Music, music, music! The Walking Dead has completely, totally, fabulous music. There are so many times when a scene is made truly memorable by the music choices. It’s hard to pick only seven, but here goes.
The Hand, Bear McCreary, Tell It to the Frogs (103)
Bear McCreary is a genius. The music slowly builds in intensity as it underscores the scene with Shane and Ed, then carries over to the search for Merle. Fabulous.
The Regulator, by Clutch, Nebraska (208)
The reason I included this one is that it marks an important point in the sh ow. It is the first time we have heard any dark-toned music associated with Rick, and it is there because it is the first time he has killed a human being. In self-defense, yes, but you can see it on his face–he has taken a new step in adapting to this kill-or-be-killed world.
You are the Wilderness, by Voxhaul Broadcast, Prey (314)
This is perfect as the camera slowly winds through the Governor’s dark basement hallways, pushes through a door, and shows us Andrea gagged and handcuffed to a chair by the Governor.
Up the Wolves, by The Mountain Goats, Still (412)
Some of my favorite scenes in the whole show. This episode is about Daryl, and how Beth helps him move forward, letting go of his past and the person he used to be. Burning down the house is wonderful therapy, and the song is a perfect accompaniment. Great stuff.
Blackbird Song, Lee DeWyze, Alone (413)
Bob’s theme song, and it is wonderful. I especially like the way it is used as Bob, Sasha and Maggie reunited and are a team again.
Reconciliation, Bear McCreary, Welcome to the Tombs (416)
This is such a beautiful, beautiful sequence, with beautiful, beautiful music. Rick brings in the stragglers from Woodbury; the old, the sick, the children. Watching these people whose friends have just been murdered by the Governor, welcomed by our group, walking past Hershel and into the prison. Then the shot of the field outside the prison, lit by the golden sunset with walkers ambling around. And the last shot of the episode is the wooden cross. The music here is nothing less than Bear McCreary channeling from the heavens.
Easy Street, The Collapsible Hearts Club, The Cell (703)
Not on the list for beauty, that’s for sure. But as far as impact, it rates right up there–in that horribly annoying, can’t get it out of your head, way. I can imagine everyone at TWD cracking up when someone first came up with the idea and played it for the producers or directors or whoever they play it for. “Here’s what Daryl’s going to be forced to listen to in the cell!” Genius. This is why the show completely rocks.