EW Did a Hilariously Terrible Job of Not Spoiling 'Game of Thrones'
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EW Did a Hilariously Terrible Job of Not Spoiling 'Game of Thrones'

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | June 16, 2014 | Comments ()


While I was looking for some post material this morning, I zipped over to Entertainment Weekly, and it’s a good thing I’d already seen last night’s Game of Thrones because if I hadn’t, it wouldn’t have been hard to piece together much of what had happened based on the headlines and images alone. Granted, I don’t particularly care about spoilers (in fact, I’ve learned to embrace them) and I figure with an episode as big as the Game of Thrones fourth-season finale, you have to expect to be spoiled if you even turn on your computer or smart phone in the morning. But I do know — THANKS COMMENTERS — that many of you loathe spoilers and would probably execute those who delivered them, if it were legal.

In that vein, I thought EW’s coverage was laughably bad for the way it spoiled plot points even while including the following line below the image: “Warning: The following contains spoilers about Sunday’s Game of Thrones season 4 finale…”

If you don’t want to be spoiled to last night’s finale, back on out, because here’s what the EW TV page looked like this morning:

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Hmmm. I WONDER who could’ve committed a murder last night? Maybe Tyrion? Maybe. MAYBE?

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I wonder who the “actress” in the brutal finale fight was? COULD IT HAVE BEEN THE WOMAN IN THE PICTURE? I guess Arya and Brienne of Tarth crossed paths, huh?

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Gee, could one of those finale twists have been that Arya gets on a boat and sails away? Funny, her constant companion for the past two seasons isn’t on the boat with her. I wonder what happened to him? I wonder if that brutal scene above has anything to do with the fact that she’s alone?

The most egregious headline/image spoiler, however, was a book-reader spoiler, alluding to THAT thing that all the book readers were waiting for that never arrived. Basically, EW gave it away.






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Hmm. Who is Lady Stoneheart? Whoever she is, she looks an AWFULLY like a zombie Caitlin Stark. Whatever could that be about?

To be fair, Lady Stoneheart is basically the worst kept secret on the Internet at this point. Book readers were so good about keeping the Red Wedding a secret for three seasons, but it’s been a lot more difficult to avoid spoilers since then. Granted, based on anecdotal evidence, book readers were also very good about keeping the Oberyn/Mountain secret, but most everything else (including and especially, the Purple Wedding) was practically common knowledge by non-book readers by the time those twists aired. As someone who works on the Internet but who does not necessarily seek out spoilers, the only surprise I’ve had all season was Brienne and The Hound’s fight, which I suspect wasn’t even in the book.

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  • vic

    Oh no. Dustin, I'm sorry. That last spoiler should still be unknown to you. Son of a bitch, EW. You are the damn worst.

  • Graham Kwiatkowski

    Pieces about spoilers- even anything referencing the "need" to have different REVIEWS of each episode in terms of book vs. tv show-only readers- are getting tiresome.

    Folks need to sit down and read some more. These all came out years ago. It seems Pajiba's intellectual cache has gone down down down these past 6+ years.

  • Scorptilicus

    The LSH one is really bad. They took it off the main page but still left it on the article page. I don't know what they're thinking.
    The rest... I don't know why you'd go to an entertainment site that recaps major TV shows the day after it airs if you haven't watched it yet and don't want to be spoiled. It reminds me of people who complain about Twitter spoiling them rather than, you know, not reading Twitter for a few hours.

  • John G.

    are you joking? no twitter for ...hours? My doctor told me not to be off twitter for more than 3 minutes. It's unhealthy. I mean, he said he was a doctor.

  • sherryb23

    I'm waiting for the book reader recap to put my thoughts out there, obvs, but I will say here that I think it was a very different episode for "read the book" viewers than "haven't read the book" viewers.

  • Afrikoka

    Good thing is... i didn't know what the fuck was spoiled about so it will all be forgotten by the time i start watching game of thrones...

  • I think book readers have done a fair job of not spoiling the Lady Stoneheart thing. Granted, there were rumblings everywhere about her possible reveal, just like the Red and Purple Weddings, but I never saw anyone outside of a book readers post (here or elsewhere) come right out and say it.

    I spoiled LSH myself, because I had a theory who it might be. I was completely wrong, but upon further inspection these are loafers Catelyn makes perfect sense.

  • Bert_McGurt

    Mind sharing who your theory was? Because this was me after reading that chapter:

  • Well, I had no idea what the character was supposed to be, I just kept hearing the name "Lady Stoneheart" tossed about. At first, I assumed it was a new character, a la the Queen of Thorns, but at some point I figured out it was a character we already knew. So, I thought, "stone-heart, huh, who's heart is made of 'stone' now?" And I landed on Sansa, figuring that would be her alias when she's out tromping 'round the Eeyrie with Littlefinger and Robin. Like, sure, the leaders of the Vale can know who she is, but why would they want everyone in the Seven Kingdoms to know? I thought the new name indicated her significant turn after the Moon Door incident.

