“Game of Thrones” composer Ramin Djawadi reveals he “can’t think about what the audience’s reactions” might be while he’s working. So “it was very rewarding to see that people really responded to the way we had decided to score” the episode “The Long Night.” Djawadi broke down the intricacies that went into composing that particular installment at Gold Derby’s Meet the Experts panel, moderated by managing editor Chris Beachum. The event took place on Tuesday, May 28, at the Landmark Theater in Los Angeles. Watch our exclusive video interview with Djawadi above.
This installment of the HBO fantasy series featured the long-anticipated showdown between the army at Winterfell and the Night King, who brought his troop of undead soldiers to take over the world. “It had more music than any other episode we’ve had of ‘Game of Thrones,'” Djawadi divulges. “It was the longest battle we’ve ever had,” which made it “very hard to structure and find the arc” through music. More than anything, the composer needed to “keep the tension” throughout.
One of the things Djawadi did was use callback cues from previous episodes, almost like little easter eggs for fans. “We’ve always treated the score as another character,” he explains. “We’ve very carefully established thematic content from season one on, and gradually expanded on that.” Because there’s a lot of characters and a lot of plots, “we were careful not to overfill it right away,” instead peppering it in over eight seasons.
Djawadi won his first Emmy last year for his work on “Game of Thrones.” He competed an additional five times for “Prison Break” (2006), “Flashforward” (2010), “Game of Thrones” (2014), and “Westworld” (twice in 2017). He has scored such films as “Iron Man” (2008), “Clash of the Titans” (2010), “Pacific Rim” (2013), and “A Wrinkle in Time” (2018). He’s currently working on the Amazon series “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan.”
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