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Themes and leitmotifs in the House of the Dragon soundtracks.

Game of Thrones main theme[]

Main page: Themes and leitmotifs (Game of Thrones)#Game of Thrones main theme
Main Title

Reuse[]

In an interview with IGN, composer Ramin Djawadi explained the reuse of the Game of Thrones theme in House of the Dragon: "I think that's a good example of tying back the old material with the new. As a franchise to just connect all of these stories together. In the original main title, we always looked at and thought of it as an overarching theme that connects all of the characters and the journey and the adventures of this universe. So we felt it would be appropriate to connect it with this main title theme again."[1]

Djawadi said on the official House of the Dragon podcast: "The main theme since the beginning, well the intention was always that that's a theme that stands for everybody. Right? That's the overarching theme for the whole show. When we feel there's something of high importance we can say okay, now it is time to use the main theme. And this goes back to the original show, when we did not use it until the later episodes—Episodes 9 and 10—that's when we said okay, now it's time to start using [it]. [...] Same now in House of the Dragon. Where we felt towards the end of the episode, this is obviously of such significance, let's use the "Main Title" theme."[2]

Appearances[]

Technically, this theme appears in every episode because it is part of the intro music. This table of appearances only shows when it has been used in the episode itself.

House of the Dragon: Season 1
The Heirs of the Dragon The Rogue Prince Second of His Name King of the Narrow Sea We Light the Way
The Princess and the Queen Driftmark The Lord of the Tides The Green Council The Black Queen

Uses[]

  • "Main Title"
  • "The Heirs of the Dragon"
  • "Reign of the Targaryens"
  • "Rhaenyra's Welcome"
  • "The Prince That Was Promised"
  • "Aemond Rides Vhagar"
  • "Dragons Will Rule the Kingdom"
  • "Dragons Do Not Fear Blood"
  • "True Meaning of Loyalty"
  • "Bloodlines Will Burn"
  • "The Promise"

Aemond Targaryen[]

Appearances[]

House of the Dragon: Season 1
The Heirs of the Dragon The Rogue Prince Second of His Name King of the Narrow Sea We Light the Way
The Princess and the Queen Driftmark The Lord of the Tides The Green Council The Black Queen

Uses[]

  • "Aemond Rides Vhagar"

Criston and Rhaenyra[]

Criston and Rhaenyra

Appearances[]

House of the Dragon: Season 1
The Heirs of the Dragon The Rogue Prince Second of His Name King of the Narrow Sea We Light the Way
The Princess and the Queen Driftmark The Lord of the Tides The Green Council The Black Queen

Uses[]

  • "Whatever May Come"

Daemon Targaryen[]

Daemon Targaryen Theme

Appearances[]

House of the Dragon: Season 1
The Heirs of the Dragon The Rogue Prince Second of His Name King of the Narrow Sea We Light the Way
The Princess and the Queen Driftmark The Lord of the Tides The Green Council The Black Queen

Uses[]

  • "The Rogue Prince"

Despair[]

Despair

Appearances[]

House of the Dragon: Season 1
The Heirs of the Dragon The Rogue Prince Second of His Name King of the Narrow Sea We Light the Way
The Princess and the Queen Driftmark The Lord of the Tides The Green Council The Black Queen

Uses[]

  • "Surrender"

Dragon attack[]

Main page: Themes and leitmotifs (Game of Thrones)#Dragon attack
Dragon Attack

Appearances[]

House of the Dragon: Season 1
The Heirs of the Dragon The Rogue Prince Second of His Name King of the Narrow Sea We Light the Way
The Princess and the Queen Driftmark The Lord of the Tides The Green Council The Black Queen

Uses[]

  • "Aemond Rides Vhagar"

Dragon flight[]

Main page: Themes and leitmotifs (Game of Thrones)#Dragon flight
Dragon Flight

The ostinato is a variation of the Prince That Was Promised theme which first appeared in "Main Title." It is exactly the same melody, but played in tremolos (fast repeated notes).

