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Exploring Game of Thrones decision to have Florence + The Machine perform "Jenny of Oldstones"

While (most of - what's going on Cersi?) the main characters on Game of Thrones prepared for their impending battle with the Night King's Army at Winterfell - Poderick went all  open mic night on us - belting out a beautiful version of “Jenny of Oldstones”.


The song  "is an adaptation of “Jenny’s song” from (George R. R.) Martin’s novels, which recounts the tale of a Targaryen prince who forgoes his birthright to marry Jenny of Oldstones, a beautiful commoner who wove flowers into her hair. The song was written for the show by Benioff, Weiss, Ramin Djawadi and Martin."  


Hmmm ...  consider GoT conspiracy theorists triggered!! 


But what was more interesting about the episode was that contemporary artist Florence + the Machine performed the song again over the closign credits. Florence + The Machine is the only contemporary artist to appear in the final season of show and the  was personally approached by the show’s creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss


Benioff and Weiss said in a statement:


 “We’ve always been huge fans of Florence’s music, and the season two trailer with her song ‘Seven Devils’ was possibly the most powerful we’ve ever had.  So the opportunity to hear her otherworldly voice on our show was always at the forefront of our minds. We’re still pleasantly shocked that she agreed to sing ‘Jenny of Oldstones,’ and we’re in love with the result.”

Florence Welch had this to say 


“When I first heard the song it sounded like a Celtic lullaby to me.  Celtic music has always been in my blood, so I felt like I could do something with it. The magic and ritual in Game of Thrones, not to mention the costumes, have always appealed to me. I am honoured to be a part of the final season.”

Don't miss Florence and the Machine June 3 at Merriweather Post Pavilion