If that just-released Game of Thrones trailer has you hyped, you might want to get Obama on the text. President Barack Obama continues to scoop everyone with advanced copies of the highly speculated HBO series, Tech Insider reports. In fact, Obama will likely see much of Season 6 before those actually starring in it even get a chance.
"I think, for both of us, finding out the President wanted advanced copies of the episodes was an 'aha' moment," co-showrunner D.B. Weiss said at the Hollywood premiere of the new season's first episode on Sunday. "That was a very strange moment." Dave Benioff, the same guy who recently revealed that the new episodes span nearly 4 million feet of film, said such a request kind of leaves you with no choice. "When the commander-in-chief says, 'I want to see advanced episodes,' what are you gonna do?"
Liam Cunningham, a.k.a. Ser Davos, previously spoke about Obama's enviable Thrones privileges in an interview with Vulture back in March. "Did you know he gets advance copies?" Cunningham said. "POTUS. He gets DVD copies before we do. And we're in it!" Cunningham, as evidenced in his appearance on Conan last week, has quite a penchant for dropping highly quotable Thrones knowledge. After chopping it up with Conan O'Brien about how HBO may or may not have sent a sniper along with him to prevent spoilers, Cunningham gifted the audience with a brief Thrones clip in which Jon Snow was seemingly taking a very deep and relaxing nap.
As for Obama, he has proven time and time again to have pretty decent taste in TV. Though he didn't name-drop Game of Thrones as a top favorite in 2015, POTUS did make a point to mention the Cinemax stomach-turner The Knick. If we look closely enough, perhaps all of this is pointing toward a possible post-presidency place for Obama in the field of TV criticism. Please make that a thing that actually happens.
To help Obama (and all of us) keep up with all the names present in the Game of Thrones story, fellow fan of the show Stephen Colbert put together a generous catch-up lesson: