In the aftermath of the show's so-called Red Wedding episode, all of social media seemed to be abuzz with spoiler haters. TechHive ran an article called "How Twitter Ruined 'Game of Thrones': A Guide to Social Media Spoiler Etiquette," which aimed to help readers avoid TV spoilers.
Meanwhile, famed Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers was inundated with hate messages after posting spoilers to his Twitter account after the episode aired. His response to those haters:
Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Tom Crabtree rallied to Rodgers's defense, tweeting:
Rodgers and Crabtree have a point. Is it really fair to blame Twitter for "spoiling" a series like "Game of Thrones"? While the episodes may be new, the story isn't. Complaining about "Game of Thrones" spoilers on Twitter is tantamount to complaining about spoilers for the History Channel miniseries "The Bible" or grousing about spoilers for this summer's big-screen adaption of "The Great Gatsby."
Can you really have "spoilers" for a TV show based on a book? The Red Wedding was featured in the third book of the series, "A Storm of Swords," which came out all the way back in 2000. Crying "spoilers!" online seems silly for a storyline that's been public knowledge for 13 years.
While not every fan of the show wants to read the books, smart fans of the TV adaptation know that spoilers are out there and often reach a fever pitch during and immediately after a new episode airs. They should know better than to skip an episode of "Thrones" and then use social media. West Coasters should also know to get off of Twitter as a new episode starts airing on the East Coast.
All of this furor over Twitter spoilers overlooks a central fact of the series: There are many fans of HBO's "Game of Thrones" who have already had the series "spoiled" for them by reading all of the available books by George R. R. Martin. And yet, these devoted fans aren't complaining.
"Game of Thrones" is one of those rare TV shows where a bit of foreknowledge doesn't detract from one's enjoyment of the episode. "Game of Thrones" isn't about the destination; it's about the journey. Seeing how a character gets from point A to point B to "The Pointy End" is half the fun of the show. In a series that's as well-crafted and well-acted as "Game of Thrones," spoilers hardly matter. The series remains emotionally resonant.
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