Game of Thrones returns on April 24, and the only person guaranteed an advanced screener lives in the White House. Yes, President Obama is using his few remaining executive powers to watch frozen zombies, crazy fire witches and religious zealots on HBO’s much-anticipated drama—it probably reminds him of this election cycle.

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When asked how Obama got a screener when no journalists could, show runners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss essentially told the Hollywood Reporter ‘How can we say no to the POTUS?’

“He’s the leader of the free world,” Weiss reasoned, with Benioff adding, “When the commander-in-chief says ‘I want to see advanced episodes,’ what are you going to do?”

Obama aside, if you’re hoping for a bootleg link, you’re going to have to work a bit harder; since the first few episodes of last season leaked last year, HBO has locked George R.R. Martin’s fantastical kingdom up tight.


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