Opinion

Expect the spoilers and save your tantrums for the cinema

You know nothing John Snow...because no-one spoilt the ending.
You know nothing John Snow...because no-one spoilt the ending.

SPOILER alert - this column delves into spoiler territory.

If you haven't gotten into or at least heard of HBO flagship fantasy series Game of Thrones, it's fair to assume you've been living in a TV-less, internet-deprived cave, or you're simply a busy person.

George R.R. Martin's attempt at wedding planning is something the entire internet wants to talk about, be it last season's red affair or a certain evil king (this begs the question - who is the one true king?) getting his just desserts in season four.

This throws up a spoiler-related quandary - when is it okay to discuss a program? One week after it has aired? One year?

Or are we forbidden from ever revealing the details of program for fear of upsetting those who have yet to start watching?

Part of the fun of watching shows is chatting about them with friends afterwards.

Even though I always seem to be slightly behind in episodes, generally speaking, I think it's safe to discuss the previous episode without pretense after the next episode has aired, especially when the internet basically imploded over plot points.

To some extent, it becomes the not-caught-up viewer's job to steer clear of relevant articles, social media and over-excited conversations.

People chucking a tantrum about a show being spoiled for them is ridiculous. Just leave the room or say you haven't seen it.

With the growing cross promotion within media there's a good chance you could fall victim to a spoiler. But you know what? Deal with it.

People chucking a tantrum about a show being spoiled for them is ridiculous. Just leave the room or say you haven't seen it.

There's no need to cover your ears like a child.

The truth is that the spoilers were published years ago in book form.

I think that when people spoil books (as people read at different paces) or films still appearing in the cinema, people have a right to growl with the ferocity of a direwolf.

What do you mean Dumbledore's dead? Not Dobby! Anyone but Dobby.

People who post spoilers without using a warning are no better than people who use their mobiles at the movies. Not terrible people, just showing selfishness.

In general though the high quality of television shows today means that there is no longer just one big twist, there are lots of them that keep viewers on the edge of their seats.

I've accidentally spoilt the ending for myself of shows whilst reading a interview.

Was I left fuming at my computer or my own stupidity? No. It's really about the journey.

Theatre goers know Romeo and Juliet don't have a happily ever after, but year after year people attend shows of that and other classic tales.

So calm your jets, spoiler fearers.

And if you haven't started this season of GOT yet, you'll never guess what happens next!

Twists and turns. Nobody is safe! Boobs and bare bottoms.

Topics:  game of thrones, lighter side, lisa maynard, opinion, tv shows




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