It only makes sense that HBO would feature a powerhouse vocalist like Florence Welch on the closing credits of its second episode. The song that was premiered was called, “Jenny of Oldstones.” By the end of the episode, Daniel Portman, who plays Podrick Payne began singing Welch’s song, and then it slowly transitioned to the credits, and to Florence’s goddess voice.
In an interview, Florence spoke about how she loves how the idea of enemies banding together to fight a greater problem mimics what must happen in our society regarding the climate crisis, and chatted about what went in to creating the song.
“They just had a simple, stripped back, lilting melody. The notes of it sounded like a Celtic folk song to me. I thought it was really beautiful. I love the idea of dancing with ghosts and never wanting to leave. That totally makes sense to me. I feel like I do that every night on stage.
I worked with Thomas Bartlett on “High as Hope,” and he’s a piano genius. He helped formulate the chords, and then I kind of added my choir, my hellish soprano. We just tried to keep within the “Game of Thrones” world, to retain the ghostliness of it.”
Interestingly enough, the Game of Thrones producers originally wanted Florence to sing “The Rains of Castamere.” Welch turned it down at the time, but Benioff and Weiss never let go of the idea.
“We’ve always been huge fans of Florence’s music,” they said in a joint statement. “So the opportunity to hear her otherworldly voice on our show was always at the forefront of our minds. We’re still pleasantly shocked that she agreed to sing ‘Jenny of Oldstones,’ and we’re in love with the result.”
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If you want to read up more about why Florence felt proud to sing in the final season, check it out on The New York Times, and watch the clip on YouTube above!