Dissecting Another “Game of Thrones” Season 3 Trailer

If you haven’t read the books behind “Game of Thrones” and are looking for a spoiler-free preview of Season 3, check out my latest blog post over at “The Sonic Saber.” (There are no spoilers! I promise!)

If you have read the books and are looking for spoiler-tastic breakdown of HBO’s latest Season 3 trailer, then you have come to the right place! Read on and enjoy!

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***SPOILER ALERT***
This post contains spoilers for Season 3 of “Game of Thrones.” If you have not read “A Storm of Swords” and do not want the plot spoiled, do not continue. There are NO spoilers posted here for “A Feast for Crows” or “A Dance with Dragons.”

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About a month ago, HBO released its first full-length trailer for Season 3 of “Game of Thrones,” scheduled to premier on March 31. I had so much fun analyzing each scene in that trailer that I’ve decided to perform another dissection on the new trailer just released Sunday.

Now, of course, much of this is mere speculation, and I could be wrong about everything. Take a look at the scenes I’ve identified, and let me know if you think I’ve guessed correctly.

Here we go!

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Let’s break it down now, shall we?
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The Best of Fantasy Music

Of all the nerd debates, perhaps none is so cherished as the sacred tradition of the “book vs. movie” debate. What scenes were left out? What memorable quotes were altered? How well do the actors resemble the characters we’d pictured in our minds?

Anyone who’s engaged in such a debate knows, it can get bloody—especially when a die-hard fan of the books goes head-to-head with a movie fan who’s never read them.

But amidst the carnage, there’s one truth we can all agree on: Only a truly masterful composer can breathe life into the fantasy worlds we love, capturing their beauty, tragedy, and badassery.

Today, I want to showcase the very best of fantasy-inspired music. These are the tracks I come back to again and again, to relax at the end of a long day or find inspiration when writer’s block kicks in.

Although these are my personal favorites, they’re certainly not the only examples of awesome fantasy music out there. If you like my list, I recommend checking out Radio Rivendell, a commercial-free online radio playing fantasy music ’round the clock. It’s perfect if you need some background music while you’re plowing through homework.

Top 15 Fantasy Music Tracks

(in no particular order)

1. “Finale”
Album: Game of Thrones – Music From The HBO Series
Composer: Ramin Djawadi
Kailey’s Note: This theme gives me shivers every goddamn time. It is eerily subtle and entrancing, without question the perfect accompaniment for the epic finale of “Game of Thrones” Season 1. The rising crescendo really drives home the massive scale of the world George R. R. Martin created. Every aspiring fantasy author hopes to write a novel worthy of this music. I know I do.

2. “Dragonborn”
Album: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Original Game Soundtrack
Composer: Jeremy Soule
Kailey’s Note: FUS RO DAH!!!


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