HBO is being exceptionally secretive with Game of Thrones this season — so much so that it has decided to not send out any advance copies to media or industry insiders. That leaves only two ways to know the fate of Jon Snow ahead of time:
- Work on the show
- Successfully campaign to be the 44th President of the United States in 2008, do a decent enough job to be re-elected in 2012, and ask nicely
That second option really only applies to one person — and it’s an option that President Barack Obama has reportedly taken up. During HBO’s Facebook Live stream from this week’s lavish Hollywood premiere event, showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss revealed that Obama both asked for and will receive advanced screenings. Said Benioff, “When the commander-in-chief says, ‘I want to see advanced episodes,’ what are you gonna do?”
(The correct answer, of course, is to say, “thank you, sir, but you’re just gonna have to watch it Sunday nights like everyone else.” But that isn’t the answer they gave.)
This is the first season of Game of Thrones that will go beyond the novels in a major way (whether or not the books take a different narrative path is unknown, pending George R. R. Martin actually sitting down and finishing the next one). Even if everyone is pretty damn sure Jon Snow is coming back, HBO is keeping everything very quiet until each episode airs.
Unless, of course, Obama gets overzealous and tweets spoilers ahead of time.
But he wouldn’t do that.