Everyone involved with Game of Thrones is a tease. At least it feels that way in the run up to the final season premiere on Sunday.
The latest tease? A Spotify playlist that allegedly contains the “answer to the ending” of the series.
Showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss gave the playlist to the streaming service, and Spotify introduced it in a blog post.
From that post, with Spotify’s links included:
The answer to the ending is one hundred percent hidden in the playlist choices,” Benioff and Weiss told For the Record in an email. “No one will believe us, but it’s true.”
However, sending fans scrambling through a playlist for a secret wasn’t the creators’ intention so much as wanting to share their love of rock, metal, and several other music genres.
(After all, the band Mastodon appeared as zombie wights in the season-seven finale.) Among the tracks that Benioff and Weiss included in the new playlist: “Her Black Wings” by Danzig, “Sleep Now in the Fire” by Rage Against The Machine, and “Girl from the North Country” by Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan.
“We were looking for songs that made us feel the way the show made us feel,” the creators explained. “There’s variety in there—Rage is not Johnny Cash. But they both have a deep inherent power.”
Let’s be real, you have to be deeply embedded in the Thrones story and the whole mythology to pull this kind of revelation from a list of songs like this.
But given the show’s popularity, there are plenty of people who will probably nail it.
It’s 50 tracks, ending with U2‘s “Love Is Blindness”—a song which contains the lyric, “Love is blindness, I don’t want to see / Won’t you wrap the night around me? / Oh, my love / Blindness…”
Could there be something related to the White Walkers and their leader the Night King in this song’s selection?
We’ve still got time to listen over and over and figure it out. Game of Thrones Season 8 premieres April 14.