As an avid Game of Thrones viewer, I found myself plagued by unwanted spoilers every Monday. It was everywhere – Twitter, Facebook, Imgur and so many news sites I lost count. You just couldn’t get away from it.
I eventually accepted the inevitability and stayed offline, away from potential spoilers, until I could get home and watch it. That was quite tricky considering I work with the internet for a living.
For me, a spoiler is only when an episode is fresh. By fresh, I mean within few weeks of airing for the first time. Posting about an episode that’s five weeks old is fair enough, but five minutes after airing in the US is a bit poor.
I can’t change the fact that people post spoilers (however much I wish I could), but I can take joy from ranting about the types I’ve seen so far.
Note: The following contains something from the first season of Game of Thrones that might ruin it for you if you haven’t seen it yet.
The ‘FIRST! I SAW IT FIRST!’ spoiler, where the simplest of fans post about the episode as quickly as they can to establish that they were the first to see it, as if it were somehow an achievement.
“Just finished #GoT 1 minute ago – OMG. Can’t believe Ned Stark is dead! He’s dead! Totally had his head cut off!”
Just – why? I bet these are the type of people who would have tweeted “LOL, Bruce Willis was totally dead the whole time. #sixthsense #premiere #openingweekend” if it had been around in 1999.
The outright image spoiler. Sometimes this is right in your face, you don’t even get the chance to look away. I really don’t know why people do this.
There it is, right there. You know exactly what has happened within seconds, and you didn’t even get the chance to look away. It’s written all over Sean Bean’s face.
The ‘nudge nudge wink wink’ spoiler where someone will mention a keyword so that only people who watched it know what they’re saying. Or so they think. We’re not idiots.
“Damn, Ned Stark was totally up to his neck in trouble this week! No wonder he’s the HEAD of the family. Ahahahahahhhaahaha…”
Oh, you’re so witty! YOU ARE SO WITTY!
And my most hated:
The ‘OH MY GOD I’M NOT TELLING YOU WHAT IT IS, BUT THERE’S A MAJOR TWIST IN THIS EPISODE!’ spoiler.
This one is the worst. If you do this, you’re a total cretin. It’s just unacceptable.
“Just watched #GoT. OMG. DID NOT see that coming. Wow! What a twist! #Speechless”
Thanks, dick. Now I will spend the ENTIRE EPISODE waiting for a twist that will inevitably be an anti-climax and ruin the experience for me. I have a fantastic imagination, and the reality rarely comes close.
If you want people to know you watched Game of Thrones before your friends, just say ‘I watched Game of Thrones’. Keeps everyone happy and spoiler free.
And don’t bother playing the ‘pfft, the books have been out for years’ card. They’re two different mediums. You’re not posting spoilers about the book, you’re spoiling the TV show.
Respect the show and respect the viewer, please!