The sixth season of the fantasy drama television series Game of Thrones was ordered by HBO on April 8, 2014, together with the fifth season, and premiered on April 24, 2016. The season consists largely of original content not found in George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, but also adapts material from the upcoming sixth novel The Winds of Winter and the fourth and fifth novels, A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons.
The music for the series is composed by Ramin Djawadi. The first season’s soundtrack, written in about ten weeks before the show’s premiere, was published by Varèse Sarabande in June 2011. Soundtrack albums for the subsequent seasons have also been published, featuring tracks performed by the bands The National, The Hold Steady, and Sigur Rós.
The series’ instrumental title music has been covered numerous times. Lyrics were added for the first time in 2014, when “Weird Al” Yankovic performed a parody version during the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards. In March 2015, FORTE added lyrics based on High Valyrian text for an operatic performance and music video.
The Season 6 soundtrack was released digitally on June 24, 2016, and will be released on CD on July 29, 2016. The album reached No. 1 on the Billboard‘s Soundtracks chart, and the track from the season finale “Light of the Seven” reached No. 1 on Billboard‘s Spotify Viral 50 chart.