    But, yeah, that's obviously not quite the shock that Catelyn's new, uh, state will be.

  • Bert_McGurt

    Ah, interesting train of thought! I always get a kick out of seeing where other people's heads go on some of this stuff. This series is so good at sparking crazy theories that I'm amazed Dustin hasn't gotten on board with them yet.

  • Ha! Yeah, get with it D-Man!

    Upon even further inspection, it's clear my theory wasn't nearly crazy enough.

  • Skyler Durden

    Well, since I just skimmed the photos, now that's ruined for me too. Also, let's not get so fucking smug, Pajiba.

    The day of the purple wedding, Pajiba laid out a full page "Celebrating Joffrey on his big day".

    On the day the mountain fought the viper, Pajiba laid out a full page "Celebrating our favorite sexy Dornishman".

    Yesterday, Pajiba laid out a full page "Celebrating Tywin Lannister on Father's Day".

    So maybe Pajiba can chill the fuck out a little when is comes to seeing who is the lesser asshole when it comes to spoilers.

  • John G.

    They also post the review of the show at 7:01 PM pacific time, immediately after the east coast feed of the show is over, which is 2 hours before it begins on the west coast.

  • JoannaRobinson

    "Yesterday, Pajiba laid out a full page 'Celebrating Tywin Lannister on Father's Day.'" Are you thinking of Uproxx? If you're going to accuse, you have to accuse accurately. Them's the rules.

  • Skyler Durden

    You're right. That last one was not Pajiba, my bad. However, my basic point still stands. Let's not get smug in making fun of other websites.

    The fact that the spoilery picture above is even on this page deserves a hand-slap. Posting the word "SPOILER" COMBINED WITH A MASSIVELY SPOILERY PICTURE while simultaneously mocking the source makes 'us' no better than 'them'. It's like the meme that arose during the olympics of the idiot sportscasters who told you to mute your TV so you wouldn't hear the scores, and then showed the scores on the screen.

    The Stoneheart thing may be "the worst kept secret on the internet", but guess what - I didn't know it. Until now. And this is shortly after I commented that Pajiba was starting to feel like the only place I felt safe from spoilers. Now the next season hasn't even begun and it has already been tarnished.

  • SelenaMac

    I'm also confused by his use of the phrase "full page" here. Is there a triple-secret-confidential print version of Pajiba/Uproxx this fella's getting? Does he print out his daily Internets, perhaps for a binder? Skyler Durden is clearly living a life full of secrets, in a world crucially different than our own. J-Ro, you may have accidentally unlocked something huge. Or the next Marvel movie plot.
    Or he could be my dad, who once yelled at the UPS guy when the price of stamps went up.

  • Skyler Durden

    One, I'm a female, and two, I simply used "full-page" as shorthand for "lengthy article full of 20 or more photos and gifs".

    Let's lighten up on the pedantry, shall we? It doesn't look good on either of us.

  • Kris

    You're right, the Brienne/Hound battle wasn't in the books.

  • Lanaaaaaaaaaaa!

    Not even remotely in the books. That being said, it was pretty bad ass and gave the Hound a much better death IMO.

  • Phil

    It's always worth noting that it's only a death scene if you see them dying.

  • John G.

    Oh, you think that was a death scene?

  • lonolove

    Death? What death? YOU SPEAK LIES! *sticks fingers in ears* La la la la *denial dance*

  • Jon

    Watched last night's finale with a group of friends. We didn't even watch the "Previously on" segment just so that those who hadn't read the books would be all the more surprised by the twists and turns (e.g., Stannis arriving finally, Arya using the coin).

  • JJ

    Don't worry! EW made an update to the last and most obvious spoiler on their home page, because the author realized hours later that it was too obvious.

    The revised title is "'Thrones': Lady Stoneheart verdict (book spoiler)." Directly next to a thumbnail picture of Michelle Fairley...


  • BlackRabbit

    I assumed Arya had just climbed onto a ship to watch the Hound/Brianne fight.

  • I think they're all fair except the LS one. Sadly, this is the internet. And if you don't watch huge episodes the night they air, you're pretty much toast.

  • JoannaRobinson

    The LSH one chapped my hide last night.

  • This is what happens when you pay people with prestige.

  • Bert_McGurt

    Well she's not going to have nearly the impact now that she would have last night. Shame.

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