AMC is apologizing to fans of its hit zombie series “The Walking Dead” after the cable channel posted a spoiler about Sunday’s midseason finale right after the show’s East Coast airing — before the program ran on the West Coast.
E! News reports that the cable channel put up “a pretty serious spoiler that definitely could not be left up to interpretation.”
For the sake of the time shifters out there, we’ll stop short of revealing just what the spoiler was — but you can click on the link in the previous paragraph to find out.
“The post was taken down, and then reposted after the West Coast airing, while anyone outside of the U.S. still hadn’t had an opportunity to see the episode,” the report notes. “Some fans responded with simple comments like ‘Spoiler. Thanks.’ Others got a little more creative with their language, and many posted memes incorporating characters from the show or even characters from other shows and movies. Needless to say, people weren’t happy.”
AMC responded to the complaints with a post that said in part: “We heard your feedback to last night’s post, and we’re sorry. With zero negative intent, we jumped the gun and put up a spoiler. Please know we’re going to work to ensure that, in the future, possible spoilers by official AMC social feeds are killed before they can infect, certainly before the West Coast (U.S.) broadcast of The Walking Dead.”
The E! News report adds: “Of course, since it’s the Internet, the apology sparked even more outrage from the people who didn’t think a Facebook page for a TV show should have to apologize for spoiling said TV show, and from people who were annoyed at the ‘crybabies’ who were upset about being spoiled.”
As we reported earlier, the episode delivered the highest viewer total for a winter finale in the show’s history.