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Certainly been a lot of those to avoid recently, no? (I mean...I can't believe Thanos killed Jon Snow. Talk about a twist.)

At any rate, after reading about fights actually breaking out over "Endgame" spoilers, it got me thinking of the lengths we have to go these days to avoid them (and how angry they can make us...although, personally, I've never been tempted to start a fight over a spoiler).

It also got me wondering:

What's the worst spoiler you've ever experienced?

Could be for a movie or a TV show or a book or whatever. If it somehow spoiled your enjoyment, go ahead and share. But please be sensible. You probably shouldn't put "Endgame" spoilers here right now, but if we're talking about "The Sixth Sense" or "The Lost" finale, I feel like those are fair game.

You could also mention what the spoiler is about, along with some space -- so readers can skip things that they would consider spoilers. Maybe a picture or two. Something to warn them...

Here's an example (which I think should be fairly safe now):

It's coming...

Might wanna scroll fast...

Pictured: random reader sees spoiler

Han Solo dies.

Did you scroll fast enough?


Pictured: random reader avoids spoiler

Additionally (or alternatively), you could talk about a spoiler that you managed to avoid -- so something genuinely surprised you. (Again, though, be sensible -- because even talking about a spoiler you avoided might still be a spoiler for someone else, you see.) To give an example: I've never read anything by George R.R. Martin. (Well, unless you want to count "Dark, Dark Were the Tunnels," his short story in the "Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse" anthology. But I don't expect you to.) So you can imagine how I reacted to the Red Wedding. (I was vague enough there so I didn't feel the need to announce a spoiler. But you likely know what I'm talking about.)

Go ahead...and remember: SPOILERS FOLLOW!

P.S. If you're really spoiler-sensitive, you might not want to follow this thread or do anything that might cause content to pop up in your activity stream. That could cause a nasty surprise.

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  • May 06, 2019 at 03:03 PM

    Wait, I thought it was Melisandre who resurrected Darth Vader so that he could team up with Thor to defeat Sauron.

    • May 06, 2019 at 03:21 PM

      OK, Matt, that got a legit lol from me. Clearly I should have come up with a better example. I accept defeat. :)

    • May 06, 2019 at 03:26 PM

      Jerry, it would not have been a real spoiler to predict that Matt would be one of the first commenters here:)

  • May 06, 2019 at 04:58 PM

    There is this one time I spoiled myself after watching 10 episodes and stated to look for the character details in the internet :D :D I came to know about the ending and was so upset I dropped the series :D worst part is that it's one of the best anime out there( "Death Note" ). Still regret that I couldn't finish that master piece :(

  • May 06, 2019 at 05:56 PM

    I once paid for the ability to watch NFL games after the fact but you had to wait until all games were completed until they became available (late Monday night). Specifically I was interested in Packer games since I was not able to watch them at the regular time due to work, family, other commitments. It was a waste of money. Every, single, game, was spoiled. You cannot live in WI and avoid Packer talk unless you actually wear blinders and plug your ears.

    Other than this I can't remember being spoiled much or at all. Who won the Derby?

    • May 06, 2019 at 07:41 PM

      I have on occasion watched a sporting event after I knew the outcome...particularly if I thought a loss might be too upsetting. I found it better to watch knowing who was going to win. :)

      I've also watched sporting events after the fact when I've heard they were particularly exciting. So if a game didn't interest me enough to watch live, and I found out later I missed a classic event, I'd check out the replay (even though I knew what was going to happen).

  • May 06, 2019 at 08:35 PM

    I am watching to the second season of game of thrones yet, and you tell me that Thanos kills to Jon Snow, :0 why? you do that. :'(

    I know why Thanos kills to Jon Snow ;) because he is a Stark , right? >:0

  • May 07, 2019 at 07:51 AM

    I've been watching a series (had watched two seasons at that point) that my friend was a fan of, too. And we were chatting about different stuff and movies and series and suddenly she said about one of the main characters of that series (talking about one of the two main characters!): "And it's so sad that that was her last season, right?" thinking I already saw season 3. Well, I didn't and all I could think about when finally watching it was "When will it finally happen? When will her character go?". :/

    • May 07, 2019 at 02:35 PM

      Ouch. Sometimes I wonder what's worse: Knowing the exact spoiler or sorta/kinda knowing the spoiler so you end up watching anxiously, waiting for something to happen.

