Lately I’ve noticed a higher-than-usual level of bitching and moaning about people having TV shows spoiled for them, either accidentally, or because the other party didn’t give enough of a shit to ask first where people were with a particular story.
The Walking Dead is by no means special to this, it was simply one of the things I had heard people complain having spoiled for them, at a time when I was weeks behind the curve with it myself. Being Australian does make it difficult to keep up with muh stories.
To be frank though, normally I don’t give a single damn about someone spoiling a film or anything for me, and had no problem with those who felt a dire need to only have a story revealed to them by the medium in which it is intended. I sat through The Sixth Sense knowing exactly what the twist was, and to be frank in that case, I think I was better off for it. Took some of the pressure off. Conversely, if someone gets bent out of shape because someone told them how the latest season of Sons of Anarchy ends; and that someone wasn’t Kurt Sutter, and the medium was one other than TV (lets be frank, it was probably Twitter)… then I totally understand that too.
Where this all leads though, is that accidental or intentional spoilers to a story, or in fact the militant kneejerk reaction to their even possible arousal, sparks a worrying plague-like response I can only liken to that of that seen in The Walking Dead.