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Composer Ramin Djawadi on why House of the Dragon has the Game of Thrones theme music

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The second episode of House of the Dragon featured the show’s main title credits for the first time, and fans were quick to notice that it borrows heavily from the style of the original Game of Thrones series. While it’s not entirely surprising that House of the Dragon would use a similar animation style for its credits, the music is certainly unexpected. House of the Dragon uses the exact same theme music as Game of Thrones.

 
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The original theme’s inclusion was a polarizing choice among fans; some loved hearing such an iconic piece of music, while others were disappointed that there wasn’t a new theme for the prequel.

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In an interview with IGN, Ramin Djawadi, the music composer of both Game of Thrones and House of the Dragon, revealed why he used the same theme music in both shows. He said that –

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.”

The composer also added that

Melodically I’m starting completely from scratch, but sonically I’m drawing back from the original score. There are certain sounds that I will use that I would have used with the Targaryen’s in the past. The music has always played a big role in Game of Thrones. The music can guide the audience, and it can mislead the audience. So the original Game of Thrones we played very close attention to how we did the narration with music. We’re definitely planning on doing the same thing here.”

What do you think about House of the Dragon’s musical theme so far? Let us know in the comments below.

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