This 'Game of Thrones' anti-spoiler campaign kit by Swedish streaming network is the best friend you need this season
Spoilers are a nuisance and fans of 'Game of Thrones' who haven't been able to catch season 8 premiere are doing their best to keep unsolicited crucial developments from episode 1 of the HBO show at bay.
While social media's notorious affinity for spoilers can be avoided by blocking and muting certain keywords, a Swedish streaming network just took the ultimate step to ensure that spoilers don't reach viewers who don't want to be hit by a tidal wave of revelations.
Streaming network Telia Play has now started a campaign that comes as a customized 'Game of Thrones Anti Spoiler' kit to weed out all the unnecessary spoilers using badges and pins to let people around you know what season 8 episode you're currently on.
"Each brand is numbered after the sections in season 8," reveals the official website, adding: "Wear the mark on your jacket or shirt to show everyone in your vicinity where, in the series you are, so everyone knows what they can, or can not, say."
Come to think of it, the idea sounds like a brilliant campaign without having to actually vocalize your disinterest in knowing about developments from the show, that you aren't keen on. These badges and pins come with the episode number written in big white letters, along with the official 'Game of Thrones' logo underneath to signify how far in the show you have reached. So say if you've seen only episode 1, the ideal pin for you would look something like the image below.
Samuel Garlöv, associated with the campaign, shared the idea behind the initiative with MEA WorldWide (MEAWW), stressing on the very important fact that not everybody sees the episode at the same time.
"Telia Play and HBO Nordic have collaborated and created an Anti Spoiler-kit with pins marked for each of the final six episodes," Garlöv told us, before adding where exactly to look for these brilliantly minimalistic pins.
"Fans can get the pins for free in Telia stores, or online, and are encouraged to wear them in order to let friends, coworkers, and classmates know what episode they have seen so everyone knows what they can say, or can’t say, about the final season."
Swedish fans are seemingly sorted with this campaign, but for non-Swedish fans - ways to keep spoilers at bay would be to mute keywords on Twitter and unfollow posts on Facebook beforehand if you know those pages or groups/users are most likely to shove spoilers down your feed on the website.
But if all fails, there's always the ever so painful way of an internet detox - that is by staying offline all day until you've finally had the time to see the episode in its entirety.