Game of Thrones: Season 4 (soundtrack)

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Game of Thrones: Season 4
Game of Thrones (soundtrack) album cover
Soundtrack album by Ramin Djawadi
Released June 10, 2014 (2014-06-10)
Genre Soundtrack
Length 60:38
Label WaterTower Music
Producer Ramin Djawadi
Game of Thrones music chronology
Game of Thrones: Season 3
(2013)Game of Thrones: Season 32013
Game of Thrones: Season 4
(2014)
Game of Thrones: Season 5
(2015)Game of Thrones: Season 52015
Ramin Djawadi soundtrack chronology
Person of Interest: Season 2
(2014) Person of Interest: Season 22014
Game of Thrones: Season 4
(2014) Game of Thrones: Season 42014
Game of Thrones: Season 5
(2015) Game of Thrones: Season 52015

The soundtrack album of the fourth season of HBO series Game of Thrones, titled Game of Thrones: Season 4 was released digitally on June 10, 2014, and on CD on July 1, 2014. Season 4 of Game of Thrones saw the Icelandic band Sigur Rós perform their rendition of "The Rains of Castamere" in a cameo appearance at King Joffrey's wedding in the second episode, "The Lion and the Rose".

Reception[edit]

The soundtrack received mostly positive reviews from critics. The soundtrack was awarded a score of 4/5 by Heather Phares of AllMusic.[1]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleKey scenes/NotesLength
1."Main Title"Used in the opening sequence.1:43
2."The Rains of Castamere"(Performed by Sigur Rós) "The Lion and the Rose": Played at Joffrey's wedding and during the end credits.2:42
3."Breaker of Chains""The Children": Daenerys Locks Rhaegal And Viserion Beneath The Great Pyramid Of Mereen.4:05
4."Watchers on the Wall""The Watchers on the Wall": Jon goes beyond the Wall to find Mance Rayder. The cue is an adventurous variation of the Night's Watch theme. The track also contains hints of Jon and Ygritte's theme, "You Know Nothing".2:11
5."I'm Sorry for Today""The Mountain and the Viper": Heard when Grey Worm apologises to Missandei for watching on her during the river bathing.2:09
6."Thenns""Breaker of Chains": Variations of the theme (with an extra melodic line in the low strings) are heard when the Thenns attack a peaceful village, which Olly is from. "The Mountain and the Viper": the same variations are heard when Mole's Town is attacked. "The Watchers on the Wall": heard fully during the attack and battle at Castle Black.1:43
7."Meereen""Two Swords": the introduction again is heard during Daario's and Grey Worm's wager. "Breaker of Chains": Daenerys and her troops arrive at Meereen, before the duel of Daario and the champion of Meereen outside the city walls. "Oathkeeper": the last seconds are heard when Daenerys stands victorious on the Pyramid of Meereen after taking the city.2:53
8."First of His Name""The Lion and the Rose": the first part is heard when Joffrey and Margaery Tyrell are married. The second dissonant part is heard when Joffrey suffocates to death and Cersei accuses Tyrion of murdering her son. Contains the House Baratheon theme.3:52
9."The Biggest Fire the North Has Ever Seen""The Watchers on the Wall": Jon and the rangers watch from atop the wall the huge fire beneath them, just before the commence of the battle of Castle Black. Contains the melody of "Thenns".1:56
10."Three Eyed Raven""The Children": Bran, Hodor and Meera find the Weirwood tree.3:58
11."Two Swords""Two Swords": played in cold open scene (prior to the main title sequence) showing Tywin reforging the Stark family greatsword Ice into two smaller swords and burning Ned's wolfskin scabbard-covering in the forge fire. Contains House Stark theme (Goodbye Brother) and House Lannister theme (The Rains of Castamere).1:49
12."Oathkeeper""The Children": the Hound and Brienne duel. "Mother's Mercy": a variation plays when Brienne sentences Stannis to death and prepares to execute him. Contains a melody associated with Catelyn Stark and later with Brienne of Tarth (The Old Gods and The New).4:31
13."You Are No Son of Mine""The Children": Tyrion confronts Tywin with the crossbow while making his escape. Afterwards, Tyrion and Varys make it to the departing ship and Arya rides to the port to board the ship to Braavos. Contains the melody of the Lannister theme (The Rains of Castamere) and the Main Theme, the latter in a Cello version and a choral version.4:29
14."The North Remembers""Dark Wings, Dark Words": First heard when Catelyn reveals Talisa that she once made a prayer wheel twice, one for Bran and other for Jon Snow when he was a child. "Two Swords": Sansa laments Catelyn and Robb's murder.The cue is a sorrowful rendition of the House Stark theme.2:33
15."Let's Kill Some Crows""The Watchers on the Wall": During the battle at Castle Black. It is also heard during the end credits. Contains the melody of "Thenns" and the Main Theme.3:36
16."Craster's Keep""First of His Name": Jon burns down Craster's keep.2:06
17."The Real North""The Children": Jon goes North of the Wall to make a funeral pyre for Ygritte. Contains the melody from Jon and Ygritte's theme (You Know Nothing).2:03
18."Forgive Me""The Mountain and the Viper": Daenerys dismisses Ser Jorah and sends him into exile. Contains part of Daenerys Targaryen's theme.2:31
19."He Is Lost""The Children": Heard when Bran, Meera and Jojen get attacked on the frozen lake and Jojen is killed. Contains hints of the White Walkers' theme (White Walkers).3:37
20."I Only See What Matters""The Children": Cersei reconciles with Jaime and they make love. "Eastwatch": Jaime understands that Cersei is pregnant and they kiss.1:25
21."Take Charge of Your Life""The Mountain and the Viper": Sansa is interrogated by the Lords of the Vale and clears Petyr from all charges. The first part of the cue is also heard when Petyr tells Robin to discover the world outside the Eyrie. Contains elements of the Stark theme (Goodbye Brother) and elements of Petyr Baelish's theme (Chaos is a Ladder).2:05
22."The Children""The Children": heard when Arya leaves Westeros and sails to Braavos. The track is predominantly a modified choral version of the Main Theme, though it also contains elements of the House Stark theme (Goodbye Brother), and Arya's theme (Valar Morghulis). A shorter version is used on the main menu of Season 4's DVD/Blu-ray release.2:41
Total length:60:38

Credits and personnel[edit]

Personnel adapted from the album liner notes.[2]

  • David Benioff – liner notes
  • Ramin Djawadi – composer, primary artist, producer
  • Sigur Rós – primary artist
  • George R.R. Martin – lyricist
  • D.B. Weiss – liner notes

Charts[edit]

Chart (2014) Peak
position
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[3] 150

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
2014 66th Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards Outstanding Music Composition For A Series (Original Dramatic Score) Episode: "The Mountain and the Viper" Nominated [4]
Hollywood Music in Media Awards Best Original Score - TV Show/Digital Streaming Series Nominated [5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Game of Thrones: Season 4 by Ramin Djawadi". Retrieved July 20, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Game of Thrones: Season 4 by Ramin Djawadi". Retrieved July 20, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Ultratop.be – Soundtrack / Ramin Djawadi – Game of Thrones - Season 4" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved July 7, 2016.
  4. ^ "Emmy Awards 2014: the nominations in full". Daily Telegraph. July 10, 2014. Retrieved July 10, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Hollywood Music in Media Awards Nominations Announced". Filmmusicreporter.com. October 8, 2014. Retrieved February 28, 2017.