If there’s one band who could counteract the triumphant, brassy and boisterous (some might even say EPIC!!11!!) theme music of HBO’s fantasy series Game Of Thrones, it’s the quietly ferocious, brooding sound of Matt Berninger and The National. But they are a fitting choice in this case, bringing their spare, chilling take on a song from the A Song of Ice and Fire series, "The Rains of Castamere," to the Season 2 soundtrack of the show.
For a bit of context, Castamere, according to the Internet, is the former seat of House Reyne, a remote and gold-rich area that was eventually overtaken by House Lannister (for very casual fans of the show, this is the one with Peter Dinklage). The song "The Rains of Castamere" appears a number of times in George R.R. Martin’s series of novels as something of a Lannister leitmotif, played at family weddings and as a threat to all those who dare cross the family or get in the way of their ruling of Westeros. It appears in a particularly pivotal (and bloody) moment in the series, but for those watching the show/who haven’t read the novels, we won’t give it away. Although in looking it up, we inadvertently ruined it for ourselves. Bummer.
In the meantime, listen: