(Warning: This post contains major spoilers.)
Winter is coming. Colorado Rockies reliever Jake McGee is sure of it.
In fact, he’s expecting to get a dose of the White Walkers with the sixth season finale of Game of Thrones this Sunday.
“The White Walkers haven’t been in the show that much this season,” McGee explained. “So I think they’ll set it up for next season and have the White Walkers be a part of it this week.”
Like millions of Americans everywhere, McGee is hooked on Game of Thrones, the violent, clever, unpredictable and, yes, sometimes-incestuous HBO show. Joining his fandom on the Rockies are reserve infielder Daniel Descalso and relief pitcher Boone Logan.
All three players watched last week as Jon Snow, with a little help from the late-arriving Knights of the Vale, finally bested Ramsay Bolton and reclaimed Winterfell for the Starks.
Each expressed some satisfaction that Ramsay finally got what was coming to him.
“I could’ve thought of worse ways to kill him, but that was a pretty good way,” said Logan, who got hooked on the show when some old teammates with the Yankees convinced him to watch. “Finally, he’s gone. I was tired of seeing that guy. He was a piece of work.”
Logan prefers to save episodes for road trips, while McGee tries to watch them every Sunday night with his wife.
McGee admitted he got a little nervous Sunday when Ramsay’s forces surrounded Jon Snow and his crew. But he was able to calm down when Littlefinger and his troops swooped in to save the day.
“It was pretty cool to see the (Knights of the) Vale come in and help out with the war,” McGee said, before adding that he doesn’t think Littlefinger can be trusted long-term.
Unpredictability, along with the acting, is a big part of what keeps McGee and Logan addicted to Game of Thrones. As fans of the show are aware, important characters can be killed off like common house flies.
Ned Stark got decapitated, his wife and son were betrayed and brutalized in “The Red Wedding,” Tywin Lannister got an arrow through the heart on Father’s Day and Stannis Baratheon was finally cut down. The list goes on and on.
“You realize as soon as you fall in love with the characters, they die somehow,” Logan said. “It’s pretty gruesome. You never know what’s going to happen, and there’s no filter. That’s what I love about it.”
Logan said he’s prepared for anything to go down in the season finale. Sounds like the appropriate mindset to have going into Sunday.