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EXCLUSIVE: 'Game of Thrones' Changes Its Tune, Hires New Composer

by Maureen Ryan, posted Feb 2nd 2011 8:00PM
'Game of Thrones' has parted ways with its Academy Award-winning composer, Stephen Warbeck. The much-anticipated HBO drama has hired a new composer, Ramin Djawadi.

Djawadi's most notable television projects have been 'FlashForward' and 'Prison Break,' and in the film realm, Djawadi wrote the scores for 'Iron Man' and 'Clash of the Titans.' Djawadi, who has worked frequently with composer Hans Zimmer, is also credited with composing "additional music" for movies such as 'Batman Begins,' 'Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl' and 'Something's Gotta Give.'

Djawadi will have to work fast: The fantasy drama premieres in just over 10 weeks, on April 17.

In other 'Game of Thrones' news, a member of the cast passed away recently and the show's executive producers, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, issued a statement mourning the loss of Margaret John, who played Old Nan.

"We were deeply saddened to hear about Margaret's passing," the statement said. "She was a warm and wonderful person, and she was completely fantastic in her scenes with Isaac. We wish she could see them... but many people will, and they will love her. We will miss her terribly."

John certainly left her mark on 'Game of Thrones.' In a memorable voiceover heard on various promotional spots for the show, Old Nan talks about how "winter is coming" to the world of Westeros in a way that makes your spine tingle (the text of her speech is here). She'll be missed.

For a recent story on 'Game of Thrones,' which includes comments from Benioff, Weiss, cast member Emilia Clarke and co-executive producer George R.R. Martin (on whose novels the TV series is based), look here. Thoughts on a recent 15-minute highlight reel screened for the media are here.

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Marko - Hear Me Roar

Interesting news, surprising to hear about the new composer, thanks.

Mo ... sorry to be a stickler, but it's John and not Johns. A typo to fix in a couple of places.

February 03 2011 at 2:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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