Game of Thrones ‘ theme song rules.
I didn’t even watch the show, but when I hear this song, even I’m thinking, “Oh yeah time for some epic s***!” Ramin Djawadi is an awesome composer (obligatory Person of Interest shout out), and the Game of Thrones theme song is another excellent piece by him.
It follows a standard “epic music” formula to a T.
This isn’t a criticism. Something normally becomes standard because it works, after all, so there is nothing wrong with using patterns that have historically worked to assist you in crafting the mood you’re trying to set.
If you wanted to write a Christmas song, for example, you could throw in some jingle bells. We identify jingle bells with the season, so that’s an easy way to get the spirit of your music across (We purposely saved this article for after Christmas so you wouldn’t go insane suddenly hearing jingle bells in every single song). When it comes to scoring, a clear depiction of the tone you’re trying to set is key.
So how do you write an epic theme song like Game of Thrones? Let’s write one together!
Step 1: Pick three or four standard chords to use, normally starting on a minor chord and moving to major chords before returning to base.
I picked D minor, Bb Major, F Major, and C Major (or i, VI, III, and VII)
Step 2: Create an energetic riff outlining the first chord of whatever key your piece will be in, or just play the root of your chord in an energetic syncopated manner ala “He’s a Pirate” from Pirates of the Caribbean
Step 3: Write a melody that also outlines your chords, often with quick steps leading into your next chord to give the melody energy, and simply have your bass line play the root of each of your chords. Have a lowkey drum keeping the beat.
Step 4: Repeat your melody either an octave higher or by moving upwards to a new key and emphasize the drums.
BOOM you have an epic theme song.
Of course, you can add other supporting melodies and instruments to make it sound even more epic!
On top of this basic formula, however, Game of Thrones’ theme does some excellent work to achieve its primary goal in setting the tone.
The decision to leave out brass instruments contributes to the solemness of the series, as brass instruments in pieces like these are often naturally heroic sounding. The chamber choir lends an air of old school medieval church times, giving the song a Godly presence. The mix up of the major chord in the beginning riff also prepares the viewer for unexpected twists in the upcoming narrative. This is excellent storytelling through music all around.
The way it builds on its initial riff (as the melody is basically just the riff at a slower pace) is also smart writing and a brilliant way to make the tune as memorable as possible.
These are the decisions that turn a piece from “generic epic” into “actually epic.” Care and thought matter in a score, and it’s what separates Djawadi from other composers while also allowing Game of Thrones’ theme song to stand out even amongst similar pieces.
The beating drums, the shifts up an octave or into a different key, the orchestration; all these facets contribute to the feel that you’re moving forward and into an epic battle, which is why we feel like something big is about to go down when Game of Thrones starts up.
Game of Thrones’ theme does a particularly great job of conveying that epic feeling. Now if only I had enjoyed the show as much as I do the music.
For other examples of epic songs that follow this kind of formula, check out the pieces below!
- “He’s A Pirate” Pirates of the Caribbean – Klaus Badelt and Hans Zimmer
- “Arrival to Earth” Transformers – Steve Jablonsky
- “Iron Man 3” Iron Man 3 – Brian Tyler
- “The Avengers” Avengers – Alan Silvestri
- “Titans Spirit” Remember the Titans – Trevor Rabin
- “Ben” National Treasure – Trevor Rabin
- “The Orange Man” Unbreakable – James Newton Howard
Best Shay Mitchell Movies and TV Shows to Watch
Shay Mitchell has amassed quite a following on social media with her hilarious and relatable TikTok videos, but on-screen is where she delivers the real gold and pours herself into the most challenging roles.
Here are the best movies and TV shows starring Shay Mitchell to add to your must-watch list:
Pretty Little Liars – Freeform
Shay became a household name after bringing Emily Fields to life in the ABC Family/Freeform mystery drama. Emily and her best friends attempted to solve the mystery surrounding their best friend’s disappearance while fielding text messages from a digital stalker at every turn. Shay’s portrayal was also pivotal as it brought to life one of the best LGBTQ characters for the network!
Dollface – Hulu
After being dumped, Jules (Kat Dennings) rekindles her female friendship with Madison (Brenda Song) and the eccentric Stella (Shay) and re-enters the world where your girlfriends trump romantic relationships. Each character brings a certain personality to the series, but Stella is definitely the most vibrant and worldly.
You – Netflix
In its first season of the psychological thriller, Shay tackled the role of Peach Salinger, the best friend of Joe’s (Penn Badgley) first obsession Beck (Elizabeth Lail). And you know that any friend of Beck’s is an enemy of Joe’s.
The Possession of Hannah Grace – Sony Pictures
Shay flexed her horror muscle as cop-turned-morgue worker Megan Reed, who accepts a delivery of a disfigured cadaver during the graveyard shift and is plagued with horrifying visions as she’s possessed by a demonic spirit.
The film revolves around several different mother’s day events, including one with Sandy (Jennifer Aniston), a single mom that finds out her ex-husband is marrying a younger woman, Tina, played by Shay.
7 Hottest Moments Between Thony and Arman on ‘The Cleaning Lady’
Arman and Thony have an intense and electric bond on The Cleaning Lady.
While they let the passion get to them on a few occasions, they’ve mostly kept things PG. So, how can there be so many “hot moments” between them, you ask. Well, good question!
When it comes to these two, it’s not only about the physical connection but the emotional as well. It’s about every longing gaze, stolen glance, and forbidden touch. It’s about all the times Arman helps Thony at his own discretion, and in turn, it’s the loyalty and support she extends to him.
Here are the hottest and steamiest moments between Arman (Adan Canto) and Thony (Elodie Yung) on The Cleaning Lady Season 1!
Not only does Arman spare Thony’s life, but he “hires her” as the cleaning lady in order to justify keeping her alive. He sees something in her that not only piques his interest but also reminds him of himself. When Thony stands up to him at the airport hangar for the first time, she’s setting the scene for their season-long tug-and-pull dynamic. Arman acknowledges that she’s a woman that “commands respect” while noting that he’s “offering that to her.” He also reminds her that as immigrants, they need each other, and she needs him as he can play a huge role in keeping her son alive. It’s a key scene in order to establish the ground rules between these two power players — even if they are told at every turn that they have no power.
When Arman risks his own life to save Thony’s after he realizes he’s basically walked her into a trap, it’s one of the first moments where he admits, subconsciously, that he cares for her. After the explosion, she pays him back for saving her life by saving his, which is when she reveals that there’s much more to her than meets the eye. Arman is impressed with how well she works under pressure, but Thony once again reminds him that it’s a give and take relationship. “You want me to work for you, protect me. Give me the respect I deserve. And if anything happens to me, swear my son will be protected.” He gave her his word… and he never lied.
With Luca dying in her arms, Thony realizes she’s out of options and seeks out Arman and the club, who rushes to her aid and brings her to a private doctor that’s paid off by Hayak. Arman doesn’t just drop Thony off — he carries Luca inside, takes her burden, and sticks around to make sure that she’s okay. While he’s offering a shoulder to cry on, he realizes that he trusts her enough to open up about his past, which reveals that he understands Thony’s predicament all too well as he’s done the unthinkable to protect his family, too. The moment humanizes him in Thony’s eyes and the eyes of the audience. And when he sees that she looks at him with judgment for the career that he chose, it almost seems like he wants to become a better man for her.
When Arman notices that Thony is upset about Luca’s procedure, he comforts her. He allows her to have a full-on breakdown (one of Thony’s only moments of weakness in the series) and cradles her in his arms. And all those heightened emotions lead to a very unexpected yet passionate kiss. I mean… really passionate. You cannot fake that kind of chemistry! Thony stops things before they escalate to the point of no return, but it’s enough to satiate all the fans that have been long shipping the couple.
When Thony informs Arman that she can’t afford the surgery and the liver donor, Arman offers to pay for the surgery, assuring her that he couldn’t have secured a huge deal with Thony’s intel from the FBI. “I’m in too deep now,” he says with an adorable smile, which definitely implies that he’s not just doing this for Luca. However, when Thony mentions that she’ll have to “talk to her husband” who has arrived in the U.S., Arman’s whole demeanor changes. The guy has absolutely no poker face, but it’s because he simply can’t hide himself or his emotions in front of the woman he loves. And while the moment isn’t exactly “hot,” it does reveal just how bad Arman has it for Thony. Plus, he’s still willing to pay for the surgery even with Thony’s husband in the picture, which is admirable.
The kiss right before Luca’s surgery was perfection. Unlike their first make-out session, this kiss was rooted in trust, honesty, and longing. Arman risked everything to get Thony and Luca across the border in a private jet because he cares about her so much and knows he might not have her around for much longer. The kiss is prefaced by a sweet talk where Thony reveals so much happened in Vegas that she’d like to forget, which prompts Arman to suggest, “hopefully, not everything.” “Not everything,” Thony admits.
Arman and Thony are like the modern-day Bonnie and Clyde. In one fell swoop, they worked together to take down Hayak and stole the $6 million from the gun sale after agreeing to help the FBI make the arrests. The action-packed episode didn’t allow for any real romantic moments, but the very fact that they trust each other enough to get into bed with the FBI while pulling one over on FBI at the same speak volumes.
Also, the longing gaze and hang caressing while Thony visits Arman in jail is enough to make fans go crazy waiting for more #Armony (should we make that a ship name?).
Come on, FOX. Give us a second season!
I’m sure there are plenty of other moments I could’ve mentioned — which ones would you add to the list? Weigh in in the comments below!
Baddest and Boldest Babes on TV in Honor of Women’s History Month
With Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day underway, we’re celebrating some of the most inspiring women on TV!
And there’s no shortage of them carving out their path. Powerful leads have taken a bite out of the TV industry — and from the looks of it — they aren’t planning on slowing down anytime soon.
Here are some of our favorite babes on TV — in no particular order:
Beth, Annie, and Ruby on Good Girls
These three put the I in independent. They took care of their families at all costs. And I mean all costs. Women can be so many things at once, and these three noncomforing ladies were proof that you can be a housewife, a mom, and a boss babe simultaneously.
Midge Maisel – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Is there anything more empowering than a woman stripping herself of the housewife title and declaring that she’ll make her own money by pursuing comedy? No, no there isn’t. A woman thriving in a male-dominated world…. we love to see it. And we love Mrs. Maisel.
Thony – The Cleaning Lady
Thony is the definition of a strong woman. She’s faced roadblocks and injustices at every turn, but she tackles them head-on because she loves her son more than anything in this world. She’s stared fear straight in the face and pushed through hoping for the best while expecting the worst. A special shout-out goes to right-hand, Fi!
Maddie, Dana, and Helen – The Sweet Magnolias
These god-fearing, margarita-loving women are an inspiration to all, including the town of Serenity. Each one of them is a pillar of strength and love, and their friendship is proof that women are better off when they’re supporting each other and lifting each other up rather than tearing each other down.
Mel – Virgin River
After experiencing an unimaginable loss, Mel found the courage to not only move to a new town where she didn’t know anyone, but she gave love another shot. She’s proof that life doesn’t always turn out the way you want it, but you’re always in control of your own happiness. Even if it means that you have to spend some time grieving and mourning what once was before you can stand in the sunshine.
From a young age, Nancy knew that she was destined to be a detective. She looks fear in the face and laughs. She gets knocked down, but she always gets back up again because she knows that her skills are far superior to any other detective in Horseshoe Bay. And she inspired a whole group in town as an honorable mention goes out to her fearless tribe who would travel to the ends of the mortal and supernatural world to support her.
Jenny and Cassie – Big Sky
Their PI work has gotten them wrapped up in some pretty shady and sus cases, but these two have never let fear guide their decisions. While they initially allowed their feelings for the same man to cloud their judgment, they put that aside once they realized that they make a phenomenal team and need each other to stay sane while hunting some dangerous criminals and making the world a safer place for other women.
Ruth – Ozark
Who would have thought that Ruth would be the heart and moral compass of Ozark? But she is. Not only is she the most rounded character, but she’s also the one that is always there for the people she loves while also trying to carve out a better path for herself. She’s endured a lot of loss, but she’s not defined by her past. She’s a quick learner, a good businesswoman, and her determination to come out on top allows for some pretty boss moments throughout the series as she realizes her worth.
Jules, Madison, Izzy, and Stella – Dollface
The ladies of Dollface emphasize the importance of female friendships in your life. It’s important to surround yourself with inspiring women who will lift you up, give you advice, praise you, compliment you, and be a shoulder to cry on when life gets hard, when romantic relationships get complicated, and when you’re not feeling fulfilled in your career. Life is always better with your girls around!
This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to female characters that deserve a spot on the list.
Who would you add? Share in the comments below!
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