Let the A Capella Version of "The Rains of Castamere" Soothe You

Or not.

For many viewers, there is just no solace to be found after seeing The Red Wedding on TV. No matter how some book readers have been saying that the TV version is not good enough, I am sure that if you had no idea what was going to happen, you were still as shell-shocked as book readers the first time they read that part.

In any case, we’ve seen all sorts of reactions to The Red Wedding, and the Internet is chockfull of articles showing anything from the stars reacting to the scene to GRRM watching the reactions.

I may come off as a bit blasé about the whole thing, but I have had years to mourn, rant, mourn, and rant again. Dear fellow Game of Thrones fans, the pain and shock will wear away at some point. It may not seem like that now, but it will. Just remember, one of the best things about GRRM’s writing is that his world of high fantasy is very much a reflection of real life on many levels. It may be a little cruder, rawer, and more violent than the average person’s life, but the series shows people at their worst and at their best – often with good and bad blended together.

So, after that attempt to soothe your Red Wedding-ravaged soul, how about some music?

The Rains of Castamere has been played several times in the series. It even has a nice melody to it. On a normal day – before watching the last Game of Thrones episode – this bit of music will certainly be welcome; but as the harbinger of the butchering of the “good” people in the series, The Rains of Castamere has taken on a totally different meaning for viewers.

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Still, one can’t deny its appeal. Especially if you lean towards the Lannisters (whether you’ve declared it publicly or are still hiding in the closet).

The Rains of Castamere is all about one thing: what happens to people who cross the Lannisters. Of course, crossing the Lannisters does not always mean you did a bad thing, but perspective is everything, and when the head of your family shits gold, it’s easy enough to deal with enemies the way the Lannisters dealt with House Reyne of Castamere.

As I nurse a migraine on Sunday morning with all the interesting things going on in my head – GRRM’s world included – I thought I’d share this a capella version of The Rains of Castamere with you.

Done by singer-songwriter-producer Peter Hollens, the already haunting song takes on even more…plaintive is the word.

So did that soothe you or not?

If that didn’t work out well, try listening to 10 Game of Thrones theme song covers. Works every time for me.

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