How to Discuss a TV Show When you Haven't seen All the Episodes

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Reader Comments (33)

I don't get it.

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September 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAdam

I used to work with a guy who would constantly complain about spoilers. He would practically cry if you talked about anything that happened on his "favorite" shows. He would also refuse to watch his shows until he could get the entire season on DVD. From his point of view, no one should be allowed to discuss anything until about a year after it happened. This is why I established my one week policy. If you can't be bothered to watch a show within a week of it's airing I can't be bothered to care if I ruin it for you. I extend this to one month for new movies.

September 18, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterwumpus

you totally ruined the DA episodes I have yet to view on my DVR, it was a mistake to read this today

September 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDave in DSM

Best mashup in a long time. Thanks!

September 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPierce

Well, as I've been in Spain for the past three months and haven't seen either show, I'm going to pretend I didn't read this.

September 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEric

I'm just glad Starbuck isn't a cylon.

September 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRick

Funny! I don't mind spoilers.

September 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKristina L

I've only seen one of these two, which I think is probably the ideal state for reading this.

September 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick

I'm so glad I don't care about spoilers. Hell, sometimes I research shows before I start watching. Because I'm strange.

September 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPaige

The first panel is a little blurry.
I can't tell if that is a body lying on a bed in the background, or just junk laying on Scott's desk in the foreground.
Since I can only see the "legs" of the body, and the image actually upstages part of a speech balloon, I'm going with desk junk.

September 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterConfused

But... (REDACTED)

Note from Scott: Let the record show that this comment did contain a valid issue, which I have not shared because it did contain a bit of a spoiler. To Fafner: Yes, I did see the vague parallel there, which I thought would be a nice little inside joke for those who have watched both shows.

September 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFafner

This combination of shows worked a lot better than I would have thought. Now I'd like to see a similar mashup of Mad Men and Doctor Who.

September 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

That was awesome. I read Game of Thrones (haven't seen the show), and I watched Downton Abbey with my wife. Mixing them up like that was hilarious.

September 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

I have never even heard the words "Downton Abbey" :s

September 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterM

Curse you Scott Meyer (no, not really), I have a nagging feeling that by only just starting to watch GoT that I have missed several jokes... I feel like when I was reading Soul Music and Moving Pictures by Terry Pratchett and trying to decipher the various popular culture references. I got "The Surreptitious Fabric" but how many did I miss?

September 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMike Geordie Brown

Game of thrones comes pre-spoiled for me, because I read.

September 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCzernobog

Travel Tip: Don't buy a tribble from a spacefaring vagabond.

...oops, sorry: Spoiler alert!

September 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Walters

The comic is hilarious, and the people in the comments who don't seem to get the point and are reacting to the word "spoiler" are also hilarious.

September 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMeekrat

"Spoilers" only exist for people not clever enough to see where the plot is headed.

September 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterThe Chosen One

@czernobog - you mean you don't spoil it for people who haven't read the books? That's half the fun of being literate!

September 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterResuna

Since you're opposed to spoilers, we won't tell you how the "election" in November turns out.

Let's just say you're going to be very disappointed.

September 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterThe Stonecutters

The extent to which any novel made into a television series may always already be said to be "spoiled" is left as an exercise to the reader...

September 19, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkhereva

Having only seen a few episodes of GoT (didn't like the story, and I can find better pron online) and having endured a few episodes of Downton Abbey with my wife, I have to say that this was the best mashup ever. Sadly, I even understand what parts of GoT you refer to. And yes, Mr. Bates is by far the most sympathetic character, which is one of the reasons why I stopped watching GoT.

September 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterThatJeff

I don't watch either show. Spoil away.

September 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKGL

Reminds me of my favorite all time mashup, the Chessbridge game column by mathNews/Greg Taylor:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/sbwoodside/8003645758/

September 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSi Guy

I've only read the Game Of Thrones books, and never seen Downton Abbey,
but I somehow know every scene that was described here!

September 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEaglesQuestions

Now I will never get the image of Mr. Bates bludgeoning someone to death with a shield out of my head. Well played, sir. Well played.

September 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRebekah

I'm fairly sure I've never been as confused after reading a BI as now. Though that's probably because I've never seen either of these shows...

September 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJoris

Well, I don't know how much of spoilers this is when most of it is from the 1st season, and they're going to start the 3rd season in a few months.

September 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJoshua

I am the guy that would ruin Christmas if I could "You are getting socks, just like last year!". If I find out your favorite show or movie, and you come to my office without having watched your show or movie, I will, intentionally spoil it for you.

Come heavy, or don't come at all.- Uncle Junior.

September 19, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterw.r.printz

Grantham wasn't a real lord.
A lord cannot be killed by soup.

Note from Scott: EXACTLY!!

September 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChris

http://chzsomuchpun.files.wordpress.com/2010/08/3d5bb657-d0c6-4ed7-9618-4012eeff560e.jpg

September 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDevilBunnies

I beg to differ, Chris. I'm currently going through The History of the Ancient World (you know, a bit of light reading when I'm bored) and discovered that an ancient Assyrian king was killed in just that manner--someone had poisoned his soup. Seems kind of....anti-climatic somehow.

September 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterThatJeff

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