With less than a week to go before the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones kicked off, the hysteria surrounding the show is at an unprecedented level.
The secretive nature of the show has created an environment in which rumours and questions are constantly swirling: will Cleganebowl (the Hound vs the Mountain) finally happen? Who will take the throne? Will there be a Marvel-type twist?
One rumour in particularly has caught the attention of many and this editor does not quite know how to feel about it. According to Pitchfork, the Weeknd, SZA, and Travis Scott will be collaborating on a song featuring in the final season of Game of Thrones.
The fantasy show is no stranger to incorporating modern bands into its music: throughout the seasons past, we have had features by the National, a haunting performance by Sigur Rós , and the Hold Steady performing a credit song.
These performances have all worked well with the show's fantastical and medieval tone, with the Hold Steady's song being the one to perhaps jolt viewers out of Westeros the most (although still feasibly as a song that you would hear in a tavern in the Westeros universe). So how will these three R&B artists fit in? According to Pitchfork, the shows creators asked the Weeknd to create a song "for fans". Whether or not the song will feature in an episode remains to be seen, but may possibly be rather disjointed with the show's vibe. After all, Ed Sheeran's cameo was enough to take many viewers out of the show.
Yet the fact that the Weeknd, SZA, and Travis Scott are getting involved is perhaps not surprising. All three collaborated on the soundtrack album for Black Panther curated by Kendrick Lamar, which was praised by critics as a milestone in soundtrack albums and reached the top of the Billboard 200 charts.
We may have already had a taster of this collaboration - last week, the official YouTube channel for Game of Thrones released a compilation of the show's stars arriving at the premiere accompanied by music that sounds very reminiscent of the Weeknd. The instrumental, which is unavailable for playback on other websites (a suspicious hint?), includes the usual synths and beats that one could expect from Abel Tesfaye. Perhaps we can expect an extended version of this at some point, although it remains to be seen how it will gel with the rest of the soundtrack.