A Playlist of Ice and Fire

Originally posted the night of the Game of Thrones season six premiere.

Jon Snow
“Thank You” by Dido: He is still sad about the death of his love Ygritte (at the hands of that little shit Olly), and he sings this song to himself, crying.
“Immigrant Song” by Led Zeppelin: The wildlings DO come from “a land of the ice and snow,” so, you know, relevancy.
“No Good Deed” performed by Idina Menzel: Jon is working his ass off to save the wildlings and add some warm bodies to the side of man in the impending Coldest War.
“Live to Rise” by Soundgarden: Because the friggin’ Night’s King zombified all those people and was like Come at me, bro, but also Jon still wants to have hope that maybe, by some miracle, they can win.
“Do You Know (Knife in the Back)” by Killradio: Now that Sam is gone, most people left at the Wall are shady mothereffers who were just waiting in the shadows to take down the one guy who didn’t have an agenda.

Daenerys Targaryen
“Heartless” by Kanye West: Be slightly more conceptual than literal with this selection, and you can see how it applies to the fact that Dany is losing her halo status in Meereen—especially after she has one of her followers executed.
“Sexy Silk” by Jessie J: Despite all her stresses, she’s still gettin’ it on the reg from Daario.
“Again” by Lenny Kravitz: Dany suffered a lot of loss this past season, and she thinks about it a lot.
“Learn to Fly” by the Foo Fighters: Drogon shows up, and they take off into the sky, glorious and full of hope.

Tyrion Lannister
“Man in the Box” by Alice in Chains: Do you need an explanation? He was in a box.
“Margaritaville” by Jimmy Buffet: Because Tyrion is drinking for days.
“Bad Reputation” by Joan Jett: Because Tyrion is giving no effs.
“Snakes on a Plane” by Cobra Starship: Because he figures, hey, if we’re all going to hell in a handbasket, I may as well enjoy the fact that I can take other people down with me.
“Survival of the Fittest” by Mobb Deep: Because you KNOW Tyrion is going to make it to the end.

Arya Stark
“Die, Motherf**ker, Die” by Dope: This is just Arya’s inner monologue at all times.
“She Wolf” by Shakira: Because Arya has a hard time letting go of Arya.
“Losing My Religion” by REM: Again, think conceptually, and it’s about Arya trying to let go.
“Who Are You” by The Who: Did you even watch the show? Jaqen and that pale girl asked her this all the time
“Bring You Hell” by Fuel: Because, even with the consequences at hand, Meryn Trant gets his.

Sansa Stark
“Bug-a-Boo” by Destiny’s Child: This is more or less her exact relationship with Littlefinger.
“Hometown Glory” by Adele: Even though what happens after she gets back to Winterfell is all horrible, there is the part of her that is happy to return to the place where she grew up.
“What’s Up” by 4 Non-Blondes: Her upcoming nuptials are not ideal, but she also doesn’t have a choice.
“Till It Happens To You” by Lady Gaga: No explanation should be needed.
“My World” by Sick Puppies: She’s feeling hopeless, a feeling that grows each time Theon/Reek refuses to help get her out.

Theon Greyjoy/Reek
“The Sound of Silence” by Simon and Garfunkel: This is a song about sadness. Theon/Reek is the saddest.
“Running Dry” by Neil Young: When he sees Sansa before she sees him, and he just wishes someone would get him out of that situation.
“Blood on The Ground” by Incubus: It’s getting harder for him to hold his tongue and do what his master wishes, considering what happens.
“I Wanna Get Better” by The Bleachers: As things turn sour for Sansa, Theon/Reek starts to, well . . . want to get better.
“Ready to Fall” by Rise Against: This is Theon fighting to come back in control of his own mind. Plus, you know, he and Sansa jump off a building.

We only gave certain characters five songs. The following get three.

Cersei and Jamie Lannister
“500 Miles” by The Proclaimers: Because Jamie is going to Dorne. (He only gets one song because we are SO FREAKING MAD about the way his story arc went.)
“Bitch Better Have My Money” by Rhianna: Because Cersei thinks she’s a boss bitch.
“Witches” by Sir Sly: The flashback at the beginning of her story. The setting up of Margaery. The blowing-up-in-her-face of it all. This song just works. Trust.
“Criminal” by Fiona Apple: This should be clear, but also realize that she’s not being serious with this one; she just wants to get back to Tommen and Qyburn.

Samwell Tarly
“Hooked on a Feeling” by Blue Swede: Because Gilly
“Hero” by Enrique Iglesias: Because Gilly almost gets raped.
“Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey: Because he has no idea what’s going to happen to Jon while he’s away.

“Like a Virgin” by Madonna: Obvious
“Taking Chances” by Celine Dion: Because she wants Sam to give them a chance.
“Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey: Because anything is better than living with her father.

Brienne of Tarth
“One Way or Another” by Blondie: Because she will find the Stark girl(s), and even after being rejected, she will keep finding them.
“The First Cut Is the Deepest” by Sheryl Crow: Because she is still misses Renly and her love is the worst kind of unrequited (being that he is dead and also gay).
“One Small Victory” by Rush: Because she’s about to slice a mothereffer named Stannis.

Stannis Baratheon
“The Pretender” by The Foo Fighters: He IS the one true king, after all.
“Disco Inferno” by The Trammps: Fire.
“Hurt” by Johnny Cash: At the end of the line, finally, and he’s ready to let go.

Petyr Baelish/Littlefinger
“Big Poppa” by Notorious B.I.G.: Creepily directed at Sansa
“Razzle Dazzle” from Chicago: Littlefinger is basically Billy Flynn without being a lawyer.
“Ruler of Everything” by Tally Hall: No explanation needed. Plus, the whimsical nature of the song just seems like something LF would have going on in his head.

So there you have it! Maybe we’ll be back with more in the future. We shall see!

May your TBR piles tower but never topple,
Nikkie and Larry