All too soon, the community of fans will be mourning the end of an incredible show as Game of Thrones reaches its eighth season. As we count down the days to April 14, we all speculate who will end up on the iron throne, or (if we’re being more realistic) if our favorite characters will even survive the season.
Here are some amazing fan-made music to tide you over until we hear that iconic theme song for the final season. I tried to avoid covers of songs heard in the show, so no renditions of Hands of Gold or Rains of Castamere, despite there being any number of amazing versions made by fans. There are songs inspired by the story or drawn from lyrics in the books that never reached the final cut of the show.
I hope you enjoy them as much as I have.
Warning: Contains spoilers for Game of Thrones
This song was written after season six, so it’s a little old, but it does an amazing job of putting into words what every fan feels after the end of a season.
It’s even worse, now, because it’s not 13 episodes. It’s only 6, and this is THE END.
You Win or You Die
Karliene and Celtic Borders
Everyone knows Cersei’s iconic line from way back in Season 1, “In the game of thrones, you either win, or you die.” Well, we’ve certainly seen the death toll from people seeking to claim the iron throne.
This haunting song written back when there was only one season highlights the sacrifices and secrets the characters started off with. Many of them still carry these burdens after Season 7. Will they be the downfall for the people who have made it so long?
Mother of Flame
Miracle of Sound ft. Sharm
I jumped into Game of Thrones after Season 4. I knew Daenerys Targaryen was epic, but I couldn’t see that at the beginning of Season 1 when she just cowered from Viserys and did as he told her.
This song starts with her timid life before marrying Khal Drogo. It continues on as she becomes Daenerys Stormborn of House Targaryen, First of Her Name, Queen of the Andals and the First Men, Protector of the Seven Kingdoms, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Breaker of Chains, and Mother of Dragons (just to name a few of her many titles).
Jon Snow has always thought, as most of us did back in Season 1, that he was the illegitimate son of Lord Eddard Stark. He has been told on multiple occasions, “You know nothing, Jon Snow.”
Of course, if you’re all caught up, you know what many have long suspected, Ned Stark isn’t Jon’s father, so Jon really does know nothing. With his true parentage as the trueborn son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark, it’s bound to lead to some awkward moments after that scene with his love interest/aunt. But we’ve all know about Jaime and Cersei since Season 1, so it could be worse? No, still going to be awkward.
When Winter Comes
Miracle of Sound
This song takes me back to the woman Old Nan who sat with a newly crippled Bran early in Season 1. She told his scary fairy tales of the Long Night when all people cowered from the cold, and the White Walkers roamed.
This, just like Old Nan’s story, recalls back to nearly-forgotten history, while also warning of what may be awaiting Westeros and viewers in the upcoming season.
From the very beginning, I loved little Arya. It’s said, or at least alluded to, that she is firmly a Stark, while Sansa favored her mother’s Tully blood in appearance and temperament.
While both Stark girls had a needle, Arya’s has proved to be far more deadly than Sansa’s.
Even after Arya was told to get rid of anything tying her to her old life, she kept her sword hidden away. What part will Needle play in the final season?
When the Wolves Cry Out
Miracle of Sound
Well, here’s another song about Jon Snow. He took the oath of the Night’s Watch, and despite a few times he nearly leaves, he keeps his oath, until his dying breath. Then the Red Woman brings him back.
He kept his oaths even when it would have been easier to break them. He lost Ned, Rob, Bran, Rickon, Benjen, Ygritte, and so many more. He’s surrounded by people who spurned him for doing what he believed was right in bringing the Free Folk south, and it cost him. And still he stood by what he did, even to the point of sending the Wildlings to man the Wall at the end of Season 7. And those brave and loyal people have fates that have been left ambiguous. I hope they don’t come back with blue eyes.
This song is taken from the books. A couple lines are featured in the show during the Battle of the Blackwater, but the full song is far more beautiful.
Sansa began as a gentle character who simply has horrible things befall her again and again. As the seasons progress, she becomes quite a skilled player in the game of thrones, even going as far as playing Littlefinger at his own game. Clearly, he underestimated her. I look forward to seeing what else she’s learned.
Live Another Day
Arya has had an interesting education with her “dancing master,” Syrio Forel. Under his tutelage, she learns the art of the water dancers until his untimely death at the hands of the Lannister men.
This video pairs a song about a favorite little killer with some amazing artwork.
As she makes her journey North, then to the Twins, toward Castle Black and ultimately to Bravos, she keeps her list with her, ever when she’s told to leave it behind. Will she kill anyone from her list in the final season?
The Red Woman
Melisandre is an interesting character. She flits around, her loyalty changing to whoever will have her, and leaving blood in her wake. Even her rescue of Jon Snow can’t overshadow the death of little Shireen.
When her faith in the Lord of Light was shaken after the fall of Stannis, it seemed like she was going to disappear. Still, she seems to be whispering in the ears of kings and queens as she gets Daenerys to let Jon come to Dragonstone.
The question remains, what will happen to the Red Woman?
Timbers and Wind
One of the worst scenes in the show has to be the Red Wedding. With Tywin Lannister, Roose Bolton, and Walder Frey orchestrating the massecar, Walder Frey broke guest right. The guest right should have protected both guest and host from harm while the festivities ensued.
Bran sites the guest right while talking about a fairytale, saying, “he killed a guest beneath his roof. That’s something the gods can’t forgive.”
Let It End
When Lady Catelyn heard the Rains of Castamere, she knew something bad was going to happen. Even after her daughter-in-law and unborn grandchild had been killed, she still begged Walder Frey to let them go.
This song gives a little insight into what could have been going through her head before the Freys killed both her and her son.
Each of the main conspirators have found their end, all poetically since they broke guest right. Tywin and Roose Bolton killed by their own sons. And we all remember Arya claiming Walder Frey’s life, crossing a name off her list.
This song features quotes from both the television series and the books. It serves as a reminder that no matter how much they prepare, fight, or run, some things keep coming.
War. Winter. Death.
All men must die.
Dragon Queen (Mhysa)
Daenerys became Mother of Dragons and Breaker of Chains. She was revered by the people she freed from Slaver’s Bay. She had countless people following her, and still she chose to return to Westeros. What new titles will she claim in her homeland?
Miracle of Sound
Tyrion Lannister was always scorned by his family and disragarded by the rest of the world. Then he was named Hand of the King in Tywin’s place. Now one imagined he would become Hand of the King… or Queen, in his own right.
So what can we expect from the strategic and cunning disgraced Lord who is Hand of the Queen in the last leg of the story?
Miracle of Sound ft. Karliene
A girl once called Arya Stark joined the House of Black and White to become a faceless man, to become No One. She trained and was made blind to teach her skills.
When Arya left behind the House of Black and White, did the win the game of faces, or did they let her go? Either way, I don’t think we’ve heard the last of the man we call Jaqen H’ghar.
It reminds me of the line Tyrion says to Jon on their way to the wall, “Never forget what you are. The rest of the world will not. Wear it as your armour, and they can never use it against you.”
Jon certainly took this to heart after a while. When he first heard the slur “bastard” regarding his illegitimacy, he take offense. But by now, he just shrugs it off.
When Jon takes the title of King in the North, he takes the sigil of the white wolf, but not for the reason most think, having Ghost. The illegitimate children can take their father’s sigil, but they have to invert it. House Stark is a direwolf on white, so Jon Snow’s is a white direwolf on gray. The things you know.
The Last of the Giants
For the fans of the books, you may recognize this song from the free folk. The Last of the Giants shows the giants’ view of that the “smallfolk” did when they can to Westeros and built the Wall.
While there may still be giants in the books, the last of the giant shown in the tv show died beside Jon when he re-took Winterfell from the Boltons. But who knows, maybe there are giants still to come, hopefully not with the Night King, though.
Take Back the Throne
It only took six seasons, but finally Daenerys made her way across the Narrow Sea with her army and allies. You better stay out of her way. She’s set on her motto being “Bend the knee.” And she is set on taking back the throne stolen from her father.
A Woman’s Game
Cersei has had a strange history. Wife to one king, mother to two, until she took the throne herself. She told her father that she should have been born a man since she more than her brothers knew how to play the game of thrones.
And still, even as a woman, she has mastered how to play the woman’s game of thrones. I wouldn’t want to go up against her. She’s nearly as volatile as the Mad King. We all know what happened with the Mad King… and Jaime. Will history repeat itself?
Winter is Here
All through the series, the Stark words have overshadowed everyone. “Winter is coming.” As the war of the five kings raged, those words remained. Even when the Starks have all been taken off the gameboard, “Winter is coming.”
Then the finale of season six rolls around with “Winter is here.”
What does season eight hold for the world as the winter sets in and the Night King rides south?
Wolves of the North
It’s said multiple times in the show, “the lone wolf dies but the pack survives.” With Arya, Sansa, and Bran at Winterfell, we only await Jon’s return for all the Starks to rejoin the pack.
Arya said under the guise of Walder Frey, “Leave one wolf alive and the sheep are never safe.” Too bad the rest of Westeros didn’t know that. Now they have four very formidable opponents that are banded together as a pack.
Winter is here, so it’s only so long the Lords of the south, and the Queen can run. The North remembers, and winter will come to the South as well.
The Tragarian Wolf
This is the one instrumental song on the list, but I couldn’t resist adding it. I find it’s a good mix of the music associated with the Starks and those attributed to the Targaryens. It also reminds me of the music from the Tower of Joy scene.
When will Jon find out his true parentage? And how will the rest of the North react?
The Song of the Seven
Westeros has a number of religions with many gods. There’s the Old Gods, the Seven, the Red God, the Drowned God, and the Many-Faced God, just to name a few. Here we have The Song of the Seven dedicated to the New Gods in the religion that dominates the South of Westeros.
The Stranger is a part of the Seven, but you won’t find a verse for the Stranger. Sam says no one sings song to the Stranger since the Stranger’s face is that of death.
The question remains who is the god of the Game of Thrones universe?
These are some of my favorite fan-made songs about Game of Thrones. I hope you enjoyed them as well. Do you have any that I missed? Put them in the comments.
Keep it together. Only a few more weeks until the final tenacious season of one of the biggest shows to be shown on television.