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Avoiding Breaking Bad Spoilers [No Spoilers]

Posted by tylerh1701, 16 September 2013 · 623 views

So I've recently started watching Breaking Bad on Netflix due to all the hype it has been getting lately since the final episodes are coming on. I'm currently through Season 4 Episode 4, and it's a pretty good show. Probably not quite worthy of all the praise it has been receiving, but still rather entertaining. I thought Season 1 was really slow, Seasons 2 and 3 picked up and were very good, but it seems like Season 4 is slowing back down again in my opinion.

Anyways, enough with the critique. The point of this post is that there's no fucking way I'll be able to avoid spoilers unless I choose to completely give up the internet. I don't have cable (and like I said I'm behind already) so I don't get to see the episodes the minute they air. I've already had one major Season 5 Part 2 event spoiled for me, and now I'm starting to have an idea of another one. People on the internet just need to shut the Fuck up about it.

Keep in mind, I'm not reading any of this on Breaking Bad discussion forums or even on reviews on episodes or discussion posts or anything! I'm actively not reading any of those things. I'm not Googling or Wikipedia'ing anything about Breaking Bad for fear of spoilers. And yet they continue to randomly pop up and it's infuriating.

Specifically, I ran into my first spoiler on the IGN comments section of a post about The Killing being canceled. Sure, that show and Breaking Bad are on the same channel, but that is the extent of their commonalities. I should be able to freely browse the comments of that post without having to worry about spoilers. And right now I just ran into another spoiler on a completely unrelated post in /r/WTF on Reddit. I would post a link to it, but that would be giving away the slightest hint of something that happened on the show, and I don't want to do that. (It wasn't some troll going around posting spoilers, which happens a lot on Reddit but quickly gets downvoted. Instead, this was some moron trying to make a dumb joke.)

So people, if you watch Breaking Bad, please feel free to discuss it on all the various discussion forums around the internet. But again, I ask you to shut the Fuck up about it if you are not on some sort of Breaking Bad discussion board. I don't care how much or little you reveal, how much of an inside joke is involved, or how much you think it's not a spoiler. I'm pretty smart, I can pick up on innuendo, and I'm familiar enough with the show to at least have an idea of what you're talking about.

Like I said, I don't have cable and haven't had it for a long time. I don't really even get interested in a show until it's been on for a few years. I can't be the only one out here in this internet age that watches TV shows in this fashion. I shouldn't be punished for not being able to keep up on TV shows 100% of the time, especially when I'm doing my absolute best to avoid spoilers about the show. This isn't the first time I've had MAJOR plot points revealed in shows that I like:





As you can see, since the CAG blogs are NOT the proper place to discuss anything about the Sopranos or Mad Men, I have properly hidden and labeled those spoilers so that I don't ruin the experience for others who may be interested in watching the shows.




I was watching Sons of Anarchy Season 5 last week and I accidentally spoiled something major RIGHT before the episode that it took place in without realizing it all because I felt like taking a break and Googling how the person used to look when the show started vs. what they looked like now, 5 years later.

I definitely know that feel. I rarely get to shows at the same time as the masses (for many of the same reasons as you, ie. no cable), and it's incredibly frustrating to have monumental moments casually thrown into unrelated conversations. I get people like to talk about the shows they like, but at least have the cortousy to wake a decent while before blabbing it where I can see it. And it's not just shows but movies and games as well, which are arguably even more annoying. Off the top of my head I've had spoiled:

 

The Walking Dead

Doctor Who

Lost

Arkham City

Portal 2

Shutter Island

Game of Thrones

LA Noire

*enormous other titles I can't remember since spoilers made them unmemorable*

 

I'm sure a lot of people look at stuff like this as complaining and are probably thinking along the lines of "well if you don't want it spoiled just watch/play it sooner" and that's all well and good, but with limited time there's only so much one can reasonably take in. I don't know where I'm going with this anymore, but basically I completely agree and would appreciate others understanding when it comes to spoilers. That tags there for a reason!

I was watching Sons of Anarchy Season 5 last week and I accidentally spoiled something major RIGHT before the episode that it took place in without realizing it all because I felt like taking a break and Googling how the person used to look when the show started vs. what they looked like now, 5 years later.

 

Yeah, I've done that to myself before in both movies and games, and I always get pissed at myself for it.  Trust me, I've wanted to Google and Wikipedia a ton of things about Breaking Bad, but more than likely I'll run into huge plot spoilers by doing that, so I have to wait until I wrap up the show before I do any of that.

 

I definitely know that feel. I rarely get to shows at the same time as the masses (for many of the same reasons as you, ie. no cable), and it's incredibly frustrating to have monumental moments casually thrown into unrelated conversations. I get people like to talk about the shows they like, but at least have the cortousy to wake a decent while before blabbing it where I can see it. And it's not just shows but movies and games as well, which are arguably even more annoying. Off the top of my head I've had spoiled:

 

The Walking Dead

Doctor Who

Lost

Arkham City

Portal 2

Shutter Island

Game of Thrones

LA Noire

*enormous other titles I can't remember since spoilers made them unmemorable*

 

I'm sure a lot of people look at stuff like this as complaining and are probably thinking along the lines of "well if you don't want it spoiled just watch/play it sooner" and that's all well and good, but with limited time there's only so much one can reasonably take in. I don't know where I'm going with this anymore, but basically I completely agree and would appreciate others understanding when it comes to spoilers. That tags there for a reason!

 

I 100% agree with you.  Between games, movies, and TV shows, there's not enough time in the day to keep up with everything you're interested in all the time.  Something has to be thrown on the backburner for later.  I'll eventually get to it, but not right away.  People need to assume this and need to give some type of warning before mentioning anything about a semi-new TV show, movie, or game.  I always ask my friends if their up to date on the latest episodes before I discuss anything about it.

I know exactly how you feel about Breaking Bad and people spoiling it. The worst is when you are watching it on a bus and a random person sits next to you and spoils the rest of the episode. :shakesfist:

I know exactly how you feel about Breaking Bad and people spoiling it. The worst is when you are watching it on a bus and a random person sits next to you and spoils the rest of the episode. :shakesfist:

 

Ouch that would suck.

I didn't even know the show was popular until season 4. I thought it got cancelled until I saw it on Netflix with a few more seasons that I thought it had. Started asking around and turned out people really like it.

 

I agree that it gets too much praise. There's only about 5 minutes of anything worth watching per episode. The rest feels like filler.