Getting Ready for Game of Thrones: Season 6

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Now that season 7 of Game of Thrones has come to an end, you’re probably dying to see what happens next! When you’ve finished rewatching all the previous seasons (because we all do that…right?), here’s a Game of Thrones playlist to help get you pumped up for more Westerosi action, whenever it may come! And if you have some extra time, there’s even a list of books you can read to give yourself a more complete picture of the history of Westeros.

Game of Thrones season 6

Game of Thrones Season 6 playlist

Wolf Sister – Bike for Three!

This song is perfect for the Stark girls. I’m still rooting for the Stark family (what’s left of it). Surely something good will happen for Sansa soon! Sansa and Arya’s stories have diverged so much, and they’re both finding different kinds of strength. I’m still holding out hope that the Stark children will be reunited!

Sample lyric: Against the odds, incredibly. Wonder what’s ahead of me: struggle or serenity; you are my identity

Yellow Flicker Beat – Lorde

This song makes me think of Cersei. She may have been taken down at the end of last season, but you know they’re not going to keep her down for long. Especially with “Robert Strong” now on her side. The sparrows should probably look out, Cersei is going to be out for vengeance.

Sample lyric: I got my fingers laced together and I made a little prison, and I’m locking up everyone who ever laid a finger on me

Little Lion Man – Mumford and Sons

Granted, this song seems a little too cheerful for Game of Thrones. But “Little Lion Man” is just perfect for Tyrion. He’s seen the rise and fall of several kings now, and I’m interested to see what he can accomplish this season, hopefully with Daenerys by his side.

Sample lyric: Tremble for yourself, my man, you know that you have seen this all before. Tremble, little lion man, you’ll never settle any of your scores

Seven Nation Army – The White Stripes

This song is for the Wildlings. They’re trapped between a pursuing army of the dead, and the seven kingdoms of Westeros, who will do anything to keep them out. They just want to be free! And really, after seeing the rulers of Westeros, who could blame them?

Sample lyric: I’m gonna fight ‘em off. A seven nation army couldn’t hold me back. They’re gonna rip it off; taking their time right behind my back

Seven Devils – Florence and the Machine

Yes, another song with the number seven in the title, but seven is an important number in Game of Thrones (the seven kingdoms, the seven new gods). This one reminds me of Daenerys. She made some missteps in ruling, and her future looked very uncertain at the end of season five. My fingers are crossed that her dragons will be coming to her rescue in the upcoming episodes. If she retakes her throne, I imagine there will be fiery vengeance.

Sample lyric: Holy water cannot help you now, a thousand armies couldn’t keep me out. I don’t want your money, I don’t want your crown. See I have to burn your kingdom down.

Crows 1 – Aesop Rock

Is Jon Snow dead? The question has haunted millions of us over the months since last season’s finale. Now that it’s almost time to (hopefully) learn the answer, we’ve got to have a song for the Night’s Watch. This should be an interesting plotline for season six.

Sample lyric: Birds of a black, black feather stick together forever and ever and they always remember you and all of the s*** you do. They pass it to the baby birdies and then they remember too. Little baby bluebird’s eyes turn black. Without forgetting the face of the guy in the mask.

Who By Fire – Leonard Cohen

This song goes out to…well, everyone on Game of Thrones. The Leonard Cohen classic lists the many ways people can meet their fate. If there’s one thing we all know about Game of Thrones, it’s that anyone can be killed at any time, in any way. Only time will tell which favorites we’ll lose this season. Valar morghulis.

Sample lyric: And who by fire? Who by water? Who in the sunshine, who in the night time?  Who by high ordeal? Who by common trial? Who in your merry merry month of may, who by very slow decay? And who shall I say is calling?

 

Game of Thrones Reading List

A Song of Ice and Fire

Game of Thrones Fire and Ice

If you haven’t already read the “A Song of Ice and Fire” books that the Game of Thrones series is based on, you really should. While the show is fantastic in its own right, the books contain even more great characters and plotlines that didn’t make it into the television series (Strong Belwas!). George R.R. Martin really helps you get into the character’s heads and you get a fuller characterization than is sometimes possible in a television show. It’s such an immersive book series, and a must read for anyone that loves the show.

Dangerous Women

dangerous women game of thrones

For those of you that have already read the Song of Ice and Fire series, did you know that George R.R. Martin has also written several novellas set in the Game of Thrones universe? “Dangerous Women” is a compilation of fantasy novellas that includes the story “The Princess and the Queen, or, the Black and the Greens”. The novella is written as a history lesson presented by the narrator, and tells the story of “the dance of dragons”, the bloody war of succession in the Targaryen family that erupts following the death of King Viserys I. The story takes place during the Targaryen dynasty, hundreds of years before the events depicted in the Game of Thrones series. The most exciting part of the novella is that you get to experience the days of dragons, when the Targaryens raised and rode dragons in warfare. The story helps give a fuller picture to the history of Westeros, and the background of Daenerys’s family.

Tales of Dunk and Egg

Game of Thrones Tale of Dunk and Egg

This enjoyable series by George R.R. Martin currently consists of three novellas: “The Hedge Knight”, “The Sworn Sword”, and “The Mystery Knight”. The stories take place in Westeros approximately 90 years before the events depicted in Game of Thrones. The stories follow the adventures of a hedge knight and a boy he meets and takes on as a squire. Both men grow to become important figures in Westerosi history, and when you learn who they are, you’ll probably recall hearing their names mentioned in Game of Thrones. In this series, Martin returns to the same writing style he used in the “Song of Ice and Fire” books; many fans that enjoyed that series will likely appreciate this series as well. This could also be a great series for fans of the “Game of Thrones” television show that aren’t interested in reading the “Song of Ice and Fire” books. The fact that these are novellas makes them far less imposing than the much (much!) longer novels in the Song of Ice and Fire series.

Hopefully these lists are helpful to some of you fellow Game of Thrones fans out there!

Originally published April 20, 2016

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