*This first paragraph has no spoilers*
Listen up Game of Thrones fans. The composer behind every epic moment in your favorite cutthroat binge-worthy show, Ramin Djawadi, is bringing the GOT Live Concert Experience back to Tampa for the third time. Bigger and better than ever, they’ll perform the music of Game of Thrones with accompanying clips from the show on September 22 at the Midflorida Credit Union Amphitheatre.
Presale tickets start today, Thursday, May 9, at 12pm. Trust us when we say you’ll want to hop on this bandwagon ASAP. Buy your tickets here.
SPOILER ALERT: If you’re not caught up on Game of Thrones, don’t read anything past this point. Go catch up and then finish reading this article. You’ve been warned. Keep scrolling at your own peril.
*ANOTHER SPOILER ALERT FOR SAFEKEEPING*
We were lucky enough to catch the Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience the last time it rolled through Tampa at Amalie Arena. The production held no punches. It was complete with a fire-breathing stage as Daenerys’ dragons destroyed the Lannister forces, White Walker haze billowing over the audience for the Night King, and snow from the ceiling anytime the screen showed The North. When Cersei unleashes wildfire on King’s Landing, the organ that Ramin Djawadi is furiously playing from rises into the air surrounded by a cloud of green smoke.
We’re a sucker for some behind the scenes trivia
Game of Thrones is notorious for its subtle plot cues and layers of foreshadowing. During the show, the audience was graced with multiple asides from the composer about how music was used in this regard.
The one we found most notable? Djawadi explaining the importance they placed on developing the musical theme for each House. The example he used: Every time the Lannisters are on camera doing something extra vile and Lannister-y, their theme “Rains of Castamere” plays in the background. The show built this in our subconscious for two whole seasons. They even had Cersei Lannister explain to Margaery Tyrell the significance of the song in relation to House Lannister in an episode. Djawadi says that this was crucial info when Catelyn Stark hears musicians start playing “Rains of Castamere” at the wedding between Edmure Tully and Roslin Frey. Her panicked face clues us into the trauma about to unfold into what we know now as “The Red Wedding”.
No matter who winds up on the Iron Throne, you’ll see us at this concert.
All in all, we’re hyped. This final season has been a host of emotions as we say our goodbyes to characters we’ve followed for ten whole years. The Battle of Winterfell was epic in part (a huge part) due to the brilliant work of Ramin Djawadi. The crowd at our show roared into applause when Jon Snow stands ready to take on the Bolton army during the Battle of the Bastards. We can only imagine how they’ll react when Arya delivers and slays the Night King.
Presale tickets start Thursday, May 9, at 12pm. Buy your tickets here. The show is September 22, 8pm at Midflorida Credit Union Amphitheater.
Note for the reader: This humble writer was the only one on staff who hadn’t seen a single episode of Game of Thrones as of January 2019. As fate would have it, I was the one who was able to attend the GOT concert in September 2018. Let’s talk about experiencing all the major spoilers without any of the backstories. The Red Wedding? The Ice Dragon? Arya pulling off her face to kill some old guy? Nothing was sacred. Finish watching the show before you go. I’d even recommend rewatching some of it again. You’ll thank me later.
PS Yes, I binged the first seven seasons just in time to experience the final season with the rest of humanity.