How Podrick's Song Is Linked To A Crucial 'Game Of Thrones' Theory
The end of Episode 2 in the current Game of Thrones season saw Tyrion convincing his group of knights to stay up a little longer, suggesting someone belt out a tune as they sat by the fireside. And while Brienne, Davos and Tormund declined the karaoke session, Podrick piped up with a song that piqued the interest of readers of the George R. R. Martin.
"Jenny's Song" is a ditty about Jenny of Oldstones, a commoner who wed Duncan Targaryen, The Prince of Dragonflies. The marriage went against the wishes of Duncan's father, and he ultimately gave up the throne for his bride -- clearing the line of succession for the Mad King (Aegon Targaryen).
The melancholy song refers to the great fire of Summerhall, in which Duncan and his father both perished -- which is when the brother of Dany (and father of Jon) Prince Rhaegar was born.
“High in the halls of the kings who are gone,” Podrick begins mournfully.
“Jenny would dance with her ghosts / The ones she had lost and the ones she had found / The ones who had loved her the most.”
According to the books, Jenny of Oldstones was also friends with the ghost of High Heart, a woods witch who prophesied that the Prince That Was Promised would be a descendant of Aerys and Rhaella Targaryen. It could point to either Daenerys or Jon, or even a future child of theirs.
There are also theories that the song was actually written by Prince Rhaegar for Lyanna Stark -- a.k.a. Jon Snow's parents.
But the inclusion of the song in the TV series at this point in time signals a foreshadowing -- will Dany or Jon follow in the footsteps of Duncan and choose love over the throne?
The song was performed again over the credits by Florence + The Machine, adding to a list of artists lending their voices to the Game of Thrones world that includes The National, Sigur Ros, and, of course, Ed Sheeran.
Florence Welch told EW that she was drawn to "Jenny's Song" because it sounded like a Celtic lullaby, adding that the "magic and ritual" of GoT had always appealed to her.
The show's creators David Benioff and D.B Weiss said they've always been huge fans of Florence's voice and this episode finally gave them the opportunity to give her a call.
"The opportunity to hear her otherworldly voice on our show was always at the forefront of our minds," they told EW.
"We’re still pleasantly shocked that she agreed to sing ‘Jenny of Oldstones,’ and we’re in love with the result.”
You can listen to the track below, but please be prepared to cry/come up with your own haunting theories about the Game of Thrones series finale.
Main Image: HBO