With people delaying viewing of TV shows more than ever, a trend has emerged in which fans avoid social media channels during and immediately following the airing of key episodes of their favourite shows until they have time to catch said episodes.
One of the safer bets for these people has been to stick to the official social media channels of their shows as those who run them are usually aware of the situation and avoid spoilers.
This weekend though, in something of a social media faux pas, the PR team for AMC’s “The Walking Dead” posted a picture on Facebook with a caption that gives away the shocking ending to this year’s mid-season finale. Said photo wasn’t hidden with a ‘click to reveal’ style safety option and warning, instead the revealing pic popped up in numerous social media feeds.
What made this an even bigger problem was that the picture went online several hours before the episode went to air on the U.S. west coast. Ultimately someone took the photo down after just over an hour of it being online. Nevertheless the damage was done.
For those not worried about spoilers, AMC has also unveiled the trailer for the second half of the fifth season which commences in February.
Finally, creator Robert Kirkman used the series’ post-episode talk show “Talking Dead” to clear up one piece of speculation regarding all that fuss over the sexuality of Norman Reedus’ Daryl Dixon character and sets the record (and the character) straight it would seem:
“We play Daryl Dixon as being somewhat asexual on the show. I think that he is a very introverted character. I think that’s some of his appeal. I do have to clear something up though. In The Walking Dead letters column in the old comic book that I do, there was a question that made me mention that there was a possibility early on about making Daryl Dixon’s character gay and it caused quite a hubbub online. I just wanted to make it clear that I was saying the possibility is there. I would’ve been fine with it, the network would’ve been fine with it. But we ultimately didn’t do that. I can make it official, Daryl Dixon is actually straight.”