  • May 07, 2019 at 02:23 PM

    Probably wouldn't have been able to imagine how one looks like when he saw a spoiler or when he avoided a spoiler :D so thanks for the realistic pictures, Jerry!

  • May 13, 2019 at 09:31 AM

    Hehe, cool thread.

    My better half works in the business, but is usually discreet enough. Usually all I get is a teaser: "Oooh, you'll never guess who dies in 'The Force Awakens'" - mercifully I was never told who before I watched it.

    But sometimes there's also the anti-spoiler: During making of "The Dark Knight", apparently the early versions of Two-Face were "amazingly realistic, even the director was grossed out". But later it had to be toned down substantially to get a PG-12 rating, so when I got to watch the movie I was acutely aware that there was no blood on his face - though the effects were still excellent.

    • May 14, 2019 at 12:10 PM

      Wow, hard to believe that Two-Face could look even more gruesome. In many ways, I think that film was flirting with an R-rating to begin with (because even though the Joker's actions were never explicitly shown, the implications were nasty enough). I'm sure a more hideous Two-Face would have pushed the ratings board over the edge...

      • May 14, 2019 at 12:39 PM

        Yep, apparently it was very close to 15 in the UK but crept in because it's comic book style took some of the realism off. Yeah right...

  • May 14, 2019 at 07:41 AM

    one of the social media side effects :'|

    • May 14, 2019 at 12:11 PM

      So true...and I even have an example from this week. I didn't get a chance to watch A Game of Thrones on Sunday night, and the minute I went on social media Monday morning (something I can't avoid, as it's part of the job), I was bombarded with spoilers and hashtags.

  • May 14, 2019 at 02:40 PM

    I found out *before* watching GWTW that Atlanta burned.

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    • May 14, 2019 at 03:32 PM

      Sorry to hear that. Have you seen "Titanic"? ;-)

      • May 14, 2019 at 05:40 PM

        That's the one where the Na'vi travel back in time to stop the T-2 from sinking the ship by importing an iceberg from LV-426, right?

        • May 14, 2019 at 05:44 PM

          You forgot to say SPOILER ALERT

          • May 14, 2019 at 05:45 PM

            SPOILER ALERT!

          • May 14, 2019 at 07:00 PM

            No he didn’t, we travelled back in time so there it will was been* in the following post.

            For the uninitiated: time travel requires a whole bunch of new tenses, thusly referring to a future event that you encounter first because you time travelled and thus skipped the actual event and then travel back and encounter the skipped past event referred to in the previous future.

            Or, to put it simply, you’re supposed to read time-travel related posts backwards.

      • May 14, 2019 at 06:28 PM

        I heard that Kate was a beeyotch about the space on some board, but otherwise, I assume it all ended well?

  • May 14, 2019 at 06:13 PM

    OK - now I get kicked out of the discussion. Before I would watch End Game, I had to go see who would die. Otherwise I refused to go with my son. *We went on Mother's Day* He however, has avoided spoilers like the plague.

    So sometimes I dig for those spoilers. ;)

    Mmmmm.... Must say I must not have watched closely enough. (Missed some of those spoilers from this page)

    • May 15, 2019 at 11:29 AM

      The page has been pretty spoiler-free thus far. :)

      • May 15, 2019 at 11:43 AM

        I don't know the one about Thanos killing Jon Snow was a big spoiler for End Game.


        Seriously if you have or plan to go to that show. The last one liner is amazing. "I am Iron Man".

        • May 15, 2019 at 11:59 AM

          I saw 4DX, no less. That was my first (and last) time with that experience. When you're watching a 3-hour film, the novelty wears off pretty fast.

          I may go see it again at a standard screening. No 3D. No IMAX. It was hard focusing the first time, since my seat kept bouncing me and tilting me, and I'd occasionally feel a spray of water in my face. Next time I just wanna watch the movie without all the bells and whistles.

          • May 15, 2019 at 12:22 PM

            Well.... I just watched the normal film. No extras. I really enjoyed it. My son did too (21). It was a perfect Mother's day film. For me the 3 hours went by really fast. I can't imagine being moved around... There would be a lot of movement for this one.

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