Noted nerd Andrew Luck explains why he won’t watch ‘Game of Thrones’
Andrew Luck makes no bones about it: He’s a self-admitted nerd. Which is why it’s so bizarre that the Indianapolis Colts geeky quarterback refuses to watch “Game of Thrones.”
“I actually don’t watch ‘Game of Thrones,'” he said.
Although to some folks, his reasons for not watching the wildly popular HBO series are perfectly legitimate, if not an unfortunate state of affairs.
Luck, who is an avid fan of “The Lord of the Rings” — and has his own book club — also counts himself among the devotees of George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” book series, from which “Game of Thrones” is based … at least up until the current season of the show.
This is where Luck’s devotion to Martin’s unfinished series of books — currently stuck on five, much to the chagrin of the fans — is causing him a conflict of interest. Luck has read all five books and is eagerly awaiting the sixth installment, “The Winds of Winter.”
The problem is Martin is taking an agonizingly long time to release the book. This has caused the show’s creators no choice but to not only deviate from the story lines set forward in the books, but to come up with events not yet covered in “A Song of Ice and Fire.”
While rumors indicate that showrunners David Benioff and D. B. Weiss have consulted with Martin, it’s unclear how much the current sixth season is based upon what may happen in “The Winds of Winter” and what will be nothing like what ultimately occurs in the book.
That’s why Luck won’t watch the show. Granted, he admits to watching a few episodes, calling them “fantastic.” But the risk of discovering information that will be revealed in the upcoming book is simply too great for Luck to take, even though teammate Dwayne Allen plays the role of potential spoiler.
“Of course I read the books,” Luck said on “The Ringer NFL Show” podcast. “I have seen a couple of episodes (and) they’re fantastic, but I understand that the shows are sort of past the books now, so I’m really trying to stay away from anybody talking about the shows. Especially Dwayne Allen, who talks about them a lot.”
Saying waiting for the book will “make it that much sweeter,” Luck acknowledged the relative inane nature of missing out on such an awesome show, especially for a dweeb like himself.
“I know, the fool that I am,” he said.
In other words, Luck is the NFL’s version of Ser Dontos Hollard. In a manner of speaking.
[H/T Sporting News]