GAME OF THRONES, HBO
EWonline reports that HBO's Game of Thrones has tapped indie rock band The Hold Steady to create a hit song for the series upcoming third season. The Brooklyn-based band will perform "The Bear and the Maiden Fair," with lyrics by Martin and music by the show's composer Ramin Djawadi.
Last year, band the National sang "The Rains of Castemere" for the show's second season. Commented showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss, "As with the National, we went after one of our favorite bands and were happily surprised when they agreed to do it. This is one of the most popular songs in Westeros, beloved by nobles and commoners alike, sung at taverns and feasts and etc. We wanted our rendition to be bawdy and a little sloppy - drunken musicians getting up on the table and jamming while the rowdy party continues around them. There was no one better for the job than the Hold Steady, and the song they delivered has been stuck in our heads for the last four weeks."
Based on the bestselling fantasy book series by George R.R. Martin, Game of Thrones is an Epic drama set in the world of Westeros, where ambitious men and women of both honor and ill-repute live in a land whose summers and winters can last years. Cast members include Emmy(R) and Golden Globe winner Peter Dinklage, Michelle Fairley, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Aidan Gillen, Iain Glen, Kit Harington, Richard Madden, Maisie Williams, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Sophie Turner, Jack Gleeson and Alfie Allen.