 appearances
Winterfell A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms The Long Night
The Last of the Starks The Bells The Iron Throne

Variations

"Against All Odds", "The Army of the Dead", "Battle for the Skies", "The Long Night, Pt. 1", and "The Long Night, Pt. 2".

White Walker resurrection motif

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The White Walker resurrection motif is a repeating motif that mostly appears whenever the Night King resurrects someone into a Wight or transforms someone into a White Walker. Church bells often play with this motif.

Appearances

Game of Thrones Season 4 appearances
Two Swords The Lion and the Rose Breaker of Chains Oathkeeper First of His Name
The Laws of Gods and Men Mockingbird The Mountain and the Viper The Watchers on the Wall The Children
Game of Thrones Season 5 appearances
The Wars to Come The House of Black and White High Sparrow Sons of the Harpy Kill the Boy
Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken The Gift Hardhome The Dance of Dragons Mother's Mercy
Game of Thrones Season 7 appearances
Dragonstone Stormborn The Queen's Justice The Spoils of War
Eastwatch Beyond the Wall The Dragon and the Wolf
Game of Thrones Season 8 appearances
Winterfell A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms The Long Night
The Last of the Starks The Bells The Iron Throne

Variations

"Hardhome, Pt. 2".


Variations

"North of the Wall", "The Night's Watch", "Three Blasts", "White Walkers", "Hardhome, Pt. 1", "Hardhome, Pt. 2", "Hold the Door", "Dragonglass", "Against All Odds", and "The Army of the Dead".

White Walkers approaching motif

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The White Walkers approaching motif is a small motif that plays when the Army of the Dead is approaching. The motif sounds like a ticking clock, which symbolizes the Army of the Dead quickly approaching.

Appearances

Game of Thrones Season 5 appearances
The Wars to Come The House of Black and White High Sparrow Sons of the Harpy Kill the Boy
Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken The Gift Hardhome The Dance of Dragons Mother's Mercy
Game of Thrones Season 6 appearances
The Red Woman Home Oathbreaker Book of the Stranger The Door
Blood of My Blood The Broken Man No One Battle of the Bastards The Winds of Winter
Game of Thrones Season 7 appearances
Dragonstone Stormborn The Queen's Justice The Spoils of War
Eastwatch Beyond the Wall The Dragon and the Wolf
Game of Thrones Season 8 appearances
Winterfell A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms The Long Night
The Last of the Starks The Bells The Iron Throne

Variations

"Hardhome, Pt. 1", "Hold the Door", "The Army of the Dead", "The Dead are Already Here", "Battle for the Skies", "The Long Night, Pt. 1", and "The Long Night, Pt. 2".

Wight killing motif

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The wight killing motif is a repeating motif that has played in two occurrences of wight killing. The motif is similar to the White Walker fight motif but adds a few more notes.

Appearances

Game of Thrones Season 6 appearances
The Red Woman Home Oathbreaker Book of the Stranger The Door
Blood of My Blood The Broken Man No One Battle of the Bastards The Winds of Winter
Game of Thrones Season 7 appearances
Dragonstone Stormborn The Queen's Justice The Spoils of War
Eastwatch Beyond the Wall The Dragon and the Wolf

White Walker theme

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The White Walker theme is a four note theme that appears whenever the White Walkers are seen or mentioned. It is the first theme ever played on Game of Thrones. The theme is a very slow one that starts out very quiet in the first season but builds to be very loud and powerful by the seventh season.

Appearances

Game of Thrones Season 1 appearances
Winter Is Coming The Kingsroad Lord Snow Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things The Wolf and the Lion
A Golden Crown You Win or You Die The Pointy End Baelor Fire and Blood
Game of Thrones Season 2 appearances
The North Remembers The Night Lands What Is Dead May Never Die Garden of Bones The Ghost of Harrenhal
The Old Gods and the New A Man Without Honor The Prince of Winterfell Blackwater Valar Morghulis
Game of Thrones Season 3 appearances
Valar Dohaeris Dark Wings, Dark Words Walk of Punishment And Now His Watch Is Ended Kissed by Fire
The Climb The Bear and the Maiden Fair Second Sons The Rains of Castamere Mhysa
Game of Thrones Season 4 appearances
Two Swords The Lion and the Rose Breaker of Chains Oathkeeper First of His Name
The Laws of Gods and Men Mockingbird The Mountain and the Viper The Watchers on the Wall The Children
Game of Thrones Season 5 appearances
The Wars to Come The House of Black and White High Sparrow Sons of the Harpy Kill the Boy
Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken The Gift Hardhome The Dance of Dragons Mother's Mercy
Game of Thrones Season 6 appearances
The Red Woman Home Oathbreaker Book of the Stranger The Door
Blood of My Blood The Broken Man No One Battle of the Bastards The Winds of Winter
Game of Thrones Season 7 appearances
Dragonstone Stormborn The Queen's Justice The Spoils of War
Eastwatch Beyond the Wall The Dragon and the Wolf

The Night King's theme

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The Night King's theme is a theme that represents the Night King, introduced in Season 8. Its full rendition, "The Night King" is the third track across the soundtrack of all eight seasons that uses the piano (after "Light of the Seven" and "Winter Is Here").

