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Our turn: Game of Thrones and the spoiler dilemma

On Sunday night, one of the best shows on television returns for its final season. Game of Thrones is in the final leg of a marathon of a story that has taken almost 70 hours to tell. HBO’s money tree will pull in millions of eyes for the six-episode season over the next month and a half. The culmination of this grand narration will be the most talked about television event for the next decade.

Not to be dramatic, but I’m pretty excited.

All that being said, many GoT fans have a problem. HBO is a paid subscription service, which limits the accessibility for some viewers to watch the show live. Some fans haven’t finished the previous seven seasons in time for the season eight premiere. With the social media streets being as crowded as ever, spoilers will pour out of fingers into 280 characters and be accessible in the palm of your hand.

You could instinctively open up Facebook or Twitter while you’re having a date night with your partner only to find out that Tyrion Lannister was beheaded by the Night King. You could be at your niece’s quinceanera only to get a call from a coworker who, for some reason, needs to get your thoughts on the relationship progression of Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow right this very second. GoT fans trying to avoid spoilers on Sunday night is like trying to walk on eggshells while bobbing and weaving punches from Muhamed Ali.

Spoilers are the great downfall of social media. The ultimate conversation platform turns into a landmine of unwanted information. People are careless with the words they speak. Especially with something as important as a fictional television show. Here’s the thing; when you open up your Instagram app to find out the Hound has slayed the Mountain in a fight for the ages, you have nobody to blame but yourself.

Don’t get me wrong, in almost all scenarios I am a full-time participant in the anti-spoiler club. If I can’t get to a Marvel movie in the opening weekend only to go on Twitter to see some insensitive kid tweet out the direct result of what happened, I’m upset. But GoT is completely different.

By this point, it’s almost universally known that during the weeks that GoT is live on TV, the tweets on Sunday night aren’t just to talk about the event, but to also enhance it. If you can’t watch the saga live then turn off your phone and throw it in the dumpster. Expecting people to not live tweet a television event is like expecting me to run a mile in under six minutes. I have a better shot at winning the lottery.

If you haven't finished the first seven seasons then you’re screwed. Quite frankly, you had eight years to catch up and the world isn’t going to wait for you now.

For the record, I’m not even that hardcore of a GoT fan. It’s not even my favorite show. I’m not the kind of person that goes on Reddit to scope out theories or read the books. I think most fans are like me and just love the show, will watch it live and talk about it with friends. However, GoT is just one of those things that defies the normal laws of spoilers. So either turn your phone off, delete social media or cancel your plans. GoT is back and it’s going to be extraordinary.

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“It’s Our Turn” is a weekly column that rotates among members of the Echo Press editorial staff.

Jared Rubado

Jared is a graduate of Augustana University with a degree in journalism and sport management. Jared is a long-time Minnesota sports fan who, for some reason, still has never seen any of his favorite teams win a championship. He is also a movie fanatic. His favorite kind of movies are comic book films and musicals. Jared is from Brainerd, Minnesota and played sports growing up. He was a goalie for his high school hockey team. Jared is excited to contribute to the community of Douglas County and is looking forward to meeting many of you. 

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