But for as much of a superstar as he is, Rodgers is just like everyone else in at least one way: He loves Game of Thrones.
The HBO series is the biggest television show in the world, and it’s only gotten bigger now that there are just two seasons left. Season 7 finishes airing its seven episodes on August 27, while Season 8 will consist of six episodes, airing in 2018 or 2019.
During training camp, Rodgers spoke with The Ringer about his love for the show, and dished on some of the debates he has with his teammates about all the theories regarding what’s going on in Westeros. Rodgers compared Thrones to another show he used to be obsessed with, saying he finds the HBO series to be “the first show, to me, that has been as intriguing and as interesting as Lost.”
Warning: SPOILERS will definitely follow.
On his favorite characters:
“I’m a huge Jon Snow fan. I love Arya, because she’s back in the mix now. She’s sparring with Brienne of Tarth, which was a weird moment, I think, for Sansa,” Rodgers said. “To see her little sister, who is incredible—and now [Sansa] knows [Arya] has this list that [Sansa] thought [Arya] was joking about—but no, she’s probably been going out and killing people.”
On his favorite theories—including a very popular one that involves Jon Snow (Kit Harington), Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), and Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage):
“I think that Jon Snow, Daenerys, and the Hand of the Queen [Tyrion Lannister]—I think they are all related. Three dragons, three riders, three siblings,” Rodgers said. “We know from Bran, the Three-Eyed Raven, that Ned Stark was not Jon Snow’s father. And that could make Daenerys and Jon [relatives]. And then Tyrion, we don’t know who his mother is, who Tywin slept with. The Mad King might have been his father, I think there’s some sort of relationship. At least Jon Snow and Daenerys are going to be working together, and they are mining the dragon glass.”
On Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey):
“Oh, I would love to see Cersei get her head whacked off,” Rodgers said.
On the insane episode 4 dragon battle:
“I hope more stuff happens like what happened in [“The Spoils of War”],” Rodgers said. “Fantastic episode, phenomenal writing.”
On why he loves Thrones as much as Lost and The Office, two of his past favorite shows:
“There are just so many storylines, and you have to really pay attention to keep up,” Rodgers says. “With these shows, I’m dialed in and I really want to tie everything together. I love the [‘previously on’ recaps] to start the episodes. It’s very interesting stuff. I don’t like a lot of people talking during it; I’d rather watch alone. I just love this show, and I want to concentrate.”
On his favorite supporting characters:
“Jorah is back now in the mix,” Rodgers said. “It’s great.”
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