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When you’re the leader of the free world you get to do a lot a lot of cool stuff. You have your own plane and your own movie theater. You get to meet all kinds of famous people from world leaders, to the Super Bowl Champions. You get to do a bit on The Colbert Report. You also get to corner TV directors and grill them about your favorite show. So what do you do when The President wants spoilers?
Entertainment Weekly caught up with David Nutter, the man who directed the Season 5 finale of HBO's Game of Thrones who recently had the opportunity to meet President Obama. The President is a apparently a big fan of the show, just like everybody else, and one question for the man:
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?’
It’s the question that everybody is looking to answer. Unfortunately for fans of Jon Snow the director’s response echoed that of Kit Harrington himself, and there’s really no wiggle room here.
I said, ‘Jon Snow is deader than dead'...I thought I was going to be sent to Guantanamo or something, but fortunately I’m here — but he’s dead.
The President is apparently also upset that his favorite characters keep dying, so that’s something we all have in common with the President of the United States. This is hardly the first time that Thrones has upset viewers by killing off a much loved character. It’s pretty much Standard Operating Procedure for the series. Mr. Obama told Nutter that the Red Wedding episode has been his favorite, an odd choice for somebody who doesn’t like to see characters die. Maybe he didn’t like Rob Stark. Still, it says something when the one thing the President asks David Nutter is the same thing you would have asked if you were talking to him at the bar.
Fans of the show are looking for literally any sign that Jon Snow is not dead even though it seems everybody who is in a position to know has been unequivocal in their statements that it is the case. While we know a few things about Season 6, everything we have says the man is gone.
Now we want to know what other shows the President of the United States watches. With his level of access he could be an amazing news reporter. Any writer, director, or actor would take his phone call. Does Barack watch The Flash? We want to know what’s inside that storm cloud.