'Game of Thrones' Purple Wedding Spoiler Rage

Game of ThronesLet me state for the record that I don't condone complaining about spoilers more than a day or so after an episode has aired. I know better than to surf social media on the night of a hotly anticipated season finale. Since my day job involves scanning through hundreds of entertainment news items, I've mastered an entire spoiler-avoiding routine where I click away the instant I see a potentially ruinous headline. But I got spoilered BIG TIME on Game of Thrones last night, and it was all your fault.

Okay, maybe it wasn't your fault. But if you were one of the many, many people who apparently watches every Game of Thrones episode while clutching your smartphone so you can immediately tweet your reaction to anything momentous that happens onscreen, YOU ARE PART OF THE PROBLEM.

(I'm about to rant about spoilers while disclosing a spoiler. If you haven't seen last night's "The Lion and the Rose" GoT episode, save yourself! Stop reading now!)

So I'm obviously talking about the conclusion to the Purple Wedding episode, in which horrible King Joffrey chokes, drools, leaks blood from various facial orifices, and dies a satisfyingly agonizing death. This was a hell of a scene, but it would have been even better if I hadn't seen a flurry of "RIP JOFFREY" tweets posted before the show even aired on the west coast.

Even Stephen King spoilered me, for christ's sake.

Now, before you start arguing with me about why it's okay to post spoilers, let me tell you why you're just flat-out wrong.

"Well, Joffrey's death was in the books, soooooo." Hey guess what? I haven't read the books. There's no law that says you only get to enjoy the TV show if you've read the original story. Seriously: I checked. I CHECKED ALL THE LAWS.

Also, ahem:


"You shouldn't have been on social media before watching the show." I would normally agree with you ... IF it was a finale episode. I had no way of knowing something this major was going to go down, and I had, like, zero warning. I opened Twitter and bam, insta-spoiled.

"It's been proven that spoilers don't actually detract from the viewing experience and in fact some believe they enhance--"

Really, it's a fairly basic matter of etiquette. Yes, avoiding spoilers has become more complicated lately with shows like House of Cards that can be binge-watched, but when an episode airs on a specific date, at a specific time, it's just good manners to not to rush online in order to comment on a big plot twist. What does that even get you, anyway? A scintillating conversation like this?

You: OMG JOFFREY'S DEAD.
Anyone who's actually seen it: I KNOW RIGHT? OMG.
You: OMG.
Them: OMG TOTALLY.
You: DAT BLOOD THO.
Them: OMGGZZZ.

Meanwhile, everyone who hasn't even had a chance to see the goddamned episode because you're tweeting on East Coast time:

What's your policy about show spoilers? Do you avoid talking about big episodes for a certain period of time?


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nonmember avatar geeze

Figure there is ALWAYS going to be something going down on GOT.

nonmember avatar Katye

Seriously? This is ridiculous! By that logic why don't you go ahead and blame the actors, producers, creators of Game of Thrones themselves for creating a moment so very spoilerworthy. I mean, how dare they take part in producing a quality show that people actually care about so much so that when a ***SPOILER ALERT*** major character dies it's blasted all over the internet and assaults you unwittingly while you're crusing social media. While you're at it, why don't you blame George RR Martin. By CHOOSING to check Twitter before you watched the show YOU took a calculated risk, one which blew up in your face. Don't now try to attribute blame to anyone else. The only person you should 'rage' against is yourself.

nonmember avatar Awmoondah

Normally I'd agree with these sentiments, but last night's episodes was, for all intents and purposes, a season-finale-type episode. Usually Game of Thrones has a twisty episode on the 9th episode of its 10-episode seasons. This changed the game, and fans - I'd argue, understandably - blew up with the same emotion and shock as they did for the Red Wedding.

The Red Wedding was spoiled for me before I even began watching the show, thanks to Facebook friends, but I couldn't even begrudge them that, because from what it sounded like at the time, it was pretty epic and everyone knew it would be epic because it was the landmark 9th episode of the season.

This time, fans were blindsided. I too don't read the books, and just was NOT expecting that at all. I even doubted myself, I was like "did this season just start?" because it was so unusual to get a scene like that this early in the game.

Anyhoo, all just to say that I think it was understandable in this instance. Yes, overt spoilers are always terrible, but that's why I usually check the Twitter trends before reading anything on my feed. If I were you and I noticed #gameofthrones and #joffreybaratheon trending - which it did right after the episode -- I would've tuned out.

the4m... the4mutts

Pft. Like I give a damn if I spoil a show for some yahoo that I've never met. I care about spoiling it for my husband, but sleep well if I ruin it for the rest of the twitterverse.

Btw, just expand your HBO package. You'll get the east coast show. Then you can DVR it, and stay the hell off twitter until you get a chance to watch.

SARob... SARoberts143

Get a life. I can't when stand people get pissy about "spoiler alerts." Find something better to write about.

nonmember avatar Gena

It's game of thrones, you should expect crazy stuff like this to go down every episode... You can't expect people to filter their reactions just for you, so if you don't like spoilers, stay off the internet for a few hours before you watch any show you actually care about

fave82 fave82

Blogger writes article about rage of seeing spoiler... Comment section is filled with petty rage towards author.



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Gypsy... GypsyMa76

@fave82 my thoughts exactly ...jeeze

MyNam... MyNameIs-

Lol! I just read that scene the day before. Boy was I ever glad I got it done before it blew up over the internet!

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