The National, “The Rains of Castamere”

Just so we’re clear. We now live in a world where The National (the epitome of literary indie rock emo for white people and I band I happen to enjoy in spite of that) have recorded the official ballad for “The Rains of Castamere”, which, according to Topless Robot, is the “most famous song from George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series.”

The song was written about Lord Tywin Lannister’s crushing victory over rebellious House Reyne of Castamere and the destruction of the House at the end of their rebellion. That took place before the beginning of the HBO show, but the song will be played ahead of the Red Wedding (giant SPOILER at the link for those who haven’t read the books yet!), in all likelihood, and a moment that will cause me to weep giant buckets of nerd tears.

It’s not as impressive as Tyrion Lannister’s pimp belt, but hey, let it sink in that The National are writing songs for Game of Thrones. That would be inconceivable before the nerds took over the world.

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