When I’m scrolling down my Facebook feed on a Monday morning, happily absent minded as I pass the life story statuses of people I do not care for and the dozens of selfies taken by a girl who pretty much looks exactly the same in every image, my scrolling often comes to an abrupt halt when my eyes fall upon a Game of Thrones post.
It’s almost as though I go into auto pilot. The first few times I didn’t see it coming when I aimlessly clicked the post and arrived at the comments section. But there they were, clear as day and not to be unseen. Spoiler alerts, spoiler alerts EVERYWHERE.
First of all, heads up to Entertainment Weekly and Vanity Fair amongst other American based entertainment publishers, Game of Thrones isn’t released in the UK until Monday evening, so when you post your detailed content about EVERYTHING that happened on the show Sunday night, please put a spoiler alert at the start. Also, those that comment on these posts, also understand that if I pass this post and you’ve written ‘OH MY WORD THO, WHEN SO AND SO DIED AND OMG AND DO YOU BELIEVE THAT SO AND SO MADE MAD LOVE TO THIS PERSON’ you’ve pretty much ruined my entire week.
After having the show ruined for me a few times when accidentally viewing the comments section, I grew wise and decided to scroll right past these posts on the Monday morning. That is until some of these sites began putting spoilers in the actual titles??!?!!?
And then there had to be the jack arses who couldn’t wait another day and would watch the new episode a day before it’s UK release before posting their opinions all over Facebook… Yep, I might as well just not watch the show and read your lengthy Facebook synopsis!!!!
Many of my favourite shows have been ruined thanks to these people we call the ‘Show Spoilers’
Like the time I found out Bob was dead in WD a day before the show even aired!
The truth of the matter is, many of these people don’t know they are spoilers. They just think there having a good time posting all about their favourite show.
WELL IT’S MY FAVOURITE SHOW TOO JACKASS!
*calms self down* I’m going to share 5 subtle hints which will allow you to see if you are a show spoiler and some advice on how to stop your wicked ways.
1. You’re updating your status before a character’s even had a chance to drop to the ground with that arrow in his head.
We get it, your impatient and can’t contain your emotions. But please, if your watching the show a day before it’s release, keep your social media mouth shut and wait at least a day after the general release to tell everyone how utterly depressed your are.
2. You’re literally running into work the next day to discuss why character A turned out to be character B’s killer.
Let’s just accept the fact your colleagues think your a twat. If they start off the conversation with ‘Oh I haven’t had a chance to watch it yet’ sit in your little corner and reflect, do not continue to tell them how shocked you are at the episode!
3. You shake your head like the dog from the Churchill advert when someone back in Season 1 tells you how much they love a character.
We get it, you know he meets his demise in season three but you don’t have to sit there with a smug look on your face like you’ve signed a secrets act of something before hinting continuously that the actor isn’t in season 2.
4. You discuss the latest episode plot with your friend in a public place.
Yes, I doubt that old lady at the back even knows what Penny Dreadful is (She probably thinks it’s one of those wiper snapper rappers) but if I’m sitting next to you and your pals on the bus and you start discussing every detail, I’m going to come up there and call your mum to ask her why she birthed such an arsehole.
5. Your posting pictures of characters on Instagram with VERY OBVIOUS plot hints.
You might like having lots of followers, but that will all be but a dream if you continue with your behaviour!
Always put a SPOILER alert before your posts. If it’s clearly visible to all (aka a tweet) just don’t write anything…
Don’t talk about it in public unless you’ve checked everyones seen it.
It’s that simple.
Everyone is in too much of a rush nowadays. As my old pals Take That would say, ‘Have a little patience’
Learn from mistakes. Be a Ned Stark, not a Ramsey Bolton.