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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.

season 8 score more epic than ever says composer ramin djawadi

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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John Bradley says playing Samwell Tarly gave him a stammer

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John Bradley says Samwell role gave him a stammer

John Bradley played the character of Samwell Tarly in Game of Thrones for eight seasons, nearly a decade. In a show full of mavericks, geniuses, warriors and dragons, Samwell’s character was perhaps one of the sanest on the show.

Recently while speaking with Giles Paley-Phillips and comedian Jim Daly on the Blank Podcast, he shed some light about his portrayal of Samwell. Bradley said:

“I got into this trap with Sam, I set myself traps, because he had a traumatic childhood and suffered a lot – and it manifested through a stammer and a twitch sometimes”.

John Bradley says Samwell role gave him a stammer

Bradley also spoke about how the character of Samwell began affecting his performances outside of Thrones. He added:

Towards the end of that journey, that stammer would turn up in non-Sam acting and I’d do auditions when I’d stammer because it just seemed like the default place that I went to when I acted”.

Bradley found himself so much into the character that, at times his co-stars had to politely push him to speak quicker. He recalled an incident with Kit Harington:

In one scene I came in first with Kit Harington and in the nicest way he said to me “can you come in a bit quicker?” so I can react a bit quicker and I was like “I can’t, I just can’t.

As lovely as the crew were, they assumed it was because I had forgotten my lines. It took me a while to get out of it and it went away over time.” 

Well, John Bradley sure seems like a perfectionist doesn’t he? It almost seems fitting that he played the most studious character of them all in a show full of larger than life characters.

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Emilia Clarke reveals she had a hard time with Daenerys’ final Dothraki speech

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Emilia Clarke reveals she had a hard time with Daenerys’ final Dothraki speech

Game of Thrones behind the scenes bits have been floating around on the Internet these days, since the disc sets for the full series hit the shelves. A new bit now has Emilia Clarke discussing how her final speech in Dothraki was “hell”. Read on!

Entertainment Tonight recently reported about the “Duty is the Death of Love” featurette from disc sets, and Emilia discussed her last speech as Daenerys:

“I knew that speech was going to be really important, and I spent a huge amount of time learning it. And for the first time in my whole Game of Thrones career, I got that word perfect.”

She continued to talk about how it was difficult to remember the language:

“I’m being so brutally honest here — I was in hell learning that speech. This pretend language was literally eating me up. I couldn’t do it. And then, magic happened. I woke up in the morning, went on, and it all came out. I was probably fighting not what I was fighting, but what Dany was doing.”

Well, it definitely must have been hard, watching her character give everything up that quick. What do you guys think? Talk to us in the comments, down below!






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Kristofer Hivju wants a Tormund and Brienne spin-off

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Kristofer Hivju wants a Tormund and Brienne spin-off

Game of Thrones has had a lot good on screen pairings through the run of the show, but there have also been a few ships that never became pairs. One of them was Tormund and Brienne, the subject of many a memes, but sadly we didn’t see enough of it on the show. Kristofer Hivju, however, is all for a Tormund-Brienne spin-off. Read on!

Hivju, who played Tormund, was recently at the UK disc set release event in London, and did a Q&A session, reports Fandom. When asked what he thinks about a Tormund-Brienne spin-off, he replied:

“I’m up for it.”

He added that he would like it to be a rom-com set at Castle Black, with the pair:

“…trying to run it together; it’s 19 minutes per episode.”

He’s clearly thought it through. Now that he’s said it, it honestly wouldn’t be the worst thing to follow up the timeline of the show. He then talked about how Khal Drogo was his favourite character:

“[My favourite scene] was Jason Momoa’s speech in the tent before he kills Daenerys’s brother. He’s just ranting and he’s going all the way.”

Well, we would definitely love that spin-off, and we bet it would fly well with the fans. What do you guys think? Talk to us in the comments, down below!






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