Most people have clearly defined opinions regarding TV spoilers for big shows like Game of Thrones or The Walking Dead. Most groups of friends and couples have rules about when talking about something openly is fine, and apparently, those codes of conduct extend to the locker room too. Recently, a slew of NFL players revealed their love for HBO’s hit fantasy drama Game of Thrones, and the one thing they have in common is they all want to talk about the latest developments. That said, if you aren’t down with GOT spoilers, now’s a great time to hop out of this article.
Washington Redskins tight end Niles Paul bluntly told the Wall Street Journal that other players either need to get on board or get out of the room when Game of Thrones is being discussed.
If you don’t know that Jon Snow died, if you don’t know what the White Walkers are, that’s not my problem.
Casually dropping a full-spoiler mention of Jon Snow’s death scene at the end of Season 5 is probably the funniest thing I’ve read all day. In terms of worrying about spoiling anyone, Paul clearly couldn’t give a rat’s ass. Then again, since we’ve been getting mixed messages about whether or not Jon Snow will actually return in Season 6, maybe it’s not so spoilery, after all.
Amusingly, Game of Thrones seems to be a common bonding force through the pro football league. The players are willing to wait a couple of days before they talk Game of Thrones with one another to make sure people are caught up, but after that, spoilers are totally fair game. Redskins offensive lineman Kory Lichtensteiger said the following.
I’ll wait a couple of days. But I mean, if you haven’t watched it by then, close your ears. Earmuffs. I want to talk about it.
As Game of Thrones is on the air for longer and longer, it only gets more popular, as evidenced by huge ratings this past spring. It’s not a huge shock to suppose that a bunch of crazy athletic football players would get into the fantasy drama, but the passion for the hit show is pretty overwhelming, especially considering it can lead to spoiler-related problems if you aren’t caught up. The article even notes how one player bingewatched 5 episodes in a row during the first night of training camp so that he could be in on the conversation. Now, that’s dedication.
Game of Thrones will return for Season 6 in 2016. You can catch everything we know about Season 6 so far, here.