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Game of Thrones: 5 foolproof ways to avoid spoilers

Winter is here and avoiding spoilers might be a problem.

By Jackie Bell

The new series of Game of Thrones is mere days away and for the next few weeks fans will have only one purpose in life - avoiding spoilers.

Each episode of the hit fantasy series will be simulcast with the US on Sky Atlantic every Monday morning at 2am before being aired again at 9pm that same evening.

This is great if you can watch in the wee hours of the morning, but some of us have jobs.

Mondays are about to get a whole lot worse  - so here are a few helpful tips to make sure your Game of Thrones experience isn't ruined.

1. Stay off social media

This is obviously the biggest rule when it comes to avoiding spoilers. People love to chat, share their thoughts and ruin it for everyone else. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr - nowhere is safe.

If you do decide to be a maverick and venture on to Twitter, do so at your own risk, but try to avoid the obvious hashtags eg #GameofThrones, #GOT, #WinterIsHere, #WhyDoIDoThisToMyself

You can also mute certain words from your newsfeed - you are strongly advised to take this precaution.

2. Avoid everyone

Simple but effective. You might have to go to work but that doesn't mean you have to speak to people.

Avoid eye contact and seemingly harmless chit chat - this is where you could slip up and before you know it Brenda from marketing has told you the biggest spoiler Game of Thrones has ever seen and now your life is ruined.

Cheers Brenda.

3. Wear headphones and block out the world

Listening to some tunes while you work has two benefits - one, no one will annoy you for the whole day and two, you can drown out everyone else's conversation.

No doubt they are talking about Game of Thrones and not giving a thought about others in the office who haven't watched it yet.

It's probably Brenda.

4. Wear a sign

If your job requires you to actually speak to people, we are sorry to hear that.

But simply wear a sign around your neck that lets everyone know in no uncertain terms that your don't want to talk about Game of Thrones and if they try to engage you in such conversation you will not be held responsible for your actions.

However while we do recommend strong words, try to make sure you don't end up in a meeting with HR.

5. Stay at home

If all else fails - stay at home, close the curtains, turn off your phone and don't answer your door.

This might seem a bit extreme but this is Game of Thrones and extreme measures are necessary.

Please note: Successful results are not guaranteed and we do not condone throwing a sickie if you are not in fact ill.

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