The internet has been surrounded with Game of Thrones spoilers this week that include the death of a certain character, and it has led to arguments online. Many people who have not read the books or seen the episode yet have gotten annoyed at publications for sharing the details of the character’s death, and even using a photo of the aforementioned character.
This is certainly not the first time spoilers have come into question. TV reviewers and publications like to take about the latest episodes, share the details and include their thoughts and opinions on acting styles, death scenes and the upcoming episodes. Movies like The Sixth Sense and Harry Potter have also been part of the problem in the past.
The question for the publications is how to deal with this. Avoiding talking about the episodes is impossible. The idea of using an image that is nothing to do with the article just does not make sense. Including the note “spoiler alert” still leads to people complaining because the articles jump straight into the show in the next line.
One argument put forward by those who have already seen the episodes and some publications is that those who do not want to be spoiled should not read anything possibly involving the show or movie in the first place. This is something that many people practice, and then roll their eyes when someone dares to complain that the ending to a movie has been ruined.
Is it ever possible to share Game of Thrones spoilers without leading to arguments online? There is always going to be something to spoil for those who have not yet read the books. Many people were already talking about events from the “Purple Wedding” long before the episode even aired. People knew who would die, and now know the outcome afterwards. Really, to avoid being spoiled, the only way is to avoid reading anything to do with Game of Thrones ever, especially those who are not caught up with the recent episode or have not read the books yet.
One argument put forward by Huffington Post is to wait a week for publications to share episode details. This gives people time to catch up, and gets around to the next episode. However, that is then causing issues for people who have seen the episode. They want to read about speculations, and ask questions about the tiny details within the episode. They want to know if anyone else spotted that two second motion that may or may not be the answer to who killed whoever died in the episode.
Shows and movies are not the only things spoiled. Sports results are constantly shared on the news and online afterwards. Plenty of people record soccer matches and the Grand Prix or NASCAR to watch when they get home. They know to avoid all news outlets and social media if they want to avoid being spoiled over who won the games or races. They accept that it is their responsibility to avoid these, so why does that mentality change when it comes to shows and movies?
Spoilers have not been an issue just because of the internet. They have been around a lot longer. People would discuss episodes and movies together in person, and whoever had not seen it were viewed as the ones “at fault” so to speak. They could either leave the conversation or deal with the consequences. It has only been since the spoilers were placed online that sharing details of Game of Thrones or any other show or movie has led to arguments and complaints.
Opinion by Alexandria Ingham