Appearances[]

House of the Dragon: Season 1
The Heirs of the Dragon The Rogue Prince Second of His Name King of the Narrow Sea We Light the Way
The Princess and the Queen Driftmark The Lord of the Tides The Green Council The Black Queen
House of the Dragon: Season 2
A Son for a Son Rhaenyra the Cruel The Burning Mill The Red Dragon and the Gold
Season 2, Episode 5 Season 2, Episode 6 Season 2, Episode 7 Season 2, Episode 8

Uses[]

  • "The Heirs of the Dragon"
  • "Reign of the Targaryens"
  • "The Power of Prophecy"
  • "Trouble in the Stepstones"
  • "Lanterns at Nightfall"
  • "Aemond Rides Vhagar"
  • "The Silent Sisters"
  • "Dragons Will Rule the Kingdom"
  • "Death and Rebirth"
  • "True Meaning of Loyalty"
  • "Bloodlines Will Burn"

Funeral[]

Appearances[]

House of the Dragon: Season 1
The Heirs of the Dragon The Rogue Prince Second of His Name King of the Narrow Sea We Light the Way
The Princess and the Queen Driftmark The Lord of the Tides The Green Council The Black Queen
House of the Dragon: Season 2
A Son for a Son Rhaenyra the Cruel The Burning Mill The Red Dragon and the Gold
Season 2, Episode 5 Season 2, Episode 6 Season 2, Episode 7 Season 2, Episode 8

Uses[]

  • "Funeral by the Sea"

Greens / Alicent Hightower[]

Greens Theme

Appearances[]

House of the Dragon: Season 1
The Heirs of the Dragon The Rogue Prince Second of His Name King of the Narrow Sea We Light the Way
The Princess and the Queen Driftmark The Lord of the Tides The Green Council The Black Queen
House of the Dragon: Season 2
A Son for a Son Rhaenyra the Cruel The Burning Mill The Red Dragon and the Gold
Season 2, Episode 5 Season 2, Episode 6 Season 2, Episode 7 Season 2, Episode 8

Uses[]

  • "Compromise and Consequences"
  • "The Green Dress"
  • "The Silent Sisters"
  • "A Warning"
  • "Fate of the Kingdoms"
  • "Interests of the Realm"

House of the Dragon[]

House of the Dragon Theme

The overarching theme alongside the Game of Thrones main theme. Like the Game of Thrones theme, it does not appear to represent any character or situation in particular, and is featured heavily throughout the soundtrack in various contexts.

Appearances[]

House of the Dragon: Season 1
The Heirs of the Dragon The Rogue Prince Second of His Name King of the Narrow Sea We Light the Way
The Princess and the Queen Driftmark The Lord of the Tides The Green Council The Black Queen

Uses[]

  • "The Prince That Was Promised"
  • "We Light the Way"
  • "Sealed in Fire and Blood"
  • "The Language of Girls"
  • "The Crown of Jaehaerys"
  • "The Promise"

House Stark[]

Main page: Themes and leitmotifs (Game of Thrones)#House Stark
House Stark Theme

Appearances[]

House of the Dragon: Season 2
A Son for a Son Rhaenyra the Cruel The Burning Mill The Red Dragon and the Gold
Season 2, Episode 5 Season 2, Episode 6 Season 2, Episode 7 Season 2, Episode 8

House Velaryon[]

House Velaryon Theme

Appearances[]

House of the Dragon: Season 1
The Heirs of the Dragon The Rogue Prince Second of His Name King of the Narrow Sea We Light the Way
The Princess and the Queen Driftmark The Lord of the Tides The Green Council The Black Queen
House of the Dragon: Season 2
A Son for a Son Rhaenyra the Cruel The Burning Mill The Red Dragon and the Gold
Season 2, Episode 5 Season 2, Episode 6 Season 2, Episode 7 Season 2, Episode 8

Uses[]

  • "House Velaryon"
  • "True Meaning of Loyalty"

Intrigue[]

Larys Strong Theme

Appearances[]

