Spoiler alert: spoilers are stranger things than they seem

How long should you wait before revealing spoilers about your favourite films and TV shows?

The fourth season of the Netflix original series Stranger Things was released on 27 May, 2022. By 28 May, Twitter was flooded with spoilers.

Some tweeters warned readers the spoiler was coming but some didn’t. After all, the available run of episodes was only seven hours long and if you hadn’t watched it by the morning following the release that was on you. But is that really justification? Or is this just Homer Simpson walking out of Empire Strikes Back?

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PhD candidate in cinema and screen studies based in Naarm. My current research area is revenge and justice in teen film, and I like to write about genre films, feminism and queer theory. I co-host a podcast called Pill Pop, an audio roadtrip for the chronically ill.