How to Avoid the Sadness of ‘Game Of Thrones' Spoilers

Something completely unexpected happened on Game of Thrones this week – and while I won’t spoil it for you (after all, I respect the fact that watching it live or through your friend’s HBO Go account might not be your highest priority at the moment), I will say that for some reason, Queen’s “Another One Bites The Dust” is circulating in my brain at an alarming speed. If you’ve watched at least one episode, you know that can mean almost anything.

When I say it was “completely unexpected,” let me clarify something: It wasn’t 100% unexpected. Those who have read George R.R. Martin’s series A Song of Ice and Fire have known about the outcome for awhile, and if you’re an impatient jerk like me, you stumbled across the plot while wasting time on Wikipedia. George R.R. Martin’s first book in the series, A Game of Thrones, was written in 1991 and published in 1996. While he still has two more books to complete in his series (and George – you might want to get on that soon), fans who have kept up with the most current novel, 2011’s A Dance with Dragons, have a pretty good idea of where the direction of the show will go.

I have to give some credit to all of those who are engulfed within the fictional world of Westeros, as they seem to have a lot of respect for each other. Certain forums online are geared towards unspoiled speculation regarding the series, and even those who have read the books seem to enjoy the insights of those who don’t have a clue as to what might happen next. However, you will come across the occasional fan who believes that certain scenes won’t be so shocking if the viewers actually took the time to read George R.R. Martin’s words ahead of time. Besides pacing, the show seems to mimic the books perfectly (or, so says my husband). Thus, readers have a lot more power over viewers.

Let me clear something up here: Reading is awesome. Girls who read are awesome. And I continue to read almost daily, even without the temptation of a giant Book It! pin, and a free personal pan pizza from Pizza Hut. However, not everyone has the time to catch up on books that are well over 600 pages, and others seem get more out of watching the story unfold through television. The acting and cinematography of the program are both so vivid, that even readers feel the shock and surprise by visually seeing how their favorite chapters were depicted on screen. Both projects related to the series are works of art in their own way, and they both deserve the massive amount of accolades they’re currently receiving.

So – fellow fans who enjoy the show through television alone, how can you actively avoid spoiling yourself on what happens next?

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  • Melissa Wiebe

    I don’t just don’t go and seek them out.

  • Johanna Sch

    I just… yeah, I have no pity for people who haven’t read the books getting their TV show spoiled. Just like I didn’t feel bad for the people that didn’t know (SPOILER ALERT) Dumbledore would die, or anything that has ever happened in a book that was made into a movie/series. Personally, I don’t feel the series does the books justice in any way except the casting (that’s pretty spot on in most cases), and while I don’t actively go out and spoil things (apparently, that’s rude), the whining of people who have gotten some plot point spoiled is straight-up annoying.
    The books are some of the most brilliant pieces of work I have ever read… where’s my forum where I can go complain about the series spoiling them for me?!
    (I’m very much resisting the urge to end this with a spoiler. That’s how much I respect Hello Giggle’s positivity rules. You’re welcome.)

  • Ruby McQuade

    I’ve only read the first book (thank you audible) and working my way through the second one. Since the season is past that point, I use my own version of the Sensory Deprivator 5000 ( If I don’t happen to have that handy…it’s tough but I simply avoid all social media until I have time to watch the episode. Otherwise…the Sensory Deprivator 5000.

  • Liz Banks

    Facebook spoils for me I don’t even ask for it! It just comes out if the blue! But luckily my friends (after they have spoiled) learn to hold in details so shows won’t be ruined for me. Or I just avoid Facebook while an episode is premiering.

  • Phyllis Hacker

    I like spoilers so they don’t bother me. What does upset me is knowing Television Without Pity is gone. They were so funny.

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