We've all been blindsided by spoilers, and sometimes there's not much you can do about it. Witness all the "Downton" fans who were hopping mad after accidentally learning of the sudden death of a beloved character (two characters, actually) in season 3.
But if you know you're currently missing a show that you plan to catch up on, especially if it's a season finale or other "very special" episode, surf with one eye open. Noticing a key word or two in a friend's post that warns of unfamiliar terrain can give you time to turn around and read elsewhere.
If you're a spoiler: Save details for the comments section.
We're mainly talking about Facebook here. Nobody blames you for wanting to talk about the "OMG THAT JUST HAPPENED!" moment. So how about something like this?:
"SCANDAL -- OMG that just happened !!! (Spoilers in comments)."
That way, your friends who are OMGing along with you can head to the comments and chatter away. (And, yes, we're declaring "OMG" a verb for now).
If you're a spoilee: Uh, don't read the comments.
Seriously. If you can't take that hint, you've kind of lost our sympathy here.
Take it elsewhere
If you're a spoiler: Create your own space to share
My pals Chris and Kathleen are funny. And they're fans of "The Walking Dead."
In what started mostly as an effort to crack each other up from across the room, they began posting snarky commentary, random observations and funny pictures to Facebook as they watched. Until, that is, they received the obligatory threats of physical harm from friends who hadn't yet watched the latest episode.
And, thus, was Chris & Kathleen's Walking Dead Commentary Page born.
You don't need a massive following to create your own page, or to start your own live blog dedicated to your favorite show.
Just go ahead and build that digital treehouse, then invite a few friends you know want to play and let it rip. Your slowpoke friends will thank you. As will, you know, what's her name. The blonde one.
If you're a spoilee: Stay away
If you've signed up for a blog like this, and have to miss an episode, don't forget to stay off it until the coast is clear.
Do you have tips for how to avoid spoilers, or how to chat about your favorite shows without ruining them for others? Let us know in the comments.