Are TV and Movie Spoilers the Worst Thing in the World?

By Sam Gibbs on at

Yesterday, the Metro published an article about the penultimate episode of the third season of Game of Thrones, which aired on Monday in the UK. I won't spoil it for you here if you haven't seen it, but apparently a lot of stuff happens. It seems, though, that not everyone watches things live any more, because a legion of irate readers descended on the newspaper, angrily complaining about all the spoilers ruining the show for them.

Now, while I'm not a Game of Thrones watcher myself, I feel their pain. I almost never watch things live on TV these days, recording everything and time-shifting it to when I actually have a moment free. For the most part it's fine -- thankfully, no one seems to want to try and spoil Endeavour or whatever for me -- but when it comes to race weekends, I basically have to boycott the internet to avoid seeing the F1 GP results.

Everyone knows you need to disable Twitter to avoid spoilers, but is printing recaps in the newspaper, complete with spoiler-laden images on the third page, a step too far? Is there anything worse (apart from world hunger, obviously) than having a highly anticipated watching experience ruined by some dumb plot spoilers? According to Metro readers there isn't.

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