HBO has released the official lyric video of “Jenny of Oldstones” by Florence + The Machine, the haunting song which premiered during the closing credits of the second episode of Game of Thrones Season 8.
A short verse of it was sung by Podrick Payne earlier during the episode featuring a montage of Arya and Gendry, Sansa and Theon, Sam and Gilly, Missandei and Grey Worm, and Jon and Daenerys.
It’s a foreboding choice of song because according to Westerosi folklore and from the A Song of Ice and Fire books, “Jenny of Oldstones” is a sad tale of a prince having to choose between true love and the Iron Throne which leads to lots of bloodshed.
What’s interesting, and intriguing at the same time, is that some book readers believe that “Jenny’s Song” was actually written by Prince Rhaegar himself. He sang a song at a feast at the Tourney of Harrenhal that made Jon Snow’s mother, Lyanna Stark, weep.
This must have been where their love affair starts and many think it was “Jenny’s Song” that got Lyanna. Rhaegar’s facility for song also gets a mention in this episode when Dany is thinking back on him.