Aaron Rodgers goes all out to avoid ‘Game of Thrones’ spoilers
Aaron Rodgers just might be one of the biggest “Game of Thones” fanboys in professional sports. So much so, in fact, word has gotten out that even Rodgers’ Green Bay Packers teammates have been put on notice not to spoil an episode before he gets a chance to see it.
The HBO smash series is now in its seventh and penultimate season, meaning everything is coming to a head as the groundbreaking show nears its end. And Rodgers isn’t about to allow each cherished, remaining episode be spoiled ahead of viewing it.
Rodgers revealed recently during an interview with The Ringer that he wisely avoids social media in the days following the premiere of a new episode each Sunday. Packers tackle Bryan Bulaga also recalled a recent “GoT”-themed interaction with Rodgers at training camp.
In addition to preemptively warding off fans, the quarterback has to protect himself from the guys who normally protect him. On Sunday night, tackle Bryan Bulaga approached Rodgers near the dorms for training camp.
“I said, ‘It was amazing!’ and he said, ‘I don’t even want to hear any reactions!’” Bulaga says. “It’s not my fault that you don’t watch it live. That is not my problem.”
“I said, ‘Stop, stop, stop, I’m behind,’” Rodgers says. “Monday morning, a couple of guys are going, ‘Well …’ and you’re going, ‘Stop stop stop.’”
Rodgers during the interview also demonstrated a deep and thorough knowledge of not only the series, but the books on which it is based — “A Song of Ice and Fire” by George R.R. Martin — courtesy of a pretty compelling theory. Although only those who are caught up through the fourth episode of Season 7, “Spoils of War,” should be encouraged to read it.
“Game of Thrones” of course has become a veritable cultural phenomenon that has made serious inroads into the world of sports on myriad levels. Interestingly, Rodgers isn’t the only pro sports superstar who has had recent dealings with teammates over potential spoilers, either.