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Game Of Thrones: Season 5 by Ramin Djawadi (Review)

posted Aug 8, 2015, 7:27 AM by Leo Mayr

Five seasons in and Ramin Djawadi has established the musical background for Game Of Thrones more than enough. So at this point, you basically already know what to expect.

The main theme still remains of what we were introduced to in season 1, but while a TV show like Doctor Who needs new takes on its theme every now and then, the theme for Game Of Thrones is so perfect I don't see the need to change it. The score is very similar to the prevoius seasons, a lot of the themes were already introduced to us, so really this score is just another entry in the great scheme of the show. "Blood Of The Dragon" brings back the theme for the Targaryens, "Dance Of Dragons" contains "Dracarys" from season 3 and "Atonement" has also been heard before. So in terms of original material, the score falls out a bit short. Speaking about short, the score is less than 60 minutes. Still, the music is outstanding. I know there are a lot of reused themes, but that's what makes Game Of Thrones so amazing. Djawadi has had a lot of time to establish themes for the different regions and families, for different moods and events, so that this is another part of something bigger. The score is filled with emotions and excitement and even though the themes have been heard before, it's still a perfect continuation. The score stays faithful to the music already created and adds new themes and variations to the mix. This season's music is action heavy with intense percussion segments similar to Djawadi's Dracula Untold (see "Son Of The Harpy").

The "Mhysa" theme that ended season 1 (as "Game Of Thrones (Finale)"), season 3 (as "Mhysa") and season 4 (as "The Children") returns, though only as a hummed version (in "Throne For The Game"). While it lacks the epic scale of its predecessors, the continuity again is visible here, as well as an emotional development throughout the five albums released for the show. Where else do you get musical developments ranging over 5 entire seasons?

So while the score may feel a bit like reused material, really it just shows how much attention to detail is in the series. Not just in costumes and sets, but also in the music that has been a faithful companion since season 1. This score is a perfect example of why it is great to use the same composer for across the run of a series, since then the music really becomes the identity of the show and manages to reflect the events on a much larger scale.