Game of Thrones had plenty of memorable scores across its eight seasons, including pieces like the Rains of Castamere, The Night King, and of course, the main title theme of the series, which played at the start of each episode. As a result, House of the Dragon would be forced to differentiate itself from the initial series while maintaining similar themes that would be fantastic in their own right while bringing nostalgia to Game of Thrones fans.
During an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Ramin Djawadi, the composer behind both shows, discusses the difficulty of crafting new pieces while staying in line with what came before it. He said he wanted to keep the "DNA" of the original show while creating many new themes for audiences to enjoy.
"I can say this much, we very much wanted to keep the DNA alive for House of the Dragon from the original show. We will hear themes that we remember from the original show, but because it's all new character's, this is 200 years before, there is a ton of new material I've written, a lot of new themes that we will hear."
Those who have seen the second episode in the series will know the original Game of Thrones main title theme was kept for House of the Dragon, although the visuals behind the opening were changed.
The Score is in Line With The Targaryen Theme
The Targaryens were a family often talked about but only seen with Daenerys in Game of Thrones. Now, the family is the centerpiece of House of the Dragon, which will follow their house as the Targaryens undergo a massive transformation, resulting in a civil war within their family. Djawadi recognized the shift in tone for the series while primarily focusing on a different house and wanted to bring that to his score.
"This is all about the Targaryens, so the big thing was to keep their sound and their themes. Like I said earlier, the DNA, it needs to be connected. That was a foundation. But because we're dealing with House specific, I wanted to make sure that there's a lot of new themes for different characters and all the complex storylines that we know happens in Game of Thrones. I wanted to connect the two like that."
Fans will hear more themes as House of the Dragon continues its weekly journey on HBO Max. With eight episodes left in season one, audiences can expect plenty of twists and turns with characters and a fantastic score to go with it. House of the Dragon premieres every Sunday at 9 pm E.T.