Posted in TV | music on May 25, 2012

by Bill Pearis

The National at Beacon Theater in 2011 (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
The National

The soundtrack to Game of Thones: Season 2 comes out June 16, a week after the S2 finale airs on HBO. It's mostly Ramin Djawadi's thunderous score, but does contain The National doing "The Rains of Castamere."

This probably doesn't mean so much to people who have only watched the series, but those who have read the books know it as one of the biggest hits in Westeros (#1 in Casterly Rock two years straight), sung by any minstrel worth his lute. (Minstrel songs, and lengthy descriptions of food are probably the two biggest omisions the series has made from the books thus far.) The lyrics are by Song of Ice & Fire (of which Game of Thrones is based) author George RR Martin, but the National penned the appropriately sorrowful music. You can stream it via YouTube below.

Maybe for the Season 3 soundtrack they can get Bon Iver to sing "The Bear and the Maiden Fair." This Sunday is the penultimate episode of Season 2 of Game of Thrones, which was scripted by Martin himself.

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The National - "The Rains of Castamere"

Game of Thrones - Season 2 Ep 9 Promo

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Comments (16)

Saw this on Pitchfork last night and click on a link that revealed a major spoiler. Pissed.

Posted by Anonymous | May 25, 2012 2:34 PM

not clicking any links or reading any further comments in this thread due to above mentioned potential for spoilers...

just came here to post:

penultimate mofos!!!


srsly diaf

Posted by Anonymous | May 25, 2012 2:49 PM

The Canadian band Irish Moutarde already did a celtic punk rock version of The Bear and the Maiden Fair:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJ0rzsNfmIc

Posted by Mathieu audet | May 25, 2012 2:51 PM

Chicks love The National. I tolerate them so long as chicks are around. I do not seek them out on my own.

Posted by Anonymous | May 25, 2012 2:56 PM

You know nothing, 2:56.

Posted by Anonymous | May 25, 2012 3:50 PM

You sure are a busy little troll today 3:50! Practice makes perfect - one day you may even be funny with a zing instead of just annoying and banal. Moving on.

Posted by Anonymous | May 25, 2012 4:12 PM

ouch - someone got a little butt hurt

Posted by Anonymous | May 25, 2012 4:19 PM

A man never needs to hear The National take on this.

Posted by Anonymous | May 25, 2012 4:32 PM

Hodor?

Posted by Anonymous | May 25, 2012 4:38 PM

Theon?

Posted by Anonymous | May 25, 2012 5:11 PM

Reek reek it rhymes with freak

Posted by Anonymous | May 25, 2012 6:04 PM

This band is vile. Music for simpletons who don't know anything.

Posted by Anonymous | May 25, 2012 6:44 PM

I can already sense the song RIGHT NOW!

Slow beginning, big buildup and huge finish!

Wait a second...

Posted by Sam | May 25, 2012 11:29 PM

Good brunch music.

Posted by Anonymous | May 27, 2012 12:22 PM

I was more impressed by Wilko Johnson's return as the executioner.

Posted by joly | May 30, 2012 5:42 AM

good music is right.

Posted by jordon | July 30, 2013 2:19 PM

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