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AMC Spoiled The Walking Dead Last Night. Let’s Make Peace With That.

AMC Walking Dead Spoiler

Spoilers below. Obviously.

As expected, every entertainment website on the internet is talking about The Walking Dead today, in the wake of last night’s mid-season finale. There’s a whole lot of outrage, though it has nothing to do with the show killing off another main character.

Immediately after Dawn shot Beth in the head, the official Walking Dead Facebook page posted a picture of Daryl holding Beth’s lifeless body, with the caption ‘RIP Beth.’ What’s the problem with that, you ask? Well, the episode hadn’t yet aired on the West Coast, thereby making the post a pretty major spoiler.

It wasn’t long before the post was pulled from the page, though the damage had already been done. Millions of fans had the ‘shocking’ finale of the fifth season’s first half spoiled for them, before they were able to watch it for themselves, which is needless to say a flub that has likely resulted in AMC’s social media department getting a big ole slap on the wrist.

The fact that Beth’s demise was the most obvious character death in the show’s history did little to ease the anger of many outraged fans, who have been taking to social media all day to express their displeasure with AMC. And rightfully so, because a spoiler is a spoiler, no matter how predictable that spoiler may be to some viewers.

Should AMC have been mindful of the fact that not everyone had a chance to see the episode, before they spilled the beans? Yes. And should fans be more considerate on social media, when they offer up their thoughts on just-aired episodes of major shows? Absolutely. I’m not going to sit here and justify spoilers that are out in the open for all to see, as it’s a total dick move, no matter how you slice it.

But here’s the thing. There’s a pretty simple way to avoid social media spoilers of your favorite TV shows, an almost foolproof precaution that has to date worked for me every single time. I call it the SOSM approach: Stay. Off. Social. Media.

I know what you’re thinking right now: ‘Why should I modify my internet habits because of inconsiderate dicks?’ Honestly, you shouldn’t have to. And it sucks that you have to. But guess what? You have to. This is the society we live in. You know the way things work by now. And unless you want to continue being exposed to spoilers, you’ve got no choice but to take this precaution.

There have been plenty of times where I wasn’t able to watch a new episode of The Walking Dead as it aired, and yet I can honestly say that I’ve never had anything major spoiled for me. Despite my addiction to social media, I always make it a point to stay off both Twitter and Facebook on these occasions, and I also always make it a point to play catch up ASAP, so that I can resume my normal social media habits ASAP. Because addiction.

Though I’m surely going to catch shit for saying this, I honestly don’t even fault AMC for ‘spoiling’ last night’s episode. Sure, they should’ve held off for a bit, but what West Coast Walking Dead fan in their right mind was on Facebook last night, when they knew the episode had aired on the East Coast? Is it that hard to stay off Facebook for a couple hours? And was anyone honestly shocked that logging in resulted in the episode being spoiled?

Yes, it’s shitty that the goddamn network is the one that posted the spoiler, but again, it could’ve been easily avoided by anyone who really wanted to avoid it. We simply must evolve with the times, and when it comes to TV watching, evolving with the times means treading carefully around the internet, when others have seen new episodes before we have – whether you like that or not.

If you’re one of those fans who had the episode spoiled last night, you’re probably sitting back right now wishing death upon me for suggesting what I’m suggesting. And I get that, I really do. But please, before you go on the attack, make sure you’re not misreading what I’m saying here. I’m not saying you shouldn’t be mad, or that it’s your fault when others post spoilers. I’m simply saying that there is a way to avoid situations like last night’s, and I hope you’ll take those precautions, going forward.

One other thing I want to address, in relation to all this, is the general topic of spoilers. The way I see it, both movies and TV shows are about the journey, rather than the destination, and so I’ve personally never been bothered by having anything spoiled for me. I knew Bruce Willis was dead the whole time, long before I ever saw The Sixth Sense. But it didn’t matter. It was still a great fucking movie.

Same goes for The Walking Dead. I knew Beth was dying, going into last night’s episode, and that didn’t have any impact on my enjoyment of the episode. As a society, we’ve become so anti-spoiler that we feel like something is ‘ruined’ simply because we know the end result, which is rarely ever the case. Is life less enjoyable, because you know you’re going to die in the end? No, it shouldn’t be.

So relax. These are just TV shows we’re talking about. Spoilers aren’t the end of the world, and it’s time we all make peace with the fact that they’re an inherent part of social media, and learn to do what’s necessary to avoid them. We shouldn’t have to. But we do have to. Because the world doesn’t start and stop at our convenience.

And hey. If the biggest problem of your day is AMC tipping you off to the fact that Beth got shot in the head, well, then you’ve got it pretty damn good, my friend.

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  • contel

    Yeah, I was spoiled on it too, only cause I couldn’t stay off FB. No big deal though, in the grand scheme of things.

  • Agreed. I avoid social media if I am unable to watch live. The world is not going to just stop for little old me.

  • Klyph R’ha Ben Sun

    My wife saw the meme before I did and tried to tell me about it. First time in 16 years of marriage I ever yelled at her to SHUT UP!!!!

  • Thomas Raven

    WHAT? Bruce Willis is dead? Awwww, and I was finally going to watch that movie tonight! Thanks a LOT!

  • TrickR TreatR

    ironically John, you are the main feed on my social media that I have to avoid when a show I watch has aired but I have not yet been able to view it. For me, it is not simply a few hour delay or just catching it tomorrow. My wife enjoys many of the same shows as I do and we will hold them in the DVR for days until we are both able to sit down and enjoy them together. Somwtimes less favored shows even get backed up a week or two!
    The challenge here is that avoiding your social media comments would also deny me seeing the reason I follow you in the first place; the cool articles you write for various other sites and other links you share that I often enjoy. Too bad because attracting readers to these sites and possibly selling some the items you bring to peoples attention is how you make your living I understand. I plan to hang in there as I am pretty good at reading the first word or two and knowing it may be spoilery.

  • John Squires

    I make it a point to never outright spoil anything on social media, though I’m sure I’m guilty of saying too much, from time to time. Within posts, such as Walking Dead recaps, there are of course spoilers. But when it comes to tweets, I try to express some quick opinions without really giving anything away. Again, I think it’s a dick move to spoil shows on social media, and I sincerely hope I’ve never been the one to spoil anything for you. I do my best!

  • TrickR TreatR

    I appreciate what you do. You have found a lot of cool things I would never have seen otherwise, such as my Sam bobble head from Killer Design! Thank you
    It’s tough right now because I am dying to see The Babadook but my family wants to wait until friday. It seems every site is talking about Babadook right now.

  • John Squires

    Haven’t yet seen Babadook, but will likely be checking it out this week – and reviewing it here on Halloween Love. Looking forward to it, as I’ve heard nothing but good things.

  • gcap2719

    You know what really set me off on Sunday night? I really lost my cool when AMC spoiled that Angela Baker was in fact a boy and the camp killer. Of course I’m in Central time zone so it hadn’t aired here yet. Never watching that channel again after that botch.

    No but seriously, I have recently come to terms with SOSM. Like you said, I shouldn’t have to, but I better do it since that’s where we are at now in this internet age.

    From a marketing aspect, ouch…AMC with the party foul (and I don’t mean Adam Rose’s finisher).