Aaron Rodgers’ best performances tend to come on Sunday nights in primetime, so Game of Thrones will be nothing new for the two-time MVP. After months, years even, of hinting that he’d like to be in the seminal HBO series, even showing up in part of their pre-season 8 branding, Rodgers cryptically confirmed he’d be in the series. (Editor’s note: some season 8 spoilers are below.)
In a recent interview on the red carpet at the Kentucky Derby, when asked why he didn’t do more cameos in pop culture he responded, “Episode 5, Game of Thrones,” before walking away.
This comes after another vague allusion to the fifth episode in a tweet a week after the Season 8 premiered, in which Rodgers reminded his followers about his preferred window for spoilers. He included the hashtag “episode5shouldbegood.”
At the time, it would have been easy to conclude this was just Rodgers being Rodgers. I’m surprised he didn’t also use the #midrange hashtag just for fun. Even still, this was better, more subtle foreshadowing than the show runners have employed for going on three seasons at this point.
Episode 5 sets up to be an enormous battle episode, one that stars of the show hinted could be even more epic than Episode 3’s Battle of Winterfell, the eponymous episode featuring the defeat of the Night King and the White Walkers.
If the writers have any sense of symmetry (and honestly at this point, I have questions about that even though I love the show), Rodgers would be in the Golden Company, both for the obvious color connection and their fame related to contracts. After all, Rodgers has the biggest in NFL history and the Golden Company is known for never having broken one.
Plus, after #BucksIn5, it makes to have #RodgersIn5. As if you needed any more reason to be excited about Sunday night.