On June 10, I was on The Post’s Web site trying to find something interesting to read while I ate my breakfast. I do this every day. On this particular day, I was enjoying a favorite breakfast that I only get to eat on special occasions: an everything bagel with jalapeño cream cheese. Both the bagel and schmear were from New York, where I spent the weekend to celebrate my grandfather’s 86th birthday.
But halfway down the homepage, I saw the headline “Spoiler Alert — They All Die” with a picture from “Game of Thrones.” This referred to the “Game of Thrones” episode from the previous night, which I was not able to see because I was driving back from said birthday party, and because I prefer to watch two episodes at a time. I was looking forward to watching the episodes that night after work. Not. Cool. What editor thought this headline was a good idea? If I read “spoiler alert,” I know to look away, but you can’t miss the spoiler when it’s right there in the headline. It’s not like I was searching the entertainment section.
It would be helpful to publish in the newspaper a rule that is common knowledge among millennials: You can talk freely about a show no sooner than 14 days after the show has aired — unless it is established that everyone in the discussion is up to speed. It’s 2013, dudes; people don’t watch programs at their scheduled times, and they like to binge.
I’m not asking The Post to abstain from reviewing the show the next day, but this was just careless. Not only did The Post ruin my planned evening of watching “Game of Thrones,” but in my effort to un-see what I saw, I dropped my jalapeño cream cheese bagel on the floor.
Andrew Hartman, Washington