The final eighth season of “Game of Thrones” was one of the biggest letdowns in American television history.
It was a rollercoaster of impressive production value like when Daenerys’ dragon Drogon burning King’s Landing down with his hot fire breath and the countless flawed character arc moments.
And Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers got brutally candid about what he thought about the “Game of Thrones” finale.
Call Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers a super fan of “Game of Thrones.”
When he attended the Kentucky Derby in early May, Rodgers was asked point blank whether he would make an appearance in a “TV show or a movie,” and he said “Episode 5, ‘Game of Thrones.’”
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The episode finally aired and he wasn’t lying. People spotted him several times throughout the slaughter of King’s Landing.
In the penultimate fifth episode, it also appeared Rodgers had a death scene by Drogon’s dragon breath.
Aaron Rodgers cameo last night in Game of Thrones
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Rodgers spoke about his cameo and was sort of offended that people thought that was him because that extra was clearly not an athlete. So he nipped that in the bud. The Super Bowl winner also denied that the archer wasn’t him either but admitted that extra looked a lot like him.
Rodgers answered, “I love the show and it was a great 10 years. But…but no.”
And he didn’t hold back after that either. Rodgers describes in great detail the flaws of the final episode and how the writers decided to wrap it up.
In the episode, a shackled Tyrion meets with all the Lords and recommends Bran Stark to take the throne – concluding that Bran has the best story, which had most fans, including Rodgers, perplexed.
Rodgers said, “I mean, you come down to the end and Tyrion says the person with the best story is Bran? No!” mentioning almost every single character who he thought had a better “story.” And he’s not wrong. Every character he mentioned did have a better story. Giving Bran the throne was a copout.
He also said, “Here’s my last theory about it. If Bran, the Three-Eyed Raven, who’s all about the health of the realm…Let’s think about what he did.” And then he goes on to explains that Bran “basically wanted the throne the whole time,” citing him telling the secret of Jon’s lineage to “the Starks, knowing that Sansa would tell Tyrion, knowing that Tyrion would talk to Varys, knowing they’d scheme for Dany’s death, knowing that would piss her off, which led her to be ‘the mad queen.’”
Again, that’s a hot take and he’s right. Who knew Rodgers was so savvy with character arcs and story structure.
Finally he exclaimed, “So he, the entire time, kinda set this whole thing up? And at the end he goes, ‘Oh, I don’t want to be king, but, oh, why did I travel all this way to be here?’ No.”
Athletes are notoriously known as being meatheads but Rodgers logic is sound. And it was incredible to see him speak so candidly about a show that allowed him to come on and be an extra.