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Game Of Thrones Season 8 score is “more epic than ever,” says composer Ramin Djawadi

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Game of Thrones is not shy about giving its fans goosebumps. Just hear the intro and tell me I’m wrong!

Indeed a significant part of what makes Game of Thrones such an epic show is its music score and the man behind it, German-Iranian composer Ramin Djawadi. Starting from the now iconic intro, Djawadi has gone on to score for each subsequent Season of Game of Thrones. But scoring for the most ambitious season of Game of Thrones must have needed a change of scale. In a recent interview with Variety, Djawadi talked about the final season score and his journey with Game of Thrones.

Like everybody else, Djawadi too is keen to avoid spoilers. But he does promise that the score “gets intense and more epic than ever. Musically speaking, this season will have new material that we haven’t heard before, but lots of the existing themes will also return.” 

With an endless list of characters, locations, incidents, and royal houses to create separate themes for, Djawadi had a herculean task. Djawadi’s score followed the development arcs of characters and changed as they grew in importance. In his words,

 “It started out intentionally small. But as the story expanded, the dragons arrived, the battles grew, the drama got bigger and bigger, the music had to grow with it. We added bigger orchestras, more choir, more instrumentation all around.” 

Now the drama and the battles all reach their zenith in the final season, and the score mirrors the epic quality of it.

Just how epic? We are talking a 60-piece orchestra, a 40-voice mixed chorus and a 12-voice children’s choir. This is the largest ensemble of musicians used in the show ever.

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A scene from the iconic ‘Light of the Seven’ episode for which Djawadi’s score was a high point.

When Game of Thrones producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss reached out to him back in 2011, Djawadi’s solo credits had been minimal, the TV series ‘Prison Break’ and the Marvel film ‘Iron Man’ among them. Back then he was better-known as assistant to the legendary Hans Zimmer. The now-iconic theme music was born while driving home from an initial screening of the pilot.

Djawadi’s mastery has only grown from there. Among his personal favourites from all the seven seasons are ‘Mhysa’, ‘Rains of Castamere’, ‘Light of the Seven’, and the love theme of Jon and Daenerys. With the final season promising to be bigger and better than ever, Djawadi’s sure to add some more to that list.







Writer, translator, and high fantasy nerd based in Kolkata, India. Would dearly love to own a pet dragon some day, but the black market isn't really helping.

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Edgar Wright remembers late Game of Thrones alum Diana Rigg’s final role in ‘Last Night in Soho’

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The world lost a great number of jewels from its crown in the year 2020. The Red Wedding year took so many lives, people are struggling to keep their hopes alive. The Game of Thrones family lost a mother figure in that tainted year. Dame Diana Rigg, who played Olenna Tyrell on the show, lost her battle with cancer in September last year. The veteran actress, famous for her role as the Queen of Thorns, died aged 82. Game of Thrones cast and crew and all her fans around the world were deeply saddened by her demise. will grace the big screen with her one final performance in Edgar Wright’s ‘Last Night in Soho’.

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During the press conference for the film, the director remembered the Rigg’s legacy and paid an emotional tribute to the Game of Thrones alum. “It’s difficult to extricate the movie from working with her now because the thought of the movie was quite interesting, very emotional experience to conceive and make, and now that’s all tied up with the fact that Diana is not with us anymore,” Wright said. “In those situations where it’s desperately sad, I won’t to get to have another gossipy branch with Diana Rigg. The only thing I can take away from it is like how lucky I was to work with her and know her.” 

“She’s such a professional and really prided herself on that,” he said. “When we were told that she needed to finish very urgently, we knew what that meant without asking any more. We’re all so incredibly fortunate to have known her and worked with her.”

Diana was an amazing soul and her presence will always be felt in her breathtaking performances. Let us remember the great actress in our thoughts and do leave a comment below!







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Kit Harington passed on a superhero role while filming Game of Thrones: ‘I don’t want it’

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Kit Harington passed on a superhero role while filming Game of Thrones: ‘I don’t want it'

Kit Harington is a household name today, thanks to his success as Game of ThronesJon Snow. Jon Snow was a selfless, righteousness and brave hero in the series, with a tone of seriousness in his voice. He would almost always relinquish any honours or titles he received in the series, saying, “I don’t want it.” It seems like Kit Harington has said his famous line quite often, off-screen as well.

The former Game of Thrones star told Total Film magazine he passed up on an unknown superhero role while filming for Game of Thrones. He said, “You know, the comic-book and superhero world has called once before, and I didn’t like the role and the part and the time to do it.”

Kit Harington passed on a superhero role while filming Game of Thrones: ‘I don’t want it'

Harington revealed. “So I turned it down. And then this one [in Eternals] felt right to me. I liked that the character they were offering was not necessarily an Eternal. He was human. I did like that. I felt that I could do something with that, that he came with all these human faults. So it was the character that drew me to it, as well as it being the MCU, and how exciting.”

“I won’t mention what it was, but yeah, there was one other [superhero movie] that I did turn down a while ago,” Harington said. “It was a while ago, as well – just because it didn’t feel like the right thing at the right time. And I think I was right to. My head was very in the Jon Snow world then.”

Which superhero role do you think Harington was previously up for? Tell us in the comments below!







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Hannah Waddingham loved playing Game of Thrones’ “Shame nun”

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Game of Thrones had a number of memorable characters, and some of them, though appeared for a short time on-screen, left an everlasting impression on the audience’s mind. The recently Emmy-nominated actress Hannah Waddingham played the famous ‘Shame’ nun in Cersei’s walk of atonement on the show, and she loved every second of it.

On Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Waddingham said most people don’t recognize her from the role.

That was my finest, prettiest hour,” the actress joked. “I mean, they are right, left and centre now, and thankfully, everyone’s shocked,” she added of the audience. “So that’s good.”

Waddingham’s costume, which resembled a nun’s costume, obscured most of her body except for her face.

I loved it, because it meant I could just sit sleeping in the trailer for hours on end, look like I’d been dug up, and they’d say, ‘Yeah, that looks great,’” she said.

Waddingham said she and Headey developed a friendship on set, despite their characters hating one another.

We met on [set] and just fell in love with each other immediately,” Waddingham said. “I just think sometimes you meet what we call in England, birds … and you’re just like, yeah, you’re a bird, I’m a bird, that’s it, we’re in.”

What do you think of Hannah Waddingham’s Septa Unella? Talk to us in the comments below!







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