Jenny’s Song: The Last Night

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Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) as he requested Pod’s song. (c) HBO.

In Episode 2 of the final season, as he sat by the fire on what may be the beginning of a very long night,  perhaps the longest of nights — Tyrion requests that somebody sings a song. Podrick Payne (Daniel Portman) obliges — and sings the haunting song of Jenny of Oldstones.

The song appears in the books. And this fire lit episode was the perfect place for it. The episode is a prelude to tragedy because we know that not all of the reunited lovers, families, and friends will survive the battle to come.

All of the living in Winterfell would like to suspend time and linger there with their loved ones. But Death is already at the castle before many of them even get a night together.

Here are the lyrics:

High in the halls of the kings who are gone
Jenny would dance with her ghosts.
The ones she had lost and the ones she had found
And the ones who had loved her the most.

The ones who’d been gone for so very long
She couldn’t remember their names
They spun her around on the damp cold stone
Spun away all her sorrow and pain

And she never wanted to leave
Never wanted to leave.
Never wanted to leave.
Never wanted to leave.
Never wanted to leave.
Never wanted to leave.

Florence and the Machine performed the Jenny of Oldstones for the closing credits of the episode and HBO released a video to accompany it. Absolutely beautiful…

 

Jamie Adair is the editor of History Behind Game of Thrones, a website about the history behind George RR Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" novels and the hit TV show, "Game of Thrones."

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