He also reads post-episode coverage and has a tough time keeping characters straight

By James Hibberd
Updated November 18, 2015 at 04:17 PM EST
Credit: Nick Wall/HBO

President Barack Obama has weighed in on Game of Thrones.

In an interview with GQ covering a range of topics, the president was asked about HBO’s fantasy hit, a series we’ve previously noted is one of his favorites (remember, Obama was rather concerned about Jon Snow’s fate this summer).

Like many Thrones viewers, however, the commander-in-chief has a tough time keeping the show’s enormous cast of characters straight, and he even apparently reads post-episode coverage to help follow the ultra-complex show.

“I do love Game of Thrones,” Obama said. “My favorite character is probably… the dwarf, what’s his name?”

That would be Tyrion Lannister, sir.

“The problem with Game of Thrones, though,” the president continued, “is that I don’t remember the names of any of the characters… I remember the characters, so when I watch it, I know exactly what’s going on. But if you read a review of the show afterwards and they’re mentioning such and such, the only one I remember is Jon Snow, because I can pronounce Jon Snow.”

Asked which character is most like Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, the president didn’t take the bait, and even got in a little diss: “I don’t think any of them rise to that level.”

We’re not sure whether to be potentially flattered that the president might have read our post-episode coverage (since EW’s GoT recaps are perhaps the most widely read online) or rather worried Obama’s not doing more important things. Either way, even the president’s detractors would have a tough time arguing with his favorite character choice.

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