On Sunday nights, I, like many other devoted fans, go into a social media free bubble until I get the chance to watch the new episode of Game of Thrones. That bubble is my safeguard against spoilers, but a new Game of Thrones spoiler app is threatening to make avoiding spoilers impossible. If you have crossed a friend, co-worker, or ex Red Wedding style (by which I mean spoiling Game of Thrones for them, not murdering their family after inviting them over for dinner), then watch your back. Like a Lannister, a Game of Thrones fan always pays their debts and they could get even with you via an anonymous, spoiler filled text message.
This is a deed so dastardly only Ramsay Bolton himself would consider carry it out. With spoiled.io all you have to do is entire the phone number of your sworn enemy (and pay a small fee of $0.99) to send them an anonymous barrage of Game of Thrones spoilers. The idea was born when a Reddit user posted the story of his ex-girlfriend sending Game of Thrones spoilers to him every Monday morning after he cheated on her. Her genius retaliation led to spoiled.io which not only spoils the show for your enemies, but will tweet their indignant reactions for all the world to see.
Somewhere Ramsay is laughing maniacally right now.
To quote Spider-Man's Uncle Ben, with great power, comes great responsibility. Game of Thrones is a certified phenomenon, and people are passionate about the show's characters and storylines. Some people are totally OK with spoilers, and even seek them out to soften the blow of the inevitable death of their favorite characters or fall of their favorite House. However, just as many people take being spoiled about as well as Cersei takes being ordered to faced the High Sparrow.
Just because you can spoil your friends, family, and sworn enemies under the cloak of anonymity does not mean you should. While seeing their outrage may be entertaining in the short run, you could end up feeling less like Dany burning the Dothraki patriarchy to the ground than you are imagining. In other words, winter is coming and Game of Thrones fans need to stick together, not pull each other apart with intentional surprise spoilers.
To be fair, a spoiler is far from the worst thing that can happen to someone. As much as everyone loves Game of Thrones , it is a television series that will be enjoyable whether you are privy to Hodor's fate or not. Still, spoil responsibly because while the new spoiler app is anonymous there is still a possibility your target will figure out who ruined their favorite show for them and retaliate in kind. The next thing you know, your friends are split into competing camps and you have a real life game of thrones on your hands with less arrows and more tweets about Jon Snow's parentage.
In conclusion, don't be a Ramsay, guys. Friends don't send friends surprise Game of Thrones spoilers.
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