the iron throne music analysis - Kao 1 Beverly Kao Professor Teng INTD 100 CRN 91987 Essay#2 22 October 2019 The Iron Throne When people think about

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Kao 1 Beverly Kao Professor Teng INTD 100 CRN 91987 Essay #2 22 October 2019 The Iron Throne When people think about “Game of Thrones,” the first image that comes to mind is of dragons. Others might picture the face of the show’s lead protagonist, Daenerys Targaryen. Still others will see the Iron Throne—a formidable chair forged from a thousand enemy swords, the symbol of power over the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, and arguably the most powerful player in the entire show. From the very beginning, the Iron Throne has been an object of great covet, and an object of great destruction. People lusted after it, murdered for it, betrayed their families and their friends, threw their loyalties into the fire for it, and sold their lives to the dream of power that it promised until all that was left in its wake was a long trail of blood. This is an age- old story; history is full of people who went to horrible lengths for power, the same kind that led so many to sign away their lives as soon as word of the Iron Throne first passed through their ears. Though the Iron Throne was destroyed in the series finale, it did not undo the years of destruction that it caused. Destroying the object responsible for a multitude of atrocities does not erase its sins; it did not happen on “Game of Thrones,” it did not happen in history, and it probably never will. The only lessons left to learn from the Iron Throne are the ones about the things people will do for power, and how it only leads to destruction in the end. The music in “Game of Thrones” is often used to drive a particular message home. Emmy-winning composer Ramin Djawadi has demonstrated this many times throughout the course of the show with scenes like the infamous Red Wedding and the end of House Tyrell with
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Kao 2 the High Sparrow, and he does this again at the scene of the Iron Throne’s demise. The soundtrack fittingly named “The Iron Throne” plays over the aftermath of Daenerys’ final confrontation with her lover Jon Snow—the man who had seen her turn from savior to dictator, chose duty over love, and plunged a knife into her heart before she could slaughter millions in the name of her new world order. The piece starts with the fractured strains of a solo violin as Jon holds her body in his arms and weeps over it—fragmented, according to Djawadi, to demonstrate that Jon cannot grasp what he has just done even as he slowly comes to terms with it. The violins shift to the low notes of a cello, and the theme for Jon and Daenerys fades into the dragons’ theme when Drogon, the last of Daenerys’ children, steps into view. The moment he
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