Spoiler Alert: It’s On You To Avoid Spoilers – Even For ‘The Walking Dead’

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About Joanna Schroeder

Joanna Schroeder is the type of working mom who opens her car door and junk spills out all over the ground. She serves as Executive Editor of The Good Men Project and is a freelance writer whose work has appeared on sites like xoJane, hlntv.com, and The Huffington Post. Joanna loves playing with her sons, skateboarding with her husband, and hanging out with friends. Her dream is to someday finish her almost-done novel and get some sleep. Follow her shenanigans on Twitter.


  1. Say whatever you have to say to justify ruining it for others. Just because “everyone else” is doing it doesn’t make it excusable. Then you say that you’re just a reactive type and don’t feel that it’s your responsibility to filter yourself. Okay, fine. And now you’re upset because so many people are mad? Please! You’re starting to sound like a spoiled princess(and I mean that in the nicest way possible).

    Years ago, someone spoiled the ending of the last Harry Potter book, three days after it came out, on a morning radio talk show. The talk show host issued a public apology in an attempt to stem the phone calls from angry listeners.

    You can post your reactions to movies, tv shows, and books without spoiling them, just choose your words more carefully.

    • Joanna Schroeder says:

      I think a national TV show with a major event is different than the end of a book or even a movie spoiler. First, if it’s already a massive trend on Twitter, and it’s not racist, sexist, homophobic or otherwise harmful to people, you’re probably okay.

      I honestly think that you need to be reasonable with your expectations of the world. In this case, expecting Twitter to be something other than a giant room where people talk about their reactions to pop culture and the media is expecting too much.

      And, I’d like for you to answer the question of when it becomes okay to talk about something like Herschel’s death. I know people who just started watching LOST. Should we not talk about the fact that everyone was always dead on the island, even though it’s been 3 years? Just in case some random person on Twitter is in Season 2 of LOST?

      I wouldn’t say it TO them, but I’m not going to NOT make commentary about LOST because I’m afraid a random reader doesn’t know.

      I mean, I haven’t watched Game of Thrones yet, but I know what happens in Red Wedding or whatever that episode is. Because it exploded on Twitter and I saw it. That’s life.

      • Well damn. I’ve always wanted to watch LOST and haven’t yet. Now I know the twist. Thanks a lot.

        But really, I actually haven’t seen LOST, but I don’t care that I just read a spoiler. I’ll still watch it and most likely enjoy it. It is to be expected. The Walking Dead always explodes in social media as it airs and people should know better.

        Let’s not forget the show The Talking Dead which encourages viewers to tweet comments and questions about the new episode literally right after the episode is done.

      • (Not aimed at anyone, just a general message)

        Put a spoiler warning on it and try to make sure that it won’t be seen by accident. I nearly had it spoiled on facebook when I am a season behind, letting it catch up because I watch shows in bulk.

        If someone posted the spoilers to the big marvel movies, especially Wolverine 2′s ending I would have flipped at them. It’s an asshole move to do without fair warning, it’s pathetic and annoying to have something ruined because someone is too lazy to protect the spoiler. Doesn’t matter if others are doing it, show respect to people that haven’t seen it by linking off to a blog or something with plenty of spoiler warnings.

        “spoilers don’t spoil anything. In fact, a new study suggests that spoilers can actually increase our enjoyment of literature.”

        Not for me, I love anticipating what happens. When I know what happens, it pisses me off bigtime because I like to be surprised.

        I was watching something last night and I won’t say what show it is, they drive along and BOOM the vehicle explodes…totally did not see that coming and it added even more to the suspense of that show. Now if some arrogant person decided to spoil this episode for me they would have had some words from me over it. Facebook will post up status’s of people and you have no way to know what they’re going to say, one person said OMG OMG at walking dead but they were kind enough to not say anymore about it. There were people going OMG OMG at the wedding in GoT but most were decent enough to not spoil it.

        “I think a national TV show with a major event is different than the end of a book or even a movie spoiler.”
        No, Tv shows have progressed so far now that they are rivalling movies. Game of Thrones pulls in more cash and costs more to produce per season than many movies to.

        Your article is sounding like your entitlement to say what you want, damned be to whoever reads. All I ask is just put spoiler warnings on stuff, as soon as I see them I look away fast and find something else. I like to go into movies without knowing what goes on. For Transformers I looked away from the screen during previews for another movie at the cinema, blocked my ears and went la la la. A lot of trailers LOVE TO SHOW THE GOD DAMN ENDING and major plot points in the trailer, like Wolverine 2 with the MAJOR MAJOR MAJOR spoiler that happens to Wolverine that I purposely told my brother to not watch any trailers for days of future past to avoid spoiling the movie. The ads on pay per view TV show that scene happen and I was pretty surprised when it happened during the movie, and that surprise was good.

        tl;dr, don’t be an ass online, put spoiler warnings over posts. People who spoil stuff are nothing but arrogant assholes in my view trying to ruin fun for others. People with a sense of decency label their posts with spoiler warnings, and many forums even have special ways to block it out and only people that click on a button see it.

      • The end of a book or a movie is exactly the same as a popular tv show. Just the time needed before the spoiling is different. Some people are slow readers, and it takes them a few weeks to get through the book. It may take an extra week before some people get to see a new movie. I’m not suggesting that you never talk about it, but posting specifics right after a show has aired just isn’t cool. I would think that 2-3 days is a decent amount of time for most people to catch up on a tv show. When in doubt though, a spoiler warning is really helpful.

        And Sarah, the Talking Dead is meant for people who just watched the new episode. I seriously doubt anybody is watching that before they watch the episode it follows. You do bring up a good point though.
        My whole argument depends on how and where spoilers are given. There is a huge difference between people talking about a show on a show specific twitter or tumbler page where people go to express their feelings about what they just saw and you positing “OMG, Herschel dies!” on your personal fb page.

  2. Allan Mott says:

    100% spot on, Joanna. The Internet is a big place and it’s unfair to expect it to stop because we’re PVRing something everyone wants to talk about.

  3. John K. Anderson says:

    I can’t agree more. I once got yelled for “spoiling” a main plot point of “The Wire” two years, I kid you not, after it originally aired. I get that if someone tells you they are finally getting around to watching something, and asks you not to spoil it then you should respect that. But there has to be a cut off for general consumption.

  4. The fact that people legitimately get yelled at or harassed about TV show spoilers, is seriously mind blowing. You people out there are so entitled, oh my gosh. IT’S TELEVISION. THE WORLD ISN’T GOING TO EXPLODE IF SOMEONE TELLS YOU THE ENDING OF A SHOW BEFORE YOU’VE SEEN IT.

    I don’t want to sound mean, but GET OVER IT.

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