Spoiler alert! This post contains spoilers for “Beyond the Wall,” episode 6 of “Game of Thrones” season 7.
Famous people are also caught up in the “Game of Thrones” cultural phenomenon, and that includes some famous people in the sports world. But none may be as enthusiastic about the show as Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
The former Cal Golden Bears star is known for espousing some intricate fan theories in interviews, telling one reporter earlier this month, “I am totally dialed in and locked in with everything that’s going on right now.”
But it sounds like even a mega-fan like Rodgers couldn’t predict what was coming Sunday night: a plot twist at the end of the penultimate episode of Season 7 that left fans all over the world tweeting their devastation about the death of a certain character.
Spoiler alert! Stop reading if you haven’t seen the episode yet and don’t want any surprises ruined!
The basic gist of Sunday night’s episode is that Jon Snow and his Dream Team of fan favorite warriors went north of the wall on a not-very-well-thought-out plan to capture a wight. Of course, it backfired with the group surrounded on an ice island by a massive army of wights. Just as they were about to be torn apart by the raging pack, Dany swooped into the rescue riding a dragon. But, for some reason, her two other dragons came along.
Unfortunately, the Night King threw an ice spear into the air, demonstrating the pinpoint precision that Rodgers himself has been known to display at crucial points in nationally televised games. The Night King nailed his target: Dany’s dragon Viserion.
“Game of Thrones” fans poured out their grief via social media, with one going so far as to call it “the hardest death of the series, even over Ned’s.” Others made the inevitable football-related jokes, as in the Night King should be recruited to play quarterback for the New York Jets.
But Rodgers topped all the football-related tweets with his own, reflecting his own renown for connecting a Hail Mary or two, as Uproxx reported.
“Wish that Hail Mary hadn’t been completed tonight. #thrones”
Wish that Hail Mary hadn’t been completed tonight. #thrones
— Aaron Rodgers (@AaronRodgers12) August 21, 2017
But the site noted that some other high-level athletes got into the conversation, expression their admiration for the Night King’s arm strength and accuracy. The U.S. Olympic team is interested in recruiting him to throw javelin.
— U.S. Olympic Team (@TeamUSA) August 21, 2017
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