Some people like spoilers and seek them out. I am not one of those people. As a mom, who often doesn't get to watch important episodes of things until several days later, I often have to self-impose media blackouts to try to keep from finding out what happened on whatever show I happen to be watching. Sometimes I get spoiler-ed anyway by pitches or post-episode think pieces I have to edit for this site.
But no spoiling probably compares to the most recent spoiler tragedy of 2015, in which I was screwed over by my DVR and my air conditioner, two appliances who had previously brought me nothing but joy and contentment.
AGAIN, I AM ABOUT TO TALK ABOUT WHAT HAPPENS IN THE GAME OF THRONES FINALE EPISODE, SO IF YOU HAVEN'T WATCHED IT YET, NOW'S YOUR CHANCE TO LEAVE. And also, why the fuck haven't you watched it yet? It's been like a week now.
Basically, I was happily watching the season finale and treating myself to a pint of Ben and Jerry's ice cream, as is my Game of Thrones custom, when all of a sudden, my air conditioner blew a fuse, thus turning off my DVR and stopping the recording I was watching. Of course, it takes forever to restart a DVR box, so I sat there silently panicking until my boyfriend (who was convalescing at my apartment) pulled the episode up on HBO GO.
No big deal, we thought. We'll just keep watching on the big screen until the picture goes out and then we'll switch to the HBO Go version. WHAT FOOLS WE WERE.
So there we sat, watching Cersei take her public walk of shame and get penises wagged at her and such, when all of a sudden our recording flashed forward the 8 minutes or so we'd been without power and we found ourselves witnessing a contextless Jon Snow getting stabbed directly in the stomach by that Wildings-hating kid.
And the "Noooooooooooooo!!!!!!!" was heard around the world.
We went back on HBO Go and watched the ending properly but the thrill was gone. We had had the big "shocking" ending death ruined for us by my own beloved DVR. If the recording had started a minute earlier, we would have been fine. But instead we were left pulling at our hair going "Why did this happen to us?!?"
Can you top my great spoiler tragedy of 2015? Have you ever tried really hard to avoid spoilers, only to get one sprung on you somewhere unexpected? Have you ever had a DVR TURN ON YOU LIKE A VENGEFUL EX-BOYFRIEND? Let's talk getting spoiled and our never-healed bitterness in the comments.