There's nothing worse than getting into a popular TV show, investing a good portion of your time, and then having a major plot point spoiled. Now imagine spoiling something for yourself on purpose.
Game of Thrones composer Ramin Djawadi had to do just that for Season 7 of the massive fantasy series that ends for good next year. Djawadi, who also composes the music for HBO's Westworld, basically started backwards with Season 7, watching the last episode first, so he could think up the perfect theme for the scenes that feature Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) and Jon Snow (Kit Harrington).
“What I actually did was, I went all the way to the seventh episode and wrote the boat scene first, and that’s where I established this theme,” he told Variety.
The scene to which he refers is the moment where Daenerys and Snow, finally done butting heads, sleep with each other for the very first time. It'd be a really nice and tender moment if not for Three-Eyed Raven Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) dropping the bombshell that Dany and Jon are actually aunt and nephew, which means that Jon is not a bastard at all, but a full-blooded Targaryen.
Ned Stark (Sean Bean), actually Jon's uncle, pretended that the child was his from an affair and kept the secret until his dying day, because revealing it meant that King Robert (Mark Addy) would have slain an innocent life. While this revelation was long-theorized, it was still crazy to play out onscreen as Dany and Jon make the beast with two backs.
It sounds clinincally insane to knowingly spoil Game of Thrones for yourself, but Djawadi needed such an intimate moment as his jumping off point and as a result, it informed the rest of his Season 7 scoring, particularly the moments between those two characters. Throughout the entire season, their relationship goes from mistrust, to mutual respect, to full-blown sexy times. Knowing where the duo's emotional roller coaster would end up was important to telling their story through the music.
"I always like to think of music as if you were to turn the picture off, actually. Just by listening to the piece of music, there’s a story there and a connection to the characters and the plots and all of that," he added.
The dude literally took one for the team, so we could all have the best viewing experience possible.