Spoiler alert! The great debate around TV show spoilers
To spoil or not to spoil, that is the question
If you didn't watch Sunday night's Game of Thrones episode and don't want to hear spoiler alerts, should you even leave the house today? Or go online?
As people live-tweet hit television shows and talk openly about episode cliffhangers around the water cooler, it can be a challenge to keep the lid on series' secrets. So the question is — is it OK to give away spoilers or should you keep your lips sealed?
Actor Omari Newton and North Shore News lifestyle columnist Andy Prest weighed in on the etiquette of spoiler alerts on CBC's The Early Edition and while their views on spoilers differed, readers can rest assured that no Game of Thrones spoilers were revealed during their debate.
"I think you should be tarred and feathered," said Newton, who came out strong against spoilers. "It's kind of a lame thing to do to ruin that fun for someone."
The bare minimum, according to Newton, is an agreed upon statute of limitations on when people can reveal spoilers.
Newton may have come to this conclusion after unintentionally spoiling endings for fans during his time as an actor on the episodic television show Continuum.
"I once spoiled something on Twitter and the vitriol was unbelievable," Newton told Early Edition host Stephen Quinn. "And I thought, it's only a TV show. Nobody dies."
But the thing is, in Game of Thrones, people do die.
For Prest, talking about the show and what happens to the characters is half the fun.
"The best part for me is going on Twitter and seeing what everyone's saying," said Prest, who appreciates the slew of memes and jokes people post online when it comes to a hit show.
"That's the best part of the season, seeing how people react to it." said Prest.
This season of <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GameofThrones?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#GameofThrones</a> would be about ten times more miserable if the fandom wasn't very, very good at memes—@sarahhollowell
Best part about Game of Thrones now is hopping on twitter to join in on the global slander of how poorly they botched this final season—@SumCherry1
Just give in
Prest said its not even a debate anymore, spoilers are out there and there is no avoiding them.
"If you don't watch right away, or by Monday morning, you have to live with the consequences of your decision."
Despite Prest's preference, he respects that others might not feel the same way.
He said his colleagues give others the decency of letting them know they are about to discuss the latest Game of Thrones happenings and give them 10 seconds to clear the room or put on headphones.
If Newton worked with Prest, you can be sure he'd be putting on his headphones, to avoid the "awful" people who spoil his show.
But Newton and others be warned, logging online to distract from co-worker chatter might not save you from spoilers ... Twitter is coming.
The Early Edition