It's happened to all of us: we're sitting on our couch, watching a movie or a television show, when suddenly something on the screen reminds us of a song. Maybe it's a cheery Disney tune or maybe it's Taylor Swift's newest single: regardless there is always that one particular quality about a character that makes you start humming a familiar tune.
I'm a big fan of rock music, so whenever I see Cersei on an episode of Game of Thrones, my mind instantly starts playing "Killer Queen" by the classic rock band Queen. That got me to thinking, if "Killer Queen" was Cersei's rock anthem, what about the other characters?
Cersei Lannister - "Killer Queen" (Queen)
"Killer Queen" has obvious literal similarities to the character of Cersei Lannister. She is indeed a queen, and she orchestrated the death of her own husband, King Robert. Ordering someone's death is as common a task to her as breathing. If there is anyone that endangers her reign, she is ready to have them executed at a moment's notice.
And of course, I have to mention these lyrics:
Drop of a hat she's as willing as
Playful as a pussy cat
Then momentarily out of action
Temporarily out of gas
To absolutely drive you wild, wild..
She's all out to get you
At first glance, Cersei can seem harmless. She could feign kindness to you, but she can turn on a dime and then "she's all out to get you." This is most apparent in her scenes with Margaery Tyrell. She can seem as polite as ever, like a queen should, but she's known to switch to death threats at a moment's notice.
Petyr Baelish - "Master of Puppets" (Metallica)
I almost matched this song with Varys, but he is more of a master of secrets. If anyone is "twisting your mind and smashing your dreams" like the song suggests, it would have to be Littlefinger. We thought we could trust him back in Season 1, where he kept Catelyn hidden safe in King's Landing, but we were proven wrong when he put a knife to Ned's throat later in the season.
Littlefinger is brilliant. Whether you love him or hate him, he is brilliant. He pulls the strings of whoever he meets to get exactly what he wants all the time. He is the Dungeons and Dragons equivalent to Chaotic Neutral (my favorite alignment), because he makes sure that every decision benefits him before making it. He can mold any situation to his liking, and for that reason, he is the ultimate "Master of Puppets."
Ygritte - "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" (Pat Benatar)
Now hold onto your rage for a second. This isn't some funny jab at Ygritte for taking an arrow during the battle at the Wall. I was just as sad as anyone during that moment. I really liked Ygritte as a character, and I hated to see her leave the series that quickly.
That being said, "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" by Pat Benatar is a great song for Ygritte. Not because she took a shot, but because she is actually a great shot. She is a terrific archer, in the same league with Katniss and Hawkeye (but not Legolas, nobody is as good as Legolas).
Also, check out these lyrics:
Well, you're the real tough cookie
With the long history
Of breaking little hearts
Like the one in me
Before I put another notch
In my lipstick case
You better make sure
You put me in my place
So somebody broke her heart and she's angry with him. She wants to "put another notch" in her lipstick case. This whole altercation reminds me of the scene where she catches Jon Snow and puts three arrows in him before he rides away on a horse.
Tyrion Lannister - "New World Man" (Rush)
It's apparent at first sight that Tyrion is different. I don't mean his physical stature, but his mind-set. He always seems to be on the next page, like he knows what's going to happen, or rather what should happen. Like Varys said to Shae at the end of Season 3, "Tyrion Lannister is one of the few people alive who could make this country a better place." In literal terms, Tyrion is exactly a "New World Man."
Even if I pick apart the lyrics of the song, I can see similarities in every verse. "He's a rebel and a runner," as he murdered his own father and fled from Westeros before he could be caught. "He's got a problem with his poisons," because he has quite the obsession with wine. "He's wise enough to win the world but fool enough to lose it." Tyrion is a very wise individual, as you can see with every political decision he makes, but as with every man, he's made mistakes. Those mistakes have taken their toll, like when he tragically lost Shae.
Daenerys Targaryen - "It's a Long Way to the Top" (AC/DC)
If there is anything that we've learned from the five seasons of Dany trying to get to Westeros, it's that it is indeed a long way to the top. Ever since Dany got her dragons, her sole purpose has been to return to Westeros and claim her rightful seat atop the Iron Throne.
Every line in the first couple of verses can be read to fit Dany's situation. "Ridin' down the highway, goin' to a show." Daenerys has been headed down a path to Westeros for quite a while now, and her arrival with dragons will certainly be quite the show.
"Stoppin' in all the byways, playin' rock n' roll." This is basically what's been going on since Khal Drogo died. While Dany has been on a journey towards Westeros, she has been stopping at every city and freeing all of the slaves she comes across. She has certainly been through a lot, all while trying to get to the top of the Iron Throne.
You see, even the greatest of heroes or the most dastardly of villains all have a bit of rock n' roll deep within their character, and I've only listed five of them! Who would you like me to cover next? Jon Snow? Arya Stark? The possibilities are endless!
Game of Thrones Season 6 begins spring 2016 on HBO.
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