There has been an outcry over people sharing Game of Thrones spoilers over the last few weeks, so it is important to find ways to avoid them. While it is common to expect others to not mention big details, especially when it comes to news publications, it is just not going to happen. This is certainly not the case the week after the episode, for those who wait for the DVD release instead of watching week by week.
It is up to those who have not caught up yet to exercise some caution when it comes to reading anything that could include spoilers. While technology seems to work against some, there are elements that will actually help. Here are three ways to avoid those Game of Thrones spoilers right now.
The best method is to think before reading. If a title mentions anything about the recent episode and one has not caught up yet, it makes sense to avoid that article completely. There is no point getting annoyed just because the author neglected to say the word “spoiler.” That was evident in the title.
Avoiding social media would make sense too, but it is not realistic. Instead, it is worth avoiding certain aspects of social media. This is where technology becomes handy. TweetDeck has the ability to block certain hashtags and accounts from appearing in the Twitter newsfeed. There is no risk of scrolling through and coming across a spoiler accidently.
Spoiler Shield is another way to avoid the Game of Thrones spoilers. It is a free app for Kindle, Google Chrome, Android and Apple users, and helps to prevent spoilers on Twitter and Facebook. All posts that have the potential of showing spoilers will be blocked automatically, and it is possible to block 50 or so shows currently on the network. A person can go onto either of the two social media platforms and never have to worry about hearing about something like the Red Wedding shocker before seeing it again.
A final option is to make it clear to people that the episodes have not been watched yet. It makes it clear to other people that episodes are not up for discussion. If someone does start talking about it, there is nothing wrong with politely asking that the conversation stops right there or being excused from the room if there is a group of people discussing it.
Spoilers are nothing new. They just seem like such a big deal now that social media is around. It makes it easier for people to spread their annoyance, enjoyment or shock over a particular episode of a particular show, like Game of Thrones’ Red Wedding scenes. People can come across the spoilers without intending to, just because somebody mentioned something on their Facebook status or through a tweet.
Like before, it is often up to the person not wanting to read or hear spoilers to act to avoid seeing them. There are now options around to make it easy, especially when it comes to phone apps or browser add-ons. The above options are just three ways to avoid Game of Thrones and other TV show spoilers.
Opinion by Alexandria Ingham