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Over the years, HBO's adaptation of Game of Thrones has diverged quite a bit from the A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin, but the moments when the two once again overlap are downright magical. Such is the case with the inclusion of the song "Jenny of Oldstones" as sung by Podrick Payne (Daniel Portman) during season eight's second episode. Florence and the Machine covered the song for the show's closing credits, making them the only pop group featured in the final season (so far).
Fans of the books may recognize "Jenny of Oldstones" as a destitute woman who won the heart of Prince Duncan Targaryen and married him even though he was already betrothed to the daughter of Lord Lyonel Baratheon and against the wishes of Prince Targaryens' father, King Aegon Targaryen V. King Aegon attempted to dismantle the union, but Duncan refused to leave Jenny and gave up his right to the throne. Lord Baratheon was so enraged at the slight by the Targaryens that he raised the Stormlands in a brief but bloody rebellion.
Jenny - Story - Songs - Nature - Commoner
Jenny's story inspired many songs by her nature of being the commoner for whom the heir to the Iron Throne gave up his crown in the name of love. In that way, the song is not only apropos of the situation between Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen as the truth...
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