Once upon a time people saw their favourite TV-shows on TV and the social media networks didn’t exist. At the time unfolding shocking season’s finale kept people buzzing for weeks even months. I remember when I was a child back in 1980, Dallas was one of most favourite TV-shows. One of the villains, JR Ewing was shot. My aunts and my mum were buzzing with the question ‘Who killed JR” for weeks before they got the episode on tape. They didn’t have access to information about the finale, even weeks after it was aired.
How different it is nowadays. Today there are teasers, revealing bit by bit what is going to happen. Die hard fans are capable of unravelling the hints. When the last episode is airing, fans are sharing the story realtime. The event, especially when it is shocking linger on the following days, accompanied by fans’ analyses and reactions.
For example my daughter G sensed something was going on with Derek Shepherd from Grey’s Anatomy before the episode where he died was aired. So G was aware and prepared about this.
It is inevitable to see spoilers of your favourite TV – shows emerging online before, during and days after the episode is/has been aired. And for this matter, setting Spoiler alerts won’t do it anymore simply because the spoiler is EVERYWHERE.
So last Monday morning I went online and I saw on Facebook, Twitter and news sites that Jon Snow was killed. Snow is one of the main characters of HBO’s blockbuster TV-show, Game of Thrones (GoT) see pic below. This spoiler was all over the social media networks I was on. I am an avid GoT fan but I didn’t mind it at all knowing that in the show and the book as well that characters die. However I didn’t dig the spoiler further on. Monday evening I watched it myself and yes indeed, Jon Snow died.
There are people who dislike or even hate spoilers. In my opinion the only way to avoid it is to stay away from social media and internet. I saw some people who went livid on some online forum because one commenter wrote extensively about an important event of GoT season 3, Red Wedding. Mind you last week-end was the finale of season 5! Those who dislike spoilers insisted that the commenter should have written Spoiler alert before sharing it, but darling that is impossible to do because it is everywhere.
Then I started to think, what is the span of time to call a storyline a spoiler? One season max. And who defines whether you might share it? No one.
So there you go, as you can see, I don’t mind spoiler. Do you?
Lorraine who knows nothing just like Jon Snow.