Unless you live under a rock, you already know that Game of Thrones’ final season is underway. The HBO show has plenty of surprises in store for its rabid fans, not least Florence and the Machine’s brand-new rendition of “Jenny of Oldstones.”
The song played as the credits rolled on the second episode, which just aired on Sunday. That episode gave fans the time to wish their screen favorites the best of luck as they move headfirst into battle with the White Walkers. “Jenny of Oldstones” matched that somber mood, Florence Welch’s vocals floating in their ethereal way over the band’s twinkling arrangement.
Having Florence and the Machine feature on GoT was a long time coming. Welch had actually turned down the opportunity to record the song “The Rains of Castamere” from the show’s second season, an honor that was ultimately extended to The National. But Welch told the New York Times she had no recollection of the rejection.
“Oh my god. Did I? I can’t remember,” she said, laughing. “I think that was during my quote-unquote wild years. If I’m being super honest, there are a lot of things that are a bit blurry. I wasn’t as… involved, or, shall we say, as focused as I am now.”
Listen to Florence and the Machine’s take on “Jenny of Oldstones”: