Thanks to the Internet's obsession with spoiling every movie/show/game months before they debut, big-budget productions operate with Manhattan-Project-level secrecy. They keep scripts in locked rooms surrounded by layers of security, and even use secret electronic watermarks to track down the sources of leaks and presumably murder them in their sleep.
That's why it's bizarre to see how, after all that trouble, the studios will sometimes turn around and spoil that shit anyway. Like when ...
The Walking Dead's Facebook Page Spoiled Beth's Death For The West Coast
Seeing as how witnessing characters getting killed off without notice is the primary appeal of watching The Walking Dead (it's right there in the title!), you'd think AMC would be a little more careful about premature spoilers. Yet we've previously talked about how a DVD promo advertised "Shane's last episode" weeks before that episode actually aired. And much like the show's characters, no one learned any lessons from that mistake.
This time, it was with the young Beth Greene, who's introduced in season two and survives all sorts of bullshit in seasons three and four, just to get anticlimactically killed off in season five when she learns that stabbing an angry, gun-toting woman in the shoulder with tiny scissors is a bad apocalypse survival strategy. As soon as the episode aired, Walking Dead mourned its dead the only way people know how in the 21st Century: with a needlessly filtered Instagram photo.
"We'll never forget you or your ridiculously large belt."
That would have been fine if whatever intern is in charge of The Walking Dead's Facebook page understood the concept of time zones. The show aired on the East Coast two hours before it reached the West (one hour before central), and that touching tribute was uploaded immediately after the credits rolled. So all those Californians who idly checked their Facebook feed while waiting for the episode to reach them had it spoiled. They responded with their own photos and impact font: