Photo Credit: Sadia Billoo
Photo Credit: Sadia Billoo

Disclaimer: The following is written by a fan of Game of Thrones and therefore may be biased—although, I imagine not many non-fans would be interested in a concert commemorating the show ... unless you’ve got a crush on the composer, of course.

I was lucky enough to attend the concert at the Air Canada Centre on March 4. Even after watching Game of Thrones for six long seasons, hearing Ramin Djawadi’s title score still struck a chord. With images and clips of the show’s beloved (and often dead) char- acters playing over the haunting scores, it’s no wonder the girl beside me instantly burst into tears when the show started.

The floor was set up to feature two circular stages on each end with a bridge to connect them. The orchestra mostly stayed on one end, and soloists populated the mini-islands that split off from the bridge.

The show had great production value, which enhanced the ambience of every fan’s favorite wedding song, “The Rains of Castamere.” A woman dressed as Daenerys walked out across the stage with audience members yelling out “Mhysa!” During “Atonement,” out came Cersei Lannister accompanied by perfectly-timed chimes of “Shame!” from the audience. Later, a fur-covered performer stood under snow-like confetti while flinging about a long, flexible tube that made sounds like a didgeridoo. Djawadi described it as a “wilding horn” made specifically for the concert. Another impressive moment includes the performance of the “Light of the Seven” (a.k.a when Cersei finally regains control of King’s Landing). Fire exploded from the floor, and even from where I was seated near the top, I felt the heat. Djawadi was encircled by a literal ring of fire while he played the pipe organ on an elevated stage.

While I want to say I was thoroughly riveted by the orchestra, special effects and acrobatics, I mostly found myself rewatching the show on the massive LED screens. There was much to relive, especially the deaths of many of my favorite characters. Despite the absence of any mention of the deaths of Joffrey, Oberyn Martell, and Tywin Lannister, it felt like a good overview. I realize that the 60 hours I spent watching Game of Thrones were summarized pretty well in two and a half hours, with pretty even balancing of all the different storylines.

I will admit that before the concert I was unfamiliar with many of the scores written for the series, so this show helped me gain a new appreciation for the music’s role in bringing all the scenes to life. It was a raucous celebration of the show’s greatest moments, and I Rickon it was a big success! I give it 8 out of 10 Hodors.

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