There's a strange twist that's playing out on our timelines on Facebook and Twitter right now, and it has to do with Game of Thrones. HBO's super-popular show is back, and along with it, there are a huge number of spoilers on Facebook and Twitter.
If you care about that kind of thing, the only sure-shot way to watch the story without spoilers would be to get up early on Monday morning (if you're in India) and watch Game of Thrones Season 6 online; or just tune into it on HBO if you're in the US. If that's not possible for you, we've got a small guide on how to avoid Game of Thrones spoilers online.
Even if you don't personally mind spoilers, these do affect the way stories are being told today, and excessive spoilers are frankly getting in the way of letting people enjoy their shows and movies. But that's not all - as many reading this already know, HBO's Game of Thrones has overtaken the books in terms of story timeline and everything on the show right now is basically a spoiler for future A Song of Ice and Fire books.
Some book fans have decided to skip the show to get to the books unspoilt, and though we're leaning in the opposite direction, there's something very interesting about the spoilers on social media these days.
Earlier, people who read the books knew what was coming, knew when the big events would happen, and for the most part, we kept shut. Sure, book readers who knew the Red Wedding was coming did stuff like put up cameras to capture friends' reactions, but for the most part, book readers kept the spoilers down. Despite that, the few times when you'd let slip about some minor upcoming events from the plot (and since we often wrote about the contrast between the books and the show, this came up a lot) were times when the show fans would line up to boo and hiss the horrible book snobs who were ruining the show for everyone.
However, if you're a book fan who chose to skip the show because you don't want your reading experience spoiled... good luck because no one apparently seems to care. Spoilers are apparently horrible, terrible things that only a Frey would indulge in - when they're coming from the books. When it's the show spoiling the books though, it's no big deal, apparently.
Get onto Twitter and Facebook and the spoilers are all over the place and it's not the small stuff either. If you hinted about Jon Snow's fate in Season 5, people would go ballistic - but looking at social media right now, people aren't being particularly shy about discussing what happened to Jon in Season 6.
It's almost as if the spoilers themselves aren't what mattered - just who shares them.