Appearances

Game of Thrones Season 8 appearances
Winterfell A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms The Long Night
The Last of the Starks The Bells The Iron Throne

Variations

"The Night King", "Not Today", and "Farewell"

Thenns theme

A theme that represents the Thenns, heard in Season 4.

Appearances

Game of Thrones Season 4 appearances
Two Swords The Lion and the Rose Breaker of Chains Oathkeeper First of His Name
The Laws of Gods and Men Mockingbird The Mountain and the Viper The Watchers on the Wall The Children

Variations

"Watchers on the Wall", Thenns", and "Let's Kill Some Crows".

Three-Eyed Raven's theme

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A theme that represents the Three-Eyed Raven, introduced in Season 3 and 4.

Appearances

Game of Thrones Season 3 appearances
Valar Dohaeris Dark Wings, Dark Words Walk of Punishment And Now His Watch Is Ended Kissed by Fire
The Climb The Bear and the Maiden Fair Second Sons The Rains of Castamere Mhysa
Game of Thrones Season 4 appearances
Two Swords The Lion and the Rose Breaker of Chains Oathkeeper First of His Name
The Laws of Gods and Men Mockingbird The Mountain and the Viper The Watchers on the Wall The Children

Variations

"Three Eyed Raven", "Hodor"

Undying theme

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A theme used to represent the Undying of Qarth, specifically Pyat Pree, heard in Season 2.

Appearances

Game of Thrones Season 2 appearances
The North Remembers The Night Lands What Is Dead May Never Die Garden of Bones The Ghost of Harrenhal
The Old Gods and the New A Man Without Honor The Prince of Winterfell Blackwater Valar Morghulis

Variations

"Qarth", "Pyat Pree", "House of the Undying"

Unsullied theme

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A theme that represents the Unsullied, introduced in Season 3.

Appearances

Game of Thrones Season 3 appearances
Valar Dohaeris Dark Wings, Dark Words Walk of Punishment And Now His Watch Is Ended Kissed by Fire
The Climb The Bear and the Maiden Fair Second Sons The Rains of Castamere Mhysa
Game of Thrones Season 4 appearances
Two Swords The Lion and the Rose Breaker of Chains Oathkeeper First of His Name
The Laws of Gods and Men Mockingbird The Mountain and the Viper The Watchers on the Wall The Children

Variations

"Dracarys", "Mereen", "Dance of Dragons", "Khaleesi", "The Winds of Winter", "Shall We Begin?", and "Casterly Rock".

Wildling theme

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A theme that represents the wildlings. Often played on the didgeridoo, it was first heard in Season 2.

Appearances

Game of Thrones Season 2 appearances
The North Remembers The Night Lands What Is Dead May Never Die Garden of Bones The Ghost of Harrenhal
The Old Gods and the New A Man Without Honor The Prince of Winterfell Blackwater Valar Morghulis
Game of Thrones Season 4 appearances
Two Swords The Lion and the Rose Breaker of Chains Oathkeeper First of His Name
The Laws of Gods and Men Mockingbird The Mountain and the Viper The Watchers on the Wall The Children
Game of Thrones Season 5 appearances
The Wars to Come The House of Black and White High Sparrow Sons of the Harpy Kill the Boy
Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken The Gift Hardhome The Dance of Dragons Mother's Mercy

Variations

"We Are The Watchers On The Walls", "The Biggest Fire The North Has Ever Seen", "Let's Kill Some Crows", "Kneel For No Man"

References

  1. Game of Thrones Composer Ramin Djawadi on the Show’s Key Musical Elements, and That Godfather-esque Finale Tune, July 21, 2016
  2. [1] ‘Game of Thrones’ Composer Ramin Djawadi: ‘I’m Just Trying to Create Something Magical’ (Q&A), April 15, 2013
  3. Ramin Djawadi Shares Secrets of GoT Composing, Characters and Concerts, February 17, 2017
  4. [2] Meet the musical genius behind the 'Game of Thrones' soundtrack who watches each season before anyone else
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