If the guy in the Winterfell soup line on Sunday's episode of "Game of Thrones" looked familiar to you, you probably either work in the U.S. intelligence community or watch a lot of cable TV news.
David S. Cohen, the former deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency under President Barack Obama, was one of the men who got a hot meal from Davos Seaworth (Liam Cunningham) – and then drafted into the army defending Winterfell, the agency said on its Twitter account Sunday night. The second man in line, Cohen wore a hood but didn't speak.
"Little birds, be on the lookout for a former deputy director of ours wandering through Westeros in tonight's episode," the CIA tweeted, referencing the term used to describe agents of former spymaster Lord Varys (Conleth Hill).
A perk of working for CIA is world travel. Apparently that sometimes extends to other realms…— CIA (@CIA) April 22, 2019
“Little birds,” be on the lookout for a former deputy director of ours wandering through #Westeros in tonight’s episode of #GameOfThrones. pic.twitter.com/DBIzIFKoju
Unsurprisingly, plenty of political jokes followed.
"Is he overthrowing the Starks in Winterfell to install The Night King who has more interests in line with the United States?" wondered @Lobo_Calrissian.
Is he overthrowing the Starks in Winterfell to install The Night King who has more interests in line with the United States?— Lobo Calrissian and 2846 Others (@Lobo_Calrissian) April 22, 2019
"CIA ran out of real countries to overthrow so now they're after fictional ones," observed @NotFakeThrasher.
CIA ran out of real countries to overthrow so now they're after fictional ones— O. (@NotFakeThrasher) April 22, 2019
The travel opportunities may be great but the fact that Cohen was standing in a soup line had @orko_8 concerned about CIA retirement benefits.
Pension for deputy director is not that much it seems.— Arda Mevlutoglu (@orko_8) April 22, 2019
Jokes aside, at least one of Cohen's former colleagues thought it was pretty awesome.
"This cameo by @cohendavid could actually be the coolest thing ever done by a deputy director of the @CIA," wrote Michael J. Morrell, who served as acting director in 2011 when Leon Panetta was promoted to secretary of defense and again after a sex scandal forced the resignation of David Petraeus a year later.
After specializing in terrorism financing as an undersecretary at Treasury, where he earned the nickname "Financial Batman," Cohen was appointed to his deputy gig at the CIA in 2015. He's now a partner at the Washington law firm WilmerHale.
His cameo came a week after comedic actors Rob McElhenny ("It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia") and Martin Starr ("Silicon Valley") played Iron Born sailors killed when Theon stormed Euron's ship to rescue sister Yara.
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