Benioff added: “When the commander-in-chief says, ‘I want to see advanced episodes,’ what are you gonna do?”
HBO is remaining mum on the subject, but if Obama gets advanced copies, he’s the only person outside of HBO to do so. In an unprecedented move, HBO decided not to send any screeners to journalists or industry insiders. The move was to maintain the secrecy of the show’s season 6 storylines, which are expanding beyond the scope of author George R.R. Martin’s novels for the first time.
Last month, Thrones actor Liam Cunningham told Vulture that Obama gets advance copies of the show, though it wasn’t clear at the time if he was referring to season 6. “Did you know he gets advance copies? POTUS. He gets DVD copies before we do. And we’re in it!” the actor said.