Like many Americans, NFL players have become big fans of HBO drama Game of Thrones. The fifth season has become a popular subject for locker room talk as teams reconvene for training camp.
The only problem? Spoilers, says the Wall Street Journal.
Busy offseasons packed with training, travel and even babies mean that not all players are fully caught up with the series. Some are behind by a few episodes and others by whole seasons.
At Redskins camp in Richmond, guys who haven't seen all of the show feel pressure to either catch up or actively avoid their teammates who might be discussing it. Spoilers ahead, in case you didn't guess.
“If you don’t know that Jon Snow died, if you don’t know what the White Walkers are, that’s not my problem,” tight end Niles Paul said of the fifth season's events. “It means you aren’t a fan and you don’t watch the show.”
He revealed that second-year running back Silas Redd, attempting to join the conversation and avoid spoilers, watched as many as five hour-long episodes on the first night of camp.
Offensive lineman Kory Lichtensteiger is another GoT devotee who's seen every minute like Paul. And he doesn't feel much sympathy for his teammates who haven't.
"I’ll wait a couple of days. But I mean, if you haven’t watched it by then, close your ears. Earmuffs. I want to talk about it," he said.
That's why players like tight end Logan Paulsen, who's two seasons behind, ends up dodging conversations about the show entirely. “You just have to make sure you don’t come into a Game of Thrones conversation accidentally,” he said.
Paulsen hasn't caught up because he's been busy with a 17-month-old baby. He's more of a True Detective guy, anyway.
But for Paul, the show has become an intense interest. He reads as much as he can about GoT online and discusses it with friends, teammates and even Redskins strength coach Mike Clark.
“When Jon Snow died, we were hurt, very hurt,” Paul said of the team's reaction to losing a favorite character. “I’ve been following the theories on the Internet, so they’ve got to bring him back.”
Washington fans never want to hear that a player is hurt, but in this case, spoilers are the worst-case scenario.
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