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Game Of Thrones: Season 3 by Ramin Djawadi (Review)

posted Jul 15, 2013, 9:41 PM by Kaya Savas   [ updated Jul 16, 2013, 7:25 AM ]

It's hard to find someone who hasn't seen Game Of Thrones and it's definitely one of the most popular shows on television right now. Fans of the books and show alike were treated to a stunning third season that finally saw some raw emotion pumped into what can be a slow show at times. I admit, I had to truck through the first two seasons struggling to connect to these characters. The show took a dialogue-heavy approach that left little room for score to work dramatically, and I'm a person who needs score in whatever I'm watching. Other than the fantastic main title theme the show never had "musical moments". Everything changed in season 3 as the show really took off. Season 3 of Game Of Thrones is not only the series' best music but it's also some of the best work from Ramin Djawadi.

The stakes have been raised a lot in terms of what characters have to lose, and when that happens it allows the music to support the story more. Djawadi had always successfully established a unique fantasy sound grounded in realism. I mean the music sounds like it's capturing a time period in history, and that's amazing. Ramin has effectively established a time period that doesn't exist and he did it through music. That makes it timeless. This season saw characters breaking apart more into their own separate journeys. This gave room for focus and the music rose to that calling. The motifs are so strong in this album and Ramin was even able to build superb dramatic tension and suspense. Everything was sonically superb. The music also references the main title theme a lot more than in the past two seasons, and the strength of that theme is something to behold. I found the music to take on a new sense of elegance as well since we saw a lot more romance. The barbaric violence was saved for the end of the season and that allowed the music to resonate stronger through the characters. The bursts of action found throughout the season were also expertly scored as Djawadi brought in some great percussion. Then there is the "epic" scope of the series that really found new light in season 3. The closing moments of the season were scored by the track "Mhysa" which is a beautifully grand variation of the title theme with a chorus. It really was a great moment for the character of Daenerys. All in all this was a stunningly superb season musically. The show finally showed it's true colors in my opinion. The amount of characters and material is so incredibly dense that finally Ramin's music was utilized in a way to help digest it. I felt for the characters, I cared what happened and at times the score gave me chills.

If Season 3 of Game Of Thrones is a sign of things to come then I can't wait for what Ramin brings to the table for the rest of the series. I really hope the producers, writers and directors decide to use his music more like they did here in Season 3. The first two seasons didn't allow much in terms of dramatic scoring, but if they keep up this sort of structure I think great television moments will continually be had. Ramin Djawadi is one of the great talents working today and he continually proves it be it a blockbuster like Pacific Rim or a rich fantasy epic like Game Of Thrones.