Listen to Game of Thrones episode 2's haunting Florence + The Machine remix

Listen to Game of Thrones episode 2's haunting Florence + The Machine remix

Listen to Game of Thrones episode 2's haunting Florence + The Machine remix

The final season of Game of Thrones continues next Sunday night on HBO. I am honoured to be a part of the final season.

Florence + The Machine has unveiled a new single 'Jenny Of Oldstones' during the end credits of this week's episode of Game Of Thrones. It's more than just a sweet, sad song about a bygone age. It also comes right before the scene where Jon Snow reveals to Daenerys that they are related. The story isn't touched upon in the show itself, but it is addressed in the novel, A Song of Ice and Fire.

Welch, meanwhile, secribed the song as sounding "like a Celtic lullaby".

But Florence Welch isn't the only singer who lent her voice to the contemplative song.

Showrunners David Benioff and DB Weiss discussed the inclusion of this song during the post-show "Inside the Episode" segment. However, in the show, "Game of Thrones" composer Ramin Djawadi wrote some additional verses for it. No one but Podrick pipes up, and he begins singing a mournful tune: "High in the halls of the kings who are gone / Jenny would dance with her ghosts / The ones she had lost and the ones she had found / And the ones who had loved her the most". It actually has a very compelling origin story. Almost everyone present at Summerhall died, which presumably included Jenny - hence the reference to her "ghost" - except for Rhaella, the Mad King and baby Rhaegar (AKA, Jon Snow's real father). Duncan was once in line to the Iron Throne, but he gave up the crown to marry Jenny.

Jenny's story aside, the battle with the White Walkers will undoubtedly change everything.

There's some parralels to be made between the song and the current relationship between Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen, especially now we know he's the heir to the Iron Throne. Now that he knows the truth about his parentage and his own claim to the iron Throne, he has a hard choice to make. "The ones who had loved her the most". They would be far more willing to accept a Targaryen king who actually hails from the North.

"Jenny of Oldstones" highlights the importance of this dilemma even as the White Walkers draw near. Jon already chose duty over love once before when he sided with the Night's Watch over Ygritte and the Wildlings - can he bring himself to do so a second time?

Another important point about the history of this song is that in the books, Jenny is friends with a woods witch who is the original one who prophesies Azor Ahai. Prince Rhaegar, Dany's brother and Aerys and Rhaella's son, grew obsessive over the prophecy, believing in his youth that he was the Prince That Was Promised; the prophecy indicates that the prince would be born "amidst salt and smoke", and on the day Rhaegar was born, House Targaryen's summer palace Summerhall was engulfed in flames (representing smoke) and many shed tears (representing salt) over those who perished in the tragedy. So perhaps the true lesson to take from this song is that only a ruler who follows their heart can truly become the savior of Westeros.

Jesse is a mild-mannered writer for IGN.

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