MAN. Didn't see that coming on Game of Thrones last nigh, eh? I knew that everyone who had read the third book gave a warning before this season started that this is when sh*t gets real—when the long plot set-ups of the first two seasons start to finally pay off—but I'll admit I still jumped out of my season during that final minute.
I'm talking, of course, about the song that played over the end credits. What'd you think I was talking about?
Who could have seen a Hold Steady song—sounding like it was ripped straight from the jukebox of the best dive bar you've ever been to—playing over the end credits of a swords-and-castles fantasy? The lyrics were written by George R.R. Martin and the composition came from show composer Ramin Djawadi, but it was unmistakably the Hold Steady's. Listen to "The Bear & The Maiden Fair" again above.