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Soundtrack review: Game of thrones (season 2) (Ramin Djawadi – 2012)

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The music for the first season of “Game of thrones” has introduced us to one of the best TV show themes ever but not much else. The score for that season had been very enjoyable for me but there weren’t any standout themes or memorable motifs except “King of the north”.

The second season started with a statement. “The throne is mine” stuck a sword in the ground in front of us and surrounded us with all sorts of pretenders. The subtle use of strings brought emotion to the cold and impenetrable demeanor of Stannis Baratheon. “What is dead may never die” is a gem, mysterious and melodic and I am already immersed in the world of Westeros. Ramin Djawadi knows the story and the characters and the music simply works. I am a huge fan of the books and TV show and I love the sound of “Gam of thrones”.

The mystical elements in the second season get their rightful themes as well. “Warrior of light” is a dark and eerie theme. The geographical differences in this season are also properly imagined by Ramin Djawadi: we get strong Middle Eastern instrumentations for “Valar Morghulis”, “Pyat Pree” and the other Quarth themes.

The Starks and the Greyjoys have their unique sounds. The composer extends motifs introduced in the music of the first season and when you hear “Winterfell” and “Pay the iron price” you know who they refer to. The cold melancholy in the themes for the North always gets to me. It mirrors the characters perfectly. “Winterfell” is quiet and sad and make me feel all the pain that family felt once they were pulled from the safety or their far away castle.

The music from season 2 of “Game of thrones” is the darkest and most unforgiving from the series. There’s a lot of cello and very little hope or triumph but this makes for the right introduction to the world of GoT. The only way is up from here and I would recommend to someone unfamiliar with this world to start with this score. It sets the tone and mood for the entire story. Are you in?

Cue rating: 85 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 20 / 57

Album excellence: 36%

Highlights:

Game Of Thrones Main Title

The Throne Is Mine

What Is Dead May Never Die

Winterfell

I Am Hers, She Is Mine

Pay The Iron Price

Mother Of Dragons

About the author

Mihnea Manduteanu

I have been listening to film music for 25 years and writing about it since 2014. I've written over 1000 reviews and I can't imagine myself doing anything else. I am also a member of IFMCA (International Film Music Critics Association).

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