‘Game of Thrones’: Nobody likes a spoilsport, but ...


‘Game of Thrones’: Nobody likes a spoilsport, but ...

When is it okay to start discussing the series?

Zola Zingithwa

Game of Thrones is back on our screens and it’s safe to say the whole world is excited. Fanatics of the show want to discuss every single detail, but when exactly is it okay to thrash out the latest episode? Because, let’s be honest, while not watching this show means you are probably feeling tortured and alone, being the person who spews spoilers will make you just as much of a social pariah.
Spoiler etiquette is particularly important in SA thanks to M-Net’s “express from the US” business. So if you are confused about when it’s okay to actually talk about the show once you have watched it, here is how to handle your excitement #ForTheThrone?
Monday dawn-to-3am watchers
If you happen to watch at 3am, good for you, but keep it to yourself. Clearly you are unemployed but privileged enough to have premium TV or you are able to waltz into work whenever you feel like it and can still get a good night’s sleep at 4am before going into work. Great for you, but no one cares.
10pm Monday is the right time
Most people will fall into this category. Unfortunately for the whole of Monday you will have to avoid all social media and maybe even the internet, unless you are willing to risk seeing screenshots of the episode and seeing a spoiler by mistake posted by overseas viewers. But come midnight you can peruse social media and partake in discussions about the show, so long as you ascertain that whoever you talk to has watched it.
What about Tuesday?
Let us be decent people and recognise that not everyone is able to watch by Monday night. Life happens. That means Tuesday should still be a grace period for people to catch up. So if you desperately want to discuss the show, always ask people if they have seen the episode. If they haven’t, keep quiet. If you are desperate to talk about the show, join an online forum or something.
Wednesday and beyond
If you still haven’t seen the episode by now, then no one can be held responsible for spoilers because, come on now, people want to let out their feelings and there is a big battle coming up that will need to be analysed in detail. We don’t have time to wait for you.
Waiting to binge watch
This seems silly unless you don’t care about spoilers. Then again, you have no right to care about spoilers if you fall into this category. If you can really wait for six weeks without hearing or seeing any spoilers, well done! But you miss out on the excitement of what is generally considered the last TV show the world will watch together.

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