A game of spoilers
Vir Sanghvi had a valid point in his article Why GOT shouldn’t have lied to its fans ( May 20). HBO’S top series has been in the limelight since it began and, while I understand this is all part of the hype, it has now become irksome for ardent fans. This is because of the way the show is packaged. Even those who have never heard of Game of Thrones know any character can be killed anytime — and this adds to the shock value and suspense of the show. Unfortunately, this has also given rise to spoilers. One would think that in a show filled with shocking plot twists, media organisations would respect audiences’ wish to watch it without being badgered by spoilers. But go online just one day after an episode, and you are sure to see something on your screen about the events of the previous episode — and, sadly, this is done by reputed news organisations to improve their ratings. It is almost like they believe all GOT fans have nothing to do but wait for episodes to release. The same arrogance can be seen in GOT producers who refused to admit anything about Jon Snow’s fate in the new season — despite audiences being spot on. As Vir Sanghvi said, it was all about staying in the news. But if a show has to use such techniques, that doesn’t say much for it at all.
Mariam Anwer, Abu Dhabi