Don’t Complain About Game of Thrones Spoilers Just Because You Can’t Stay Off Social Media!
The internet is dark and full of spoilers...
Stop me if you've heard this before: Someone goes onto Facebook or Twitter either during or immediately after an episode of Game of Thrones and then complains about getting spoiled. Yeah, of course you did, because you were in the places that are built on a foundation of spoilers. And that is your own fault.
I've talked about this issue before, about a year and a half ago during a big angle on The Walking Dead. And this was when people were posting full-out spoilers about what happened. Last night, after the latest airing of Game of Thrones, I made a joke about what happened in the episode:
Now, this joke requires knowledge of a couple of different things to get: One, you gotta know what Smaug is and you know in what capactiy that applies to GOT. If you watched the episode (and are familiar with The Hobbit) you might politely chuckle at the connection. This very vague joke was met with some criticism though, which I responded to, and then I got blocked. What would that exchange look like? I'm glad you asked:
First off, "Live commenting" is not a thing. That's what Twitter is for. Also, this person was not on the West Coast so claiming that I'm somehow ruining the show for everyone in SoCal is pretty dumb considering I have like 3 Facebook friends on the coast. This brings up, yet again, what the statute of limitations of spoilers actually is. In the blog I linked to earlier, I had this to say:
If something happens in season 1 of a show but it’s currently in season 6, is it still a spoiler? What about the Red Wedding during Game of Thrones? Surely if someone wanted to watch the older seasons, they’d done so by now, right? But what if they haven’t? Should I spoiler tag everything I say in real life because someone might not have seen it? As you can see, it becomes a slippery slope that ends with no one ever getting to talk about their favorite shows.
This is a different case thought because this wasn't a spoiler at all, but rather a joke about the episode. Tons of spoilerific stuff happened in the episode that would be a bummer to find out about, but to be accused of spoiling something that is very obvious (Did anyone think that Cersei wouldn't eventually get something to deal with Dany's dragons?) is pretty ignorant.
You mean someone might want to kill the unstoppable killing machines I have at my disposal?
I try my best to not spoil stuff which is why I keep things pretty vague. It just gets old seeing the same stuff season after season. If you don't want to be spoiled (or faux-spoiled in this case), just get off the internet until you watch it. There are so many legal (and illegal) ways to watch the show, you really have no excuse to not watch if you really want to. If you're just now starting the show, that's great. But you can't expect people to not talk about stuff that happened 4 years ago just because you're behind.