Game of Thrones composer Ramin Djawadi released a stand-alone nine-minute version of “The Night King,” which appears in the third episode of the series’ eighth and final season.
The arrangement opens with a tranquil piano theme that gradually swells to incorporate sawing strings, including a haunting counterpoint melody around the five-minute mark. The piece continues to intensify and recede, peaking with a tempo acceleration in its final minute.
Several critics have praised Djawadi’s score as one of the highlights from the latest episode, “The Long Night,” written by series creators and showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. Our own Sean T. Collins wrote that Sunday’s installment was “set to a score of muted sound and melancholy melody from composer Ramin Djawadi.”
Game of Thrones‘ six-episode final season continues Sunday, May 5th. The final run, like Season Seven, is largely based on material that author George R. R. Martin revealed to Benioff and Weiss from The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring, the upcoming final novels of his series A Song of Ice and Fire.