If you didn’t recognize the catchy tune accompanying the “Game of Thrones” Season 7 trailer released Thursday, then you can be forgiven as it pre-dates some of the HBO hit’s stars. But like many of the cast members, it does hail from England.
The battle for the Iron Throne being waged between Cersei (Lena Heady), Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) and Jon (Kit Harington) is played out to the soundtrack of the 1989 hit “Sit Down” by British indie band, James.
The often-repeated line “sit down next me” has clear connotations as the key players make their long, slow walk to take a seat at the throne, as does “in love, in fear, in fear, in hate, in tears” considering how much blood has been shed over the past six seasons.
We’re sure it’s no coincidence that the line “those who find they’re touched by madness,” is played for Cersei’s opening shot seeing as she blew up King’s Landing and sacrificed her last surviving child just to keep the crown for herself last season.
Hailing from Manchester in the north of England, James are as from beyond the Wall in real-life terms as the Wildings are.
And while some millennial “Game of Throne” fans were utterly confused by the pairing, you can’t deny that the lyrics (if not the song’s tone) are a perfect fit for the upcoming drama.
James frontman, Tim Booth, was happy about it at least, as was this writer, who’s an original fan of the “Madchester” greats.
Ah yes, Sit Down, is the song behind the new Game of Thrones trailer. Now if they only invite us to play at Daenery'coronation…
— Tim Booth (@RealTimBooth) March 30, 2017
“Having read the books, and watched the series twice, I was very excited when Game Of Thrones asked to use ‘Sit Down’ for their preview,” Booth said in a statement, according to Mashable. “I think the last two songs used were ‘Heroes’ and ‘Wicked Game’ — so we are in great company. We thought they would make their own version, to suit the landscape of the series, but apparently, they were attached to the original.”
The song’s retro late ’80s video features what could be perceived as a wooden Iron Throne and a dog that looks a little Direwolf-ish (hell, there’s even a random shaggy sheep).
Watch the “GoT” trailer above, the “Sit Down” video below — and keep counting down the weeks/days/hours to the Season 7 premiere on July 16.