With the wait for the highly anticipated final and eighth season of 'Game of Thrones' (GoT) finally coming to an end, a new thing to be concerned about is unsolicited spoilers.
We can't blame the fans who have done their two years worth of waiting to finally witness how the action kicks off in this last installment of the now eight-year-long show. We get their excitement, the thrill of seeing our favorite character reunite, and some not so favorite ones get taken down. At the same time, a little self-restraint would go a long way in helping those who weren't the early ravens to catch the throne's chronicles.
Sure, those not privileged enough to catch the first episode of season 8 the moment it dropped, could always stay away from the internet, but again, that's neither practical nor feasible. So here are some legitimate pointers on how to stay away from having the treat of the first episode spoiled.
For starters, there are a couple of smartphone apps that you could download to keep them GoT spoilers away, and almost as if blessing the majority of the populace, these apps are supported by both Android and iOS. A certain app called Spoilers Blocker lets users customize a list of apps that they want to avoid getting spoilers from. Just choose the TV show and add some relevant keywords regarding the first episode, and voila: your unsolicited information regarding the topics will be blocked. Some good keywords to start off with would be the words game, thrones, Stark, followed by all the character and house names, and of course, the words dragons and white walkers!
Your second most loyal ally in keeping GoT spoilers at bay would be Google Chrome browser extensions. These extensions go beyond the browser and are effective for content filtration on Facebook and Twitter as well. One of the most faithful ones is Game of Spoils, a plugin that works for Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, and even Google News. The terms 'Game of Thrones' and others like Winterfell or 'Targaryen' are auto detected by the extension and then blocked out from your viewing categories. You can go back and unblock them too once you're ready for the spoilers!
The third best help would come from an extension called Unspoiler that blocks content based on headlines, tweets, and Facebook posts. From blocking headlines to allowing you to list websites that you wish to whitelist, this tool comes with a brilliant shortcut, that is typing 'unspoil <show name>' in Chrome’s address bar. Other ways 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!