Finally giving birth certificate-obsessed Facebook uncles and their nerdy, TV-loving nieces and nephews a common topic of ire, TV Guide is reporting that President Barack Obama will get to see new episodes of Game Of Thrones before anybody else on earth. Obama apparently requested advance copies of the show’s sixth season—which is set to debut on April 24 for those of us toiling away in non-ovoid offices—from its showrunners, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.
“When the commander-in-chief says, ‘I want to see advance episodes,’ what are you gonna do?” asked Benioff, who you’d think would be a little better at saying no to heads of state and guys controlling massive military forces by now, given how often he deals with them in the show. He and Weiss were way better, meanwhile, at rebuffing journalists’ requests for similar early access, which was denied on the grounds of maintaining secrecy for the series’ upcoming premiere.
Presumably, President Obama’s access to the nuclear launch codes and the truth about Area 51 means he’s got enough clearance to not spoil the fact that Jon Snow is definitely still actually alive, no matter how many times Kit Harington tries to convince us that he’s not. Also, the presidential TV blog is going to do killer traffic when it posts its reviews of the new episodes minutes after they eventually air, even if Obama’s stance on story structure, sword control and the strategic use of dragons is likely to draw harsh criticism from HitFix’s Alan Sepinwall and Obama’s enemies in the House.