Winter has come. Finally. If you’re a Game of Thrones fan, the wait between the end of Season 5 and the premiere of Season 6 was a long one. Now that the hit HBO show has caught up with George R.R. Martin’s books, there’s been nowhere to look for answers to some of the series’ biggest questions.
More than ever before, the pressure is on for fans to stay up-to-date with the show. From your chatty office lunchroom to the noisy line at your local Starbucks, it will be hard to avoid spoilers big and small.
Unfortunately, in Canada, the options for keeping up with the Thrones are more limited than for our neighbours to the south. HBO Now, an online subscription service similar to Netflix, isn’t available in Canada. That leaves a single option: tacking HBO Canada on to your cable subscription.
If you’re one of the growing number cable cord-cutters in this country, that means trying to stay spoiler-free until the season is released on Blu-ray or through a variety of On Demand services, such as iTunes, Google Play, Xbox and PlayStation.
This is no easy feat but it can be done with a bit of ingenuity. Since the web is where you’ll accidentally stumble across most Game of Thrones news, start by the spoiler-proofing of your Chrome web browser with a free extension like Spoiler Shield or Game of Spoils.
If you’re a regular Twitter user, try using an app like Tweetbot on your phone or Tweetdeck on your computer. Each one lets you filter out and block custom keywords, such as “Game of Thrones” or “Jon Snow” from your timeline. For Facebook, an app called Social Fixer offers similar filtering options.
And when you’re out and about in the real world, make like a Lannister and trust no one. A spoiler in the back can come from anyone at anytime. Keep your ears pricked and your wits sharp. Definitely avoid weddings.