It's good to be President.
Every Game of Thrones fan in the world cannot wait to see season 6. In fact, some diehard fans have spent over $10,000 just to watch the premiere. But not President Barack Obama. The President of the United States will know the fate of Jon Snow ahead of everyone else who didn't get to go to the season 6 premiere.
According to Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss during HBO's Facebook Live stream at the show's premiere event in Hollywood last on Sunday, the President will get advance season 6 episodes because he wanted them.
I think, for both of us, finding out the President wanted advanced copies of the episodes was an ‘ah-ha' moment. That was a very strange moment.
Asked if they said yes, Weiss replied:
Yes. He's the leader of the free world.
Benioff also said:
When the commander-in-chief says, ‘I want to see advanced episodes,' what are you gonna do?
According to EW, Obama is now the only person outside of HBO who gets to watch advanced copies of season 6 since HBO isn't sending screeners to journalists or industry insiders.
Game of Thrones season 6 storylines are expanding ahead and beyond George R.R. Martin's novels for the first time since the author hasn't finished Winds of Winter yet. It's not surprising if HBO wants to keep a tight lid on the events of the series.
Last summer, Thrones director David Nutter told EW that the President asked him about the fate of Jon Snow:
Three weeks ago, I was the in the company of the President of the United States. He turned to me, put his hand on my shoulder, and said, ‘You didn't kill Jon Snow did you?'
Meanwhile, Nutter replied that "Jon Snow is deader than dead."
Jon Snow may be dead, but he can still be resurrected. Nothing is impossible in Game of Thrones. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
For the rest of the world, the debut of Game of Thrones season 6 can be viewed on HBO on April 24.