What Is the Significance of Podrick's Song 'Jenny of Oldstones'?

What Is the Significance of Podrick's Song 'Jenny of Oldstones'?

I am honoured to be a part of the final season.

If this week's quiet before the storm in Winterfell is the closest we'll ever come to a Game of Thrones feel-good episode, then the high point came when squire Podrick Payne (Daniel Portman) cut through the long night with a rendition of a folk song steeped deep in Westerosi mythology. There really is no telling whether "Jenny's Song" and its many meanings reflects how the series will conclude, or whether Jon will actually chose love over power during the finale, but there's a chance that the tune does encapsulate what will happen in the end.

The Importance of Jenny's Story While "Jenny of Oldstones" makes for ideal accompaniment as this episode closes out and we see the last defenders of Westeros preparing for their greatest battle, it has some deeper implications for two characters in particular.

It refers to a peasant girl who married Prince Duncan Targaryen. Targaryen had to choose between inherting the Iron Throne or Jenny, ultilmately choosing the latter. He was also betrothed to a Baratheon daughter, but he forfeited his claim to the throne in order to marry for love. The story isn't touched upon in the show itself, but it is addressed in the novel, A Song of Ice and Fire.

During episode 2, Jon reveals to his lady love that he's actually her nephew, the son of her brother Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark, and the rightful heir to the Iron Throne, given he's a living male descendent of Aerys "The Mad King" Targaryen.

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Jenny would dance with her ghosts.

What do the lyrics mean?

So there are a couple of aspects of "Jenny's Song" that could predict what's to come.

There are a few obvious parallels to Jenny's story and the show's two main leads, Jon and Daenerys. Weiss and Benioff have actually confirmed that Florence will be the very last musical guest on the show, which gives "Jenny Oldstones" even more of a feeling of finality and portent.

The reference to Jenny's "ghost" and how she "never wanted to leave" also seems to strike a chord with the looming threat of death. Picture: Getty Did Florence Welch sing the end credits?

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