It’s a little on-the-nose for a show about a powerful chair to use the song "Sit Down" in a trailer, but that’s what Game of Thrones did to us with the latest taste of Season 7.
The song, by British rock outfit James, plays over slow-motion footage of Cersei (Lena Headey), Daenerys (Emilia Clarke), and Jon (Kit Harington) seating themselves in turn at the Iron Throne.
For reference, the original "Sit Down" video is…nothing like this promo:
It seems an unconventional choice, but the lyrics are more Thrones-y than you’d think:
I sing myself to sleep
A song from the darkest hour
Secrets I can’t keep
In sight of the day
Swing from high to deep
Extremes of sweet and sour
Hope that God exists
I hope, I pray
Drawn by the undertow
My life is out of control
I believe this wave will bear my weight
So let it flow
Oh sit down
Oh sit down
Oh sit down
Sit down next to me
Sit down, down, down, down, down
im HOWLING at the game of thrones trailer usin sit down by james its an absolute bevvied northern wedding party song
— kate (@kateerushton) March 30, 2017
Mashable editor Kate Sommers-Dawes said it "kinda kilt the mood for me tbh," while one of Mashable’s preeminent nerds Chris Taylor said it "adds nothing" and felt like iTunes had accidentally started playing music from his computer.
James member Tim Booth was, naturally, highly in favor of the use:
Ah yes, Sit Down, is the song behind the new Game of Thrones trailer. Now if they only invite us to play at Daenery’coronation…
— Tim Booth (@RealTimBooth) March 30, 2017
Not sure about this remix, but maybe if it works if you don’t know the song? https://t.co/5VFJJ0TiHm Game of Thrones Season 7 trailer.
— Ric Thomas (@ricthomas) March 30, 2017
I disliked the song in that new Game of Thrones ad so much I stopped watching it after 15 seconds.
— Boogie 🌾 (@Boogieknight) March 30, 2017
Does anyone know the song from Game of Thrones’ the trailer? I know it’s from James – Sit Down but it’s a different version, right?
— Karin Klinczak (@karinzoca) March 30, 2017
It does sound like a cover, but HBO confirmed that it is an echoey, eerie version of the original.
"Having read the books, and watched the series twice, I was very excited when Game Of Thrones asked to use ‘Sit Down’ for their preview," Booth said in a statement. "I think the last two songs used were ‘Heroes’ and ‘Wicked Game’ — so we are in great company. We thought they would make their own version, to suit the landscape of the series, but apparently, they were attached to the original."
I reckon the song on that game of thrones trailer made it about 10x better yano
— Chris (@ChrisssssRe) March 30, 2017
I want to shake the hand of whoever suggested to include a song by ‘James’ in the Game of Thrones promo.
— Graeme Harwell (@GraemeHarwell) March 30, 2017
I can’t believe Game of Thrones have used Sit Down (aka my karaoke song) on the new trailer hahaha
— Dan (@HYDCK_DNL) March 30, 2017
Since we’re going with literal songs, may we suggest some for future promos? How about this perfect Cersei song to match that breath of cold air she released:
Or maybe this power anthem for the Night King:
One thing is for sure — no one will be sitting down next to anyone on the Iron Throne.