House of the Dragon: Season 1
The Heirs of the Dragon The Rogue Prince Second of His Name King of the Narrow Sea We Light the Way
The Princess and the Queen Driftmark The Lord of the Tides The Green Council The Black Queen
House of the Dragon: Season 2
A Son for a Son Rhaenyra the Cruel The Burning Mill The Red Dragon and the Gold
Season 2, Episode 5 Season 2, Episode 6 Season 2, Episode 7 Season 2, Episode 8

Uses[]

  • "Pass Judgement"
  • "A Warning"
  • "Lament"
  • "Fate of the Kingdoms"
  • "Interests of the Realm"

Royal theme[]

Main page: Themes and leitmotifs (Game of Thrones)#Royal theme
Royal Theme

Appearances[]

House of the Dragon: Season 1
The Heirs of the Dragon The Rogue Prince Second of His Name King of the Narrow Sea We Light the Way
The Princess and the Queen Driftmark The Lord of the Tides The Green Council The Black Queen

Uses[]

  • "The Heirs of the Dragon"
  • "Targaryen Dance" (quotes a cadence from "The King's Arrival"; the theme itself is not used)
  • "Protector of the Realm"
  • "Coronation"

Rhaenyra Targaryen 1[]

Rhaenyra Theme 1

Appearances[]

House of the Dragon: Season 1
The Heirs of the Dragon The Rogue Prince Second of His Name King of the Narrow Sea We Light the Way
The Princess and the Queen Driftmark The Lord of the Tides The Green Council The Black Queen
House of the Dragon: Season 2
A Son for a Son Rhaenyra the Cruel The Burning Mill The Red Dragon and the Gold
Season 2, Episode 5 Season 2, Episode 6 Season 2, Episode 7 Season 2, Episode 8

Uses[]

  • "Rhaenyra's Welcome"
  • "Daemon and Rhaenyra"
  • "The Crown of Jaehaerys"
  • "True Meaning of Loyalty"
  • "Bloodlines Will Burn"

Rhaenyra Targaryen 2[]

Rhaenyra Theme 2

Appearances[]

House of the Dragon: Season 1
The Heirs of the Dragon The Rogue Prince Second of His Name King of the Narrow Sea We Light the Way
The Princess and the Queen Driftmark The Lord of the Tides The Green Council The Black Queen
House of the Dragon: Season 2
A Son for a Son Rhaenyra the Cruel The Burning Mill The Red Dragon and the Gold
Season 2, Episode 5 Season 2, Episode 6 Season 2, Episode 7 Season 2, Episode 8

Uses[]

  • "The Power of Prophecy"
  • "Sealed in Fire and Blood"
  • "The Crown of Jaehaerys"
  • "Dragons Do Not Fear Blood"
  • "Death and Rebirth"
  • "Bloodlines Will Burn"

The Prince That Was Promised[]

The Prince That Was Promised

Appearances[]

Technically, this theme appears in every episode because it is part of the intro music. This table of appearances only shows when it has been used in the episode itself.

House of the Dragon: Season 1
The Heirs of the Dragon The Rogue Prince Second of His Name King of the Narrow Sea We Light the Way
The Princess and the Queen Driftmark The Lord of the Tides The Green Council The Black Queen

Uses[]

  • "Main Title"
  • "The Prince That Was Promised"

Viserys I Targaryen[]

Viserys I Targaryen Theme

This theme a variation of the "fanfare" motif of the royal theme. In "Protector of the Realm" and "Coronation", it substitutes the fanfare as the precursor to the main royal motif.

Appearances[]

House of the Dragon: Season 1
The Heirs of the Dragon The Rogue Prince Second of His Name King of the Narrow Sea We Light the Way
The Princess and the Queen Driftmark The Lord of the Tides The Green Council The Black Queen
House of the Dragon: Season 2
A Son for a Son Rhaenyra the Cruel The Burning Mill The Red Dragon and the Gold
Season 2, Episode 5 Season 2, Episode 6 Season 2, Episode 7 Season 2, Episode 8

Uses[]

  • "The Tournament"
  • "An Impossible Choice"
  • "Celebration Dance"
  • "The Hard Truth"
  • "Protector of the Realm"
  • "A Warning"
  • "Lament"
  • "Coronation"

References[]


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