*note: this post contains complaints about spoilers. And also actual spoilers. Consider yourself warned*
Can we all agree there a certain people out there who ruin it for everyone? You know, those people who, whenever there is some big, watershed moment on a super hot tv show, immediately take to social media to complain about spoilers?
I'll confess, I don't really give a shit about spoilers. I knew basically every death and dramatic event WAY before I even started watching the Walking Dead. Still enjoy the show. I would have been obsessed with Breaking Bad regardless of if I knew how it all turned out- it's just an amazing show. I've read the Song of Ice and Fire series multiple times, but that doesn't stop me from absolutely loving every second of Game of Thrones. In fact, is argue it's almost more fun knowing what's going to happen and waiting for it to all unfold. Especially if you can do it with someone who has no idea what's coming and therefore rejoice in their surprise.
Now, if we are talking in person and I know you haven't seen something yet, I will be careful not to tell you the ending or let critical plot points slip. And as far as tweets or status updates go, I do my best to remain vague, so as to mention my excitement/shock/glee etc at whatever just happened without giving explicit details. i.e " I can't believe that just happened!" instead of "holy shit they just killed Ned Stark!" But here's the thing, unless it is a personal conversation (like I just mentioned), it's not my job to keep you from finding out what happened on your favorite show. If you don't want to know what happened last night on Game of Thrones because you haven't watched it yet, good luck and best wishes. You KNOW people are going to be talking about it, because they ALWAYS talk about it. So maybe stay off social media until you are caught up? It's not the whole world's issue that you are behind on your DVR.
I understand not checking Facebook is pretty difficult. And yes, it blows when you slip up and accidentally hear all about the Red Wedding. Get over it. The show doesn't suddenly suck because you already know what's going to happen- just ask everyone who has already read the books. My personal favorite is the people who tweet complaining about spoilers. Seriously. You went on TWITTER, hashtagging the very show you are aupposedly trying to avoid hearing about, to TWEET that other people shouldn't tweet about the show? You are an idiot. I don't go to a sports bar 20min after the Super Bowl and get mad when people talk about who won. If you can't keep yourself off twitter for 24 hours until you can watch the show, then you have much bigger problems than leaked plot points.
In this day and age of event television and rabid social media, the onus for remaining spoiler free is on the viewer. I mean, you can argue that it always was, but certainly even more so now. I'm sorry you live in china and don't get the watch shows until hours after they've aired over here. Maybe put down the iphone for a few hours then. I bet you'll live.