A game of spoil­ers

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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

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