Congratulations Game of Thrones, a new song may finally be replacing "The Rains of Castemere" on the Westeros charts. Podrick singing "Jenny of Oldstones" on Game of Thrones was a nice moment in an episode full of nice moments — but it could have major implications. Yes, there are already theories about the tune. Are we surprised?
Not only did Pod serenade everyone at the pre-battle bonfire with his rendition, the song was covered by Florence +The Machine at the end of the episode as well. According to a press release from HBO, "longtime Florence fans David Benioff and D.B. Weiss approached the group personally to do a song for the final season. They said in a joint statement,“We’ve always been huge fans of Florence’s music, and the Season 2 trailer with her song "Seven Devils" was possibly the most powerful we’ve ever had."
They added, “So the opportunity to hear her otherworldly voice on our show was always at the forefront of our minds. We’re still pleasantly shocked that she agreed to sing "Jenny of Oldstones," and we’re in love with the result.” Florence added in the same statement from HBO, “When I first heard the song it sounded like a Celtic lullaby to me. Celtic music has always been in my blood, so I felt like I could do something with it. The magic and ritual in Game of Thrones, not to mention the costumes, have always appealed to me. I am honored to be a part of the final season.”
So, what exactly does this song mean — and what is its significance in Westeros history? According to Joanna Robinson of Vanity Fair, "Jenny of Oldstones" is a callback to the books that may predict what's ahead for Jon and Daenerys.
In the books, Jenny fell in love with Duncan Targaryen and he abdicated the throne in order to be with her. Unlike many songs and legends on Game of Thrones, these events were fairly recent, because Duncan's decision is how Westeros ended up with the Mad King Aerys Targaryen on the Iron Throne. Because Duncan chose love over power, the realm suffered. Now that Daenerys has learned that her lover (and nephew, which nobody seems concerned enough about) Jon Snow has a higher claim to the throne, one of both of them may soon be making a similar choice. They even have the same initials.
But there's another reason why this song may be significant, and it has to do with the good old Azor Ahai prophecy. One of Jenny's friends, a psychic, told the royal family that she predicted the savior would come from Aerys and Rhaella's blood. Both Daenerys and Jon are, as strange as it is, from that line. This definitely points to either them, or potentially their child, being Azor Ahai.
Both Duncan and Jenny died in a fire, thanks to the Mad King. Does that also mean Daenerys and Jon are doomed to die — possibly in the ice, thanks to the Night King, or the Mad Queen Cersei Lannister? The parallels are spooky, it's a lot to mull over, and time is running out on Game of Thrones. Podrick's soothing song may be the last warning we get.