Spoiler-free is hard work and discovering a pivotal plot twist at the wrong time can be crushing
Last night's series finale of AMC's Breaking Bad has spoiler paranoia on high alert. Fans who are still episodes behind avoid the office watercoolers and social media --- just to keep the ending secret until they can catch up.
A spoiler can suck the magic out of a movie, book or TV show. But culture is all about sharing stuff; And some wonder if perhaps we've become a little too protective of plot.
To debate the merits of spoiler alerts, we convened three guests:
Sticking up for "spoiler alerts" is professor of pop culture Robert Thompson at Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York.
And, somewhere in the middle, is NOW magazine's Senior Entertainment Editor Susan G. Cole, in our Toronto studio.
Did you watch last night? Do you think spoilers spoil?
This segment was produced by The Current's Shannon Higgins, Peter Mitton and Nuruddin Qorane.
Musician MC Frontalot on Spoiler Alerts
Musician MC Frontalot makes fun of the spoiler alert phenomenon with an entire song devoted to revealing critical details of movies and even conspiracies. There are no spoilers for Downton Abbey or Homeland in this song, but turn the music down if you don't know how to get to The Planet of the Apes.
MC Frontalot got today's Last Word on the program, here is the video: