On 'Game of Thrones,' Shocking Carnage Proves the Internet Has Manners

Catelyn and Walder in "Game of Thrones" Photograph by Helen Sloan/HBO

As the wedding band played, Sunday night’s Game of Thrones audience was neatly divided into two groups: readers of the original novels who knew exactly what was about to happen and those who only know the battles of Westeros through TV—which is to say, they had no idea. With the runaway popularity of the TV series (the premiere of its third season set an online-piracy record earlier this year), the most surprising plot twist of all may be the fact that the second group was so large. In the history of the internet, has a larger population of rabid know-it-alls ever been so good at keeping a secret?

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