The wait for the third season of “Game of Thrones” finally comes to an end on Sunday night (Mar. 31), with the brilliantly bloody HBO drama transporting its quickly growing army of fans back to Westeros. The first two seasons of the show have left the diehards yearning for answers: will Jon Snow return safely to his brethren at the Wall? Will Robb Stark finally get the best of the hated Lannisters? And, most importantly, what modern-day song would each of the many main characters utilize as a personal anthem?
Fortunately, Billboard.com can answer that last question. If you’ve ever wondered what Tyrion, Daenerys, Joffrey and the others would have cued up on their iPods? Check out Billboard.com’s “Game of Thrones” character playlist, which captures the inner thoughts and desires of our favorite heroes and villains.
Cersei Lannister — Beyonce, “Run The World (Girls)”
Sure, Joffrey may technically be king, but his scheming mother is actually the one holding the power in King’s Landing.
Tyrion Lannister — T-Pain feat. Mike Jones, “I’m N Luv (Wit A Stripper)”
The smartest man in the Seven Kingdoms is entranced by Shae, a prostitute who, as T-Pain might say, has the body of a goddess.
Arya Stark — Britney Spears, “I’m Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman”
After being separated by her family, the youngest Stark girl has had to quickly adapt to her surroundings and leave her innocent childhood behind — immediately bringing to mind Britney Spears, of course.
Catelyn Stark — Swedish House Mafia feat. John Martin, “Don’t You Worry Child”
The Stark matriarch should be blasting some Swedish House Mafia to try and convince her son Robb that letting Jaime go was the right move.
Daenerys Targaryen — Alicia Keys, “Girl On Fire”
Forget Katniss Everdeen — Daenerys, aka the Mother of Dragons is the real girl on fire, and has the fire-breathing creatures and ability to walk through flames to prove it.
Theon Greyjoy — Limp Bizkit, “Break Stuff”
It’s been one of those days for Theon, who’s betrayed his Winterfell friends in a costly move and has broken more stuff (friendships, alliances, sexual boundaries with his sister) than he ever wanted to.
Ser Jorah Mormont — N Sync, “Girlfriend”
Let’s face it: Daenerys’ closest friend wants to get out of the “friend zone” and become the Father of Dragons. If Ser Jorah Mormont made her his girlfriend, he’s definitely treat her good.
Jon Snow — Lady Gaga, “Born This Way”
Had Gaga written “Born This Way” around the time in which “Game of Thrones” is set, she definitely would have given a shout-out to bastards. Despite his recent missteps beyond the Wall, Jon Snow’s on the right track, baby, he was born to survive.
Sansa Stark — Taylor Swift, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”
Remember Sansa’s gleeful expression when Joffrey dismissed her as his queen? That just shows that, like T-Swift, the Stark daughter has no time for her ex.
Joffrey Baratheon — Kanye West, “Power”
No one brat should have all that power, as the sinister yet cowardly king has demonstrated thus far. We even bet Joffrey would hate “SNL” too.
Petyr ‘Littlefinger’ Baelish — Drake, “Started From The Bottom”
The conniving Littlefinger has cunningly risen up from nothing to become an integral cog in King’s Landing. So what if he started from the bottom? Now he’s here.
Bran Stark — Gloria Gaynor, “I Will Survive”
At first, we were afraid — petrified, even — that the young Bran would not survive past the first episode of “Game of Thrones,” but his nasty fall has turned him into something of a seer.
Robb Stark — A$AP Rocky feat. Drake, 2 Chainz & Kendrick Lamar, “Fuckin’ Problems”
How many problems does Robb Stark have? He’s exhausted his means on the battlefield, his mother just pseudo-betrayed him, his dad doesn’t have a head, his best friend just took over Winterfell, and he got married to one girl when he was promised to another. So, yeah, a lot of f–kin’ problems.
Sandor ‘The Hound’ Clegane — Icona Pop feat. Charli XCX, “I Love It”
The Hound doesn’t care about the moral implications of slaughtering men in cold blood. He loves it!
Jaime Lannister — LMFAO, “Sexy & I Know It”
The Kingslayer is spiteful, incestuous and unscrupulous, but those blonde locks are still easy on the eyes. If he heard LMFAO’s party rock anthem, he’s undoubtedly wiggle to it.
Tywin Lannister — Lil Wayne feat. 2 Chainz, “Rich as Fuck”
The eldest Lannister is literally the richest dude in the Seven Kingdoms, and, like Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz, is viewed as a savior by his supporters. Weezy would approve.
Samwell Tarly — Justin Bieber, “One Less Lonely Girl”
The emotionally stunted yet highly intellectual companion of Jon Snow just wants to find one girl in the great big world to make his own, and make a little less lonely.
Eddard ‘Ned’ Stark — Young Jeezy feat. 2 Chainz, “R.I.P.”
Yeah… so… things don’t end up going too well for Ned. But at least he can kill the club in the afterlife!
Khal Drogo — Feist, “My Moon My Man”
Leslie Feist’s gentle anthem does not depict the swift brutality of Daenerys’ late hubby, but to her, Drogo was her sun and stars, and most definitely her (highly ripped) man.
Stannis Baratheon — Mumford & Sons, “Lover of the Light”
King Robert’s super-serious brother has taken up a new light-based religion, and hoped to storm the walls of King’s Landing with a fluorescent passion.
Renly Baratheon — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Mary Lambert, “Same Love”
In the series, Renly is defined by his amiable tolerance and closeted homosexuality — two issues addressed head-on in the “Thrift Shop” duo’s winning PSA “Same Love.”
Brienne of Tarth — Chris Brown, “Don’t Judge Me”
Did you think Brienne cared about what you thought of her or her battle prowess as a female? Nope — she’s just going to strike you down.
Robert Baratheon — Rihanna, “Cheers (Drink To That)”
If the lumbering Robert Baratheon would have been alive in 2013, he would have raised his often-filled wine glass and sang “Cheers to the freaking’ weekend!” along with Rih Rih.
Viserys Targaryen — Trinidad Jame$, “All Gold Everything”
All Viserys wanted was the crown of a rightful king — what he got was fiery gold dumped on his stupid head. Even Trinidad Jame$ wouldn’t want Viserys’ ugly fate, despite the abundance of gold involved.
Ygritte — Dean Martin & Martina McBride, “Baby It’s Cold Outside”
Walking around in the tundra with Jon Snow, Ygritte tries her most bewitching moves to get the Wall warrior to relent. Perhaps she should have busted out the Dean Martin and serenaded Snow instead of lobbing explicit come-ons.