“Iceland” sounds more like a place you’d find “north of the wall” than an actual country on planet Earth, so it’s probably appropriate that Sigur Rós will be joining George R.R. Martin’s universe this season to cover “The Rains of Castamere” for HBO’s Game of Thrones, CoS points out. An image from the band’s Instagram (above), as well as an Amazon preview solidified the news.
The ominous song, written by show composer Ramin Djawadi with lyrics by Martin, had previously been covered in the penultimate episode of season two by The National, and its appearance typically indicates that something tragic is about to go down (it was also played just before The Red Wedding, and only click that link if you’re okay with spoilers). In the show’s mythology, the song is a reference to a revenge campaign executed by Tywin Lannister. It becomes the Lannister anthem, and serves as a warning to those who would challenge Casterly Rock.
Season four premieres this Sunday, and the song, which will be included on the show’s soundtrack, will be available on Amazon April 13 Update: the album preorder and the preview of the song have both been pulled from Amazon.
And while you’re here, check out The National’s version: