SPOILER WARNING: Possible Game of Thrones Season 7 finale spoilers below!
HBO Global Licensing released the track list for the Game of Thrones Season 7 soundtrack ahead of the season finale this Sunday. The soundtrack, available on digital now, CD on Sept. 29, and a double vinyl set later this year (yeah, gonna be needing that), contains 24 tracks covering the soundtrack by Ramin Djawadi for this penultimate season.
The tracklist, naturally, includes the songs we'll hear during the Season 7 finale, and their titles tell a story. Here's the tracklist, and its possible spoilers, before we discuss the implications and the songs themselves:
1. Main Titles
3. Shall We Begin?
4. The Queen's Justice
5. A Game I Like to Play
6. I Am the Storm
7. The Gift
9. Spoils of War (Pt. 1)
10. Spoils of War (Pt. 2)
11. The Dagger
13. Gorgeous Beasts
14. The Long Farewell
15. Against All Odds
16. See You for What You Are
17. Casterly Rock
18. A Lion's Legacy
19. Message for Cersei
21. No One Walks Away from Me
23. The Army of the Dead
24. Winter Is Here
"See You for What You Are" is the final track from Episode 6 of the current run, played behind Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen's tender talk, in which he pledged to bend the knee and said his men would, ahem, "see you for what you are." So these titles, like "The Dagger" which played while Littlefinger's dagger was prominent, or "Dragonglass," played when they went under Dragonstone to see the giant mound of Dragonglass, tend to be pretty darn literal.
Moving into the finale tracks, both "Casterly Rock" and "A Lion's Legacy" contain themes we've long associated with the Lannister family, naturally. It sounds like a trip to their ancestral home will kick off the episode. This is where it starts getting spoilery. A very slow, sad-sounding song accompanies the "Message for Cersei" title, implying it doesn't go very well. "Ironborn" gives us the return to the story of the Greyjoy family, and also carries slow, sad strings playing in long, sustained notes. Theon's state of mind, perhaps? It does, however, build to a faster tempo with some driving drums; perhaps a mission's rediscovered?
"No One Walks Away from Me" just sounds like something Cersei would say, doesn't it? It's almost certainly a line of dialogue of hers, either screamed in anger or said calmly and quietly in what tends to be her true show of rage. The song has the same up and down cello riff from when Cersei implemented her plan to blow up the Sept. Yeah, this song is worrisome.
"Truth" is a word that's just full of possibilities. Cersei finally seeing the truth? The truth about Jon Snow and his lineage? The truth of what happened at Harrenhal? The song's slowly rising tones sound relevatory, to be certain, and would fit very well played behind a tragic love story. This will probably be the last triumphant moment of the season.
That's because the last two tracks are titled "The Army of the Dead" and "Winter is Here"! "Army" is the longest track of this bunch, and almost certainly an extended action sequence. The other long tracks on the soundtrack, like "Against All Odds" and "Spoils of War Pt. 1" and "Pt. 2" played over the major action we've seen so far this year. Easy money is on the Army of the Dead reaching the wall, and beginning their ascent or their destruction of it, somehow. A marching, driving beat crescendos into ominous, high-pitched minor chords, and suddenly speeds up in the last minute and a half... it's a very nerve-wracking track.
Finally, "Winter is Here" plays the main titles theme in a slow, single-toned, unique manner, isolating each note. It sounds almost holy... something to do with Bran, perhaps, or a major coming together of forces? It's really hard to tell.
For now, fans can listen on digital for themselves if they want to search for clues in the tunes, as we all count down to the Game of Thrones Season 7 finale Sunday night on HBO.