In today’s day and age of TV and the Internet, it is next to impossible to avoid spoilers to your favourite TV shows and movies.
Whether its cruising through your Facebook newsfeed, checking out the latest tweets on your Twitter feed, or merely standing in line for the bar, spoilers are everywhere. With the return of HBO’s Game of Thrones tonight, at 9pm EST, the Internet is set to yet again take off. So the question is, how long until a spoiler is not a spoiler anymore? Or, more appropriately, when can we talk to people about the fate of Jon Snow?
Once upon a time, there was a scary land without Netflix or OnDemand. In this land, the show that you wanted to watch was on TV once a week. Not only was it only shown once, but it would be on the same day, at the same time, and on the same channel, each week. That means, if you did not have your VHS set to record, you would miss the show entirely! If you were lucky, you could search through the TV Guide and hope that they play it again later in the week. If not, you would have to wait for the series to come out on VHS or DVD. Crazy, I know!
With this style of TV watching, everyone that was up-to-date on the show could theorize and speculate for the next 7 days until the next episode was released. It’s kind of like watching the Super Bowl every week: everyone is gathered around the TV at the same time, and is able to view the show together, and then everyone is able to talk about what they saw the night before.
With Netflix, and other streaming services, releasing entire TV-series’ in one day, it has changed the game entirely. With the immediacy of Twitter and Facebook, there is the potential for huge spoilers within minutes of the series’ going up.
So what do you think, when is the appropriate time to wait to dish on TV and movie spoliers?