I was wrong. It's been settled. Guys, I just got off the phone with George R. R. Martin... You know, the author of Game of Thrones? He said basically if he could do it all over again, he would have just screened the show to five people and have them reveal his story in their social media feeds. He even went on to say that even with the "big budget for the production and months and years of hard work, blah blah blah" you'd think that he and the producers "would want the viewers... NO... the public at large" (yeah, he corrected himself and removed the word viewers) to discover the twists and turns as the show itself unfolds, with beautiful sets and costumes and visual effects and incredible performances by a very talented cast, but Martin said, "No, I am a firm believer in social media as the vehicle for revealing the cinematic culmination of what will probably be the thing I am most remembered for, and you should just ruin it for people and post it... Pictures, quotes, whatever even if you're on the East Coast and the West Coast hasn't had a chance to see it yet. Don't even bother asking your colleagues at your stupid office job whether they had seen it yet, remember how we all used to do that? We would check to see before ruining it? What naive little shits we all were back then. Don't even bother with a spoiler warning even. The are NO SUCH THINGS as spoilers. Put that last bit in caps, or bold or something, if you blog about it, okay? There's mostly just assholes, like you and me and probably your friends, I'm guessing. They deserve nothing. But I digress. Just put a screen shot on Instagram or three, and OH! Be sure to tag it so you can lengthen your social media reach. It's really everyone else's responsibility to avoid YOU... You don't owe it to your friends or acquaintances or anyone really to make sure they are afforded the same level of enjoyment as you just had. I guess I am just bitter that not EVERYONE read the novels, so I thought an expensive TV show would be a way to bring them in and get them to buy more books, but it wasn't enough. Now go see where your parents have hidden all of your presents, and get back to eating chocolate chip cookies and nutella for breakfast again. It's all for you. Yes, you. No regrets, okay?! Great talking to you. If you've learned anything about Game of Thrones, don't get too attached to anyone you like. It's high time you learn to do that in your real life too, so post those spoilers! Take care!"
Honestly, I wasn't expecting him to be so blunt. And I have read the damn book already. But I hadn't SEEN it. Until of course I SAW it on Instagram.