Warning: This article contains heavy spoilers
Musicians love Game Of Thrones – and it can’t be just because of its renowned historical accuracy, whatever Snoop Dogg says. Everyone from Chvrches to Enter Shikari have covered the theme song, there’ve been special Game Of Thrones mixtapes with contributions from Big Boi and Ty Dolla $ign, and earlier this week, metal band Mastodon made a cameo appearance in the show as they were violently killed by ice zombies and then resurrected as reanimated corpses.
But Mastodon aren’t the only musicians who’ve invaded George R.R. Martin’s fictional world of Westeros. Below are five musicians who’ve made their mark among the dragons and the bloodshed… […]
Some nifty foreshadowing, here: early in Season 3, there’s a group of troops singing bawdy Westeros standard ‘The Bear And The Maiden Fair’, an old folk song about a damsel who’s waiting to be rescued by a knight but has to settle for a big, lumbering mammal instead. And one of those soldiers is none other than Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody, leading the knees-up as he and the rest of the men transport their prisoners, Jaimie Lannister and Brienne Of Tarth, through the forest. Another version of the song, performed by one of Benioff and Weiss’s favourite bands, The Hold Steady, is played over the credits, too – and later, it all comes full circle when it’s sung again by a taunting rabble as Brienne is forced to fight – you guessed it – a bear in a pit.