Show: Game of Thrones (HBO)
The reason that the Red Wedding isn't the most unforgivable spoiler in recent memory is that you should have seen it coming. What did Robb (Richard Madden) do all season? He disobeyed his mom, banged a hot chick, walked around, and then went to a wedding: not exactly vital plot material. Samwell freaking Tarley (John Freaking Bradley) accomplished more than that with the weird incest lady in the frozen tundra. Oh, and Robb crossed the most evil looking dude this side of the wall. You should have seen this coming.
In all seriousness, the Red Wedding might actually be enough to change the way we deal with spoilers. There was a fair amount of spoiler soul searching after the episode as teenage inventor Jenni Lamere's spoiler blocker, Twivo, went viral all over again and spoiler think pieces abounded. Perhaps it was the intense amount of death involved in the event. Maybe it was that Twitter reaches more people now than ever before. Maybe it was because Robb Stark (Richard Madden) was hot. Whatever the reason for our national outrage following the Red Wedding, the anger was palpable for nearly a week after the "The Rains of Castamere" came to a crimson end.
We don't need to tell you who died. We're pretty sure that everyone on the Internet was either spoiled or doing spoiling. The Red Wedding brought up more interesting questions outside the world of the show. With the Internet moving into our eyewear and social media becoming as essential a part of life as breathing or eating, what is the future of spoilers? The rise of serialization in television has largely coincided with the rise of the Internet. One potential reason for this is that cliffhangers alone are not enough in the age of spoiling. With the constant, seemingly random death on Game of Thrones we seem to be taking another step forward in television history: the show helps us feel something again. As we consume so much advance information about our favorite shows, and even this kind of storytelling is no longer satisfying, will we continue to seek new ways to be surprised in a world where we know more and more in advance? Or, will we eventually leave behind the idea of spoilers, and enjoy our favorite stories even though we are virtually guaranteed to know the plot before we sit down to watch?