It’s happened to the best of us. You come home from a long
day at the office, looking forward to a nice hot meal, a glass of something to take the edge off, and an
episode of your favorite series, which—by the way—is supposed to be a doozy
according to the promos you’ve been seeing all week. As you gear up the DVR you
pop on your phone to check your emails or see what your friends are up to on
Facebook and Twitter. And then it happens. A friend/family member/news outlet
that has already seen the episode has gone and plastered a spoilery reaction
all over the Internet. Your night—not to mention show—has been ruined forever.
These past few weeks during November Sweeps it’s a story
that’s been told countless times. That terribly sad thing from “The Walking Dead” last Sunday for example. Or
Monday night’s bloody “Sleepy Hollow” midseason finale that wound up
with… well that other thing
happening. This is becoming a serious problem.
worst part is that it’s not like someone from the show or production leaked the
story. Or like a trigger-happy news outlet reported on the finale ahead of the
airdate (rumor has it the episode won’t even be released to press until the day
leak came from a pre-release of “The Sons of Anarchy: The Official
Collector’s Edition” that wasn’t supposed to be shipped until Dec. 10.
Unfortunately, there was some sort of a mix up and certain booksellers and
customers got their copies early. Apparently it’s chockfull of tragic spoilers
from Tuesday night’s series finale, so if you were wondering who might die, it
looks like there’s now a way to find out ahead of time. As for those
eager fans who may have flipped through the book’s pages in excitement at
getting their copy, well all we can say is that we’re sorry Tuesday night will
no longer be as special for you.
pointing a boney grim-reaper finger or calling out everybody and their mother
the way many fans are accustomed to seeing Sutter do when things go wrong, the
an apology blaming no one but himself for the pre-release. Or at least he
tried to. Before he got around to the actual self-responsibility part he may
have mentioned something about a basket full of heads and about a thousand other
people that he could blame.
been brought to my attention that our SOA Collector’s Edition Book has been
sent out a week early by some distributors and book outlets. This book contains
details about the final episode of the series. This, my friends is a
storyteller’s worst nightmare,” Sutter wrote. “It’s a smart,
well-conceived book that I was very excited for the fans to have. AFTER the
motherf—ing finale … It was my idea for the book, so ultimately, I am to
blame. So if you received a book, I apologize.”
also asked fans who do know about the ending not to share the “wrath or
pain or opinion” on social media until after the finale airs, noting that
it plays out better than it reads. Fat chance of that happening—it’s amazing
how much context fits into 140 characters or less nowadays. So how the hell do
we stay away from having our favorite shows ruined for us before we get a
chance to watch, week after week?
to be a question for the ages. Sadly, it doesn’t seem like there’s much to be
done, aside from installing
one of the many available apps or plug-ins. Maybe the answer is to just
stay away from social media altogether until you’ve caught up on your show. Or
you could take inspiration from Sutter’s social media past and just bomb the
offending parties with angry tweets. At least then you’ll have a cathartic
release — other than that aforementioned beverage.