Advance Non-Spoiler Notice Regarding Tonight’s Episode of Game of Thrones

· Films & Video Games

Attention all fellow enthusiasts of HBO’s adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series.

If you do not have HBO and will be watching tonight’s episode of Game of Thrones some other way (a friend’s HBO-GO, internet stream, torrents, etc.) – in other words, if you will be watching the show AFTER it has already aired live, please do yourself a favor and take extra precautions regarding your interaction with the Internet.

I’m not going to tell you what it is, but tonight’s episode is going to have something huge. Like REALLY huge.

A short explanation is warranted: Tonight’s episode features a major event that happened in the 3rd novel A Storm of Swords, which is the book that Season 3 has been depicting just over half of. Story-wise it is one of the most important and significant events that George R.R. Martin wrote into the series, making it absolutely essential and unavoidable.

It’s also super depressing. Like, Season 1 Episode 9: Baelor depressing.

So you obviously rest assured that the internet is going to have a calm, tepid, reasonable, and mellow reaction, right?

I wouldn’t risk it either. I’d expect to see a lot of Tweets and Facebook statuses that say, “HOLY FUCKING SHIT!!!” or “GOD DAMNIT, GAME OF THRONES WHHYYYYYYY!” or “I CAN’T BELIEVE THEY ACTUALLY (insert spoilers here).”

Having read the books thus far, I can assure you that I’m not likely to make this announcement again, unless an event like this happens in the future. That’s not to say that there aren’t other really crazy things that happen in the show, even crazily upsetting things. Trust me: there are plenty of those on their way.

But none of them are like this.

And for those of you like me who have read the books and thus know exactly what I’m talking about, please do us all a favor and don’t spoil it for everyone else. It’s not cool or endearing in the slightest. It just makes you an asshole.

Otherwise, I hope everyone enjoys tonight’s episode. Valar Morghulis!

– Vivek

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