By Jim Foote
The act (and art) of spoiling.
Now, this isn't going to be "so and so spoiled me and I'm REAL mad." Sure, that has happened and I'm sure I'll reference it, but I'm looking to really shine the light on it as a whole. That's what I have you here for. One warning... or SPOILER... is that I WILL be discussing certain things that have been spoiled already, or theories on future events of certain entertainment properties. So, if you're cool with that... proceed. THESE INCLUDE THIS SEASON'S GAME OF THRONES. YOU'VE BEEN WARNED.
Bonus points if you get why I put THAT picture as my banner.
(I originally wrote "Will's dead comes back." I guess I was projecting my hate for him. I mean... he came back and Will got him that present! "Why don't he want me, man?")
I've long heard the etiquette in terms of spoilers. For a movie, you get one week. For a tv show, one day. After those 7 days or 24 hours are up, it's all fair game. It's not a mountain of a task, but why can't people make that climb?
So there's certainly a level of expecting certain things like spoilers or rude comments or pretty much anything anti-whatever group you can think of, to happen to every one of us at some point in time. It says a lot that most of us have become desensitized to the idiocy and or insanity of all things internet. So what this won't be is me trying to convince people they shouldn't spoil and expecting some kind of change. I don't expect it and nor should you. I'm going to give you a few examples.
Rory Culkin and Emma Roberts are the killers.
Once again, on Facebook, but in a very different and deliberate way. Josh had some kind of political status, as he does, in which a bunch of people were just talking politics. Then, randomly, someone comments, "Kylo kills Han." No explanation. No provocation. We weren't even talking about anything Star Wars. Why'd he do it? 1) Because he could. 2) Because he didn't care.
When I got pissed and screamed (in a text way), asking why he would do that, very deliberately, he had no answer. All he did was insult me, act as if he knew me and hid behind his computer. He also said things about certain parts of my Facebook he could only have known by spying or getting a mutual friend to spy. Petty stuff, sure. Childish, absolutely.
There were two levels of spoilers with GoT. People who read the books knew fully well what was going on. Some, like me, who didn't read the books, were finding out this stuff as I watched it. Just like the Harry Potter books, you can make a devil's advocate argument that people can't be mad because the books were always out there. So they didn't know about the Red Wedding? Who cares, they could've.
But then the show got to a point of unknown territory. The show has eclipsed the books. While everyone's trying to bang down Martin's door (I met him once, but that's a story for another time), the show keeps on trucking. With that, comes the joining of the readers and watchers. Now, no one knows! So, there's no more justification of the books' pre-existence. We're all in the dark, and that brings me to the crux of my argument.
False. One can never eat too many tacos.
In any event, it's been speculated in the books that he warged into Ghost or will be brought back some other way. With the show ahead of the books, we didn't know how and when that might or might not have happened. The show aired and boy, am I glad I watched it live. I almost didn't, but nothing was on and I chose to tune in live instead of later that night. The episode reached its end and Jon Snow breathed a breath and was back among the living.
With the show over, I went on Facebook to answer a message and saw someone post, "I CAN NOW BREATHE LIKE JON SNOW!" Again I ask the simple question of... why? Why is there an innate need to run to Facebook and immediately post what just happened? Now follow me here, because I'm going to prove when people do that, they don't care. They just. Don't. Care.
Say you watched the show and saw Jon survive. Let's call you Willy. Say you have a friend named Benjamin. You run to the 'book and post "Jon's alive! Jon's alive!" Well, who did you post that for? You didn't need to. You could've just as easily wrote, "OMG THIS SHOW!" Benjamin would've understood, since he would've seen it. The only people who won't understand would be the ones who still need to watch it. So why bother being so explicit for people who otherwise wouldn't even get what you're referring to?
There's really no definitive answer. All real reasoning and logic would tell you there's no need. It's nothing new, but it's way more widespread. We all remember the video of the guy yelling Snape killed Dumbledore at the premiere of the book, right? If not, take a look.
I do know one thing, though.
When The Walking Dead comes back, someone's going to say who Negan kills AS SOON as it happens. Glenn, I'm looking at you man. (See... that's not a spoiler, and I expect you to know why.)