Barack Obama gets sent new episodes of Game Of Thrones in advance of them being broadcast on TV.
Although it is normal for TV critics and journalists to receive adavance copies of TV episodes for review purposes, Game Of Thrones producers go to extra lengths to keep their plotlines a secret and don’t let anyone see what they have filmed before broadcast. Anyone, that is, besides the US President.
Speaking at the Game of Thrones premiere event in Hollywood last weekend, showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss were asked what moment they knew they had “made it” with their series. Weiss replied by confirming the rumour that the Obamas get the exclusive first airing of new episodes.
“I think, for both of us, finding out the President wanted advanced copies of the episodes was an ‘ah-ha’ moment,” Weiss said (via EW). “That was a very strange moment.”
Benioff added: “When the commander-in-chief says, ‘I want to see advanced episodes,’ what are you gonna do?” with Weiss replying: “He’s the leader of the free world.”
With the show set to return to screens in the US and UK on April 24, fans are split between avoiding spoilers and actively trying to work out what the new episodes will bring. A number of spoilers have leaked ahead of S6, most recently when Ian McShane talked about the fate of his character after joining the cast for the new episodes.
McShane is not the only cast member to give away secrets this year. Sophie Turner revealed that her character Sansa Stark won’t be killed off in the series while Emilia Clarke may have revealed the fate of character Jon Snow at a recent awards ceremony.