‘Game of Thrones’ fans shun spoil­ers from HBO hack

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT - BY FRA­ZIER MOORE

For many “Game of Thrones’’ fans, the rou­tine spoil­ers are bad enough: You miss an episode, then stum­ble on an un­sought plot twist be­fore you’ve had a chance to catch up.

Worse than that is the threat of leaked de­tails, or even a whole episode, by hack­ers cur­rently tar­get­ing HBO and its most doted-on se­ries.

“It’s the worst news since the Red Wed­ding,’’ says Camden Wicker, a self-pro­fessed “GOT’’ su­per­fan in San Diego.

But the news isn’t all bad. De­spite re­cent script leaks and an episode pre­ma­turely put on­line by In­dian pay-TV, Sun­day’s “GOT’’ air­ing was the se­ries’ most-watched ever, seen by 10.2 mil­lion view­ers.

Wicker was one of them. When “GOT’’ —time ar­rives each Sun­day, “the phones are off,’’ he says, as he and his flat­mates hud­dle in the front of the screen. Af­ter­ward, they talk about the episode. Maybe watch it all over again.

“It’s a ca­ma­raderie,’’ says Wicker.

Hacks and leaks can un­der­mine that ca­ma­raderie.

“Just when I thought White Walk­ers were the big­gest threat,’’ he says, “this goes and hap­pens.’’

The phone isn’t off for Adiya Tay­lor of New York.

For her, a big part of watch­ing “GOT’’ is the col­lec­tive ex­pe­ri­ence, which for her in­cludes live-tweet­ing dur­ing the hour, then check­ing Twitter af­ter­ward for a group post­mortem.

“Be­tween tweets, the mes­sages in my work Slack group and the ar­ti­cles on­line the next day, watch­ing at 9 p.m. on Sun­day is a lot more fun than watch­ing early for the sake of get­ting it first,’’ she says.

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