George R.R. Martin seems Pretty Chill regarding Game Of Thrones Spoilers

“Did you guys hear about the big thing that just happened on Game Of Thrones? OMG,

it’s so huge, I can’t believe what that lady did to that guy with that thing – and that the dragon watched the whole time! It was such a flawlessly-executed game-changer that

I can barely pick my jaw up off the floor!”

With Game Of Thrones nearing the halfway point of its fourth season on HBO, your Facebook and Twitter feeds have probably been crammed with variations on just this kind of thing for the last few weeks. For non-fans, it’s an annoyance. For followers, who might be a week or two behind with the show because, y’know, they have actual jobs and lives, it’s infuriating.

We live in an age where the only thing more fun than keeping up to

date with must-see TV shows is spoiling them incessantly on social media. Fans of Game Of Thrones can and do spoil the show online on a daily basis, especially ones who’ve read ahead in the books, and know what big twists are still to come.

Here’s a question, though – is it possible for Game Of Thrones the TV show to spoil things for readers of the books? A fan took to author George R.R. Martin‘s blog earlier this week, asking about certain key plot points turning up in the show before they happen on the page, and whether this means that readers will be spoiled for future installments of the novels.

Martin took the time to respond to the fan, in the form of a cryptic, free-verse poem on the topic of spoilers. He wrote:

“If something happens on the show before it happens in the book, I suppose one could call that a spoiler.

If something happens on the show, but happens very differently in the books, is that still a spoiler?

If something happens on the show, but never happens in books, what precisely was spoiled?

And how many children did Scarlett O’Hara have, anyway?”

That last line refers to the fact that the character of Scarlett O’Hara had three children in the novel Gone With The Wind, but only one in the movie. I might be reading way too much into this, but Martin’s response seems to be a roundabout way of saying “chill the fuck out nerds, books and TV are different mediums, m’kay?”

Not everyone was satisfied with that response. One fan later in the comments thread said that, following a certain key plot point a few weeks back, he is now on “high alert with every HBO episode” and may even “stop watching the series” until the next Thrones book comes out. I bet he won’t though, sucker.

FYI you guys, Ted Mosby marries The Khaleesi at the end. Oh, sorry, SPOILER ALERT.

via: Not A Blog
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