Sky Atlantic announces social media blackout to help 'Game of Thrones' fans avoid finale spoilers

Sky Atlantic announces social media blackout to help 'Game of Thrones' fans avoid finale spoilers

If you're a British fan of Game of Thrones, you've got a bit of a situation on your hands.

In the United States, the final episode ever of the show will air at a very reasonable 9pm, Eastern time.

But if you're over the pond, you have two options: stay up through the night and watch it in the early hours of Monday morning at 2am. Or, sleep through the night, go to work the next morning and get it all spoiled by your obnoxious colleague Matthew.  Or, if not Matthew, some complete stranger on social media whose eyes you want to claw out.

Witness the moment Daenerys ignored the bells of surrender:

Well, no one can really help you with the obnoxious colleague part - but Sky Atlantic is extending an olive branch for those terrified of spoilers by announcing a 24-hour social media blackout.

The British television channel, which is owned by Sky Limited, has called for Silence in the Realms from midnight tonight to try and save fans from seeing any finale plotlines before they're ready.

The announcement came today in a message on their Twitter page, which spoke of how Sky Atlantic wanted fans to "enjoy that moment in your own time".

Counting down the hours until the final episode? Check out this preview for the final episode of Game of Thrones:

"It has been an amazing ride over the last eight seasons," they wrote. "We have lived and loved every moment with you, but our watch will soon end. At 2am, the final ever episode airs. We know that not all of you stay up to watch live, and want you to enjoy that moment in your own time."

While Sky Atlantic is keeping silent, all other Sky branded channels will be posting as normal – but don't worry guys, they won't mention Game of Thrones either.

It comes after research showed that over half of British people (59 per cent, to be accurate) are concerned about the show's ending being ruined for them before they've had a chance to watch the last episode, with 69 per cent of people planning to avoid social media until they've seen it.

Relive the glorious moment Arya kills the Night King to save Bran: 

There is some bad news for those desperate to avoid spoilers though: While Sky Atlantic have helped non-American fans out a little by not posting on social media, that's certainly not to say everyone else will shut up about it.

There's no doubt that we can expect one of the largest Twitter flurries there has ever been the second that last episode hit screens.

Needless to say, if you're on social media tomorrow and still haven't seen it, not even a dragon can save you.