Game of Thrones has its fair share of audition stories, and stories about how some people ended up almost not being on the show. The latest one of the latter comes from the legendary music composer of the show, Ramin Djawadi. In a recent interview with SyFy Wire, Djawadi revealed this story and more. Read on!
Apparently, Djawadi wanted to pass on Game of Thrones for a movie, the name of which he doesn’t remember anymore. He was asked if he thinks back to this decision:
“Oh, ever since the first episode aired and the way it took off! Oh, boy. I’m trying to think what film that was. I’m blanking on it now. It was so long ago. But yeah, I was just slammed, and I originally thought, “You know, I don’t know if there will be enough hours in the day to do this.” But somehow I pulled through. And now I can’t even imagine not doing it.”
He also discussed the belief that the showrunners, David Benioff and Dan Weiss, wanted a version of “The Rains of Castamere” to be the theme tune for the show:
“It’s interesting that after all this time, that there are still things that pop up that I didn’t know about! I don’t remember there being an active discussion. Maybe in passing. Maybe by the time I was working with them, it had already been worked out, because I wasn’t asked to write “The Rains of Castamere” until after the first season was over. They told me where the story was going with the Red Wedding, and I had to write a melody based on the lyrics in the books. It’s interesting, because if they had gone that way, the main title would have related more to the Lannisters. By the time I started working with them, the discussion was about how the main title was supposed to capture the overall mood of the show, to stand for everybody.”
He also discussed the use of piano in the series finale, “The Night King”, which is reminiscent of the Season 7 finale, “Light of the Seven”, which also had heavy use of the instrument:
“David, Dan, and Miguel Sapochnik, the director of the episode, gave me the scene very early, and I just walked it around in my head. And I started thinking, “Okay, we have another opportunity to do a piano piece here.” It’s a substantial story moment, but there’s even less dialogue in this scene than in “Light of the Seven.” Just Theon and Bran, for a bit. So I had a lot of room for the music to really lead you. The sneaky part was, because of “Light of the Seven,” you kind of look at the Night King the way you looked at Cersei, where she was the one winning. When the piano plays, you think all of our heroes are going to die — this is it. But it has the reverse effect at the end, when Arya shows up.”
Well, it would be great if Ramin could return for the prequels because we can’t imagine anybody better suited for the job. What do you guys think? Talk to us in the comments, down below!