Warning: There are potential spoilers ahead for AMC’s “The Walking Dead.”
If you’ve been looking ahead at the show’s episode descriptions on your TV guide, you may have been surprised at a seemingly huge spoiler that appears on your screen.
If you do not want to see the potential spoilers do not read any further.
A massive potential leak
Fans started chatting about two potential massive spoilers on “The Walking Dead” after a photo was shared to the series’ subreddit on Friday.
A photo of a television guide showed the following episode description for season nine, episode six, which is set to air on Sunday, November 11 in the US: “Six years after Rick’s disappearance, a group of strangers test Alexandria’s trust and patience.”
INSIDER was alerted to the alleged spoiler through Twitter after it started gaining traction.
I’ve been keeping tabs on the episode descriptions for several weeks as they’re released through my cable provider, Xfinity. INSIDER was able to confirm that the above episode description is real, and, as of 11:15 a.m. Friday continues to sit on its cable guide.
Here’s how that looks:
This is a widespread issue
It gets stranger.
I’ve been taking screenshots of the episode descriptions every week when a new one becomes available. I never recalled seeing the description or it would have stood out. I went back through my screenshots and here’s the episode description which was on the Xfinity site on October 23, 2018.
“In the years following a zombie apocalypse, survivors seek refuge in a world overrun by the dead,” it reads.
It’s completely different. That means someone updated the episode description between October 23 and November 1 and it’s unclear why.
INSIDER notified AMC of the Xfinity description and almost immediately received a response from a representative saying it would be looked into.
But there’s more.
The altered episode description isn’t specific to Xfinity. INSIDER reached out to the larger “Walking Dead” community and friends with different cable providers worldwide and asked them to check episode descriptions for season nine, episode six.
While some overseas using Sky told INSIDER there aren’t episode descriptions available yet for season nine, episode six wasn’t available to them, I found there are one of two episode descriptions you’re most likely to see.
There’s a basic one AMC sent out to press, which reads, “The Survivors encounter unfamiliar faces outside the safety of their community’s walls and must decide whether or not this new group can be trusted.”
Spectrum, DirecTV, DirecTV Now, and YouTube TV are showing the seemingly spoilery description. Fans were kind enough to send along the following screenshots to INSIDER.
Frustrated and confused fans
“The Walking Dead” spoilers aren’t anything new to fans. If you’re deep enough into the fan community, there are groups who monitor these things closely. There are fans who head to the set while they’re filming to snap photos. But this is something even casual fans can find if they’re setting up a DVR to record a future episode.
Fans are understandably upset about the episode description. Many are pointing out that it has ruined the experience of watching the final episode with Rick.
“If I hadn’t already read many spoilers on Twitter I would have been VERY upset because I feel this tells exactly what happens in episode 905,” Renee Hansen told INSIDER. “I am frankly very tired of everyone spoiling ‘TWD’ for those of us who really don’t want to know ahead of time what will be happening.”
Still more are confused as to how something like this gets out since it’s available on cable guides. Some started joking that AMC leaked it themselves.
Seeing that the episode description was altered and updated makes it all the more confusing, and there’s one very specific reason why.
For what it’s worth, I have seen the next two episodes of “The Walking Dead.” I cannot confirm or deny anything in the more spoilery episode description. But there is a detail in there that hasn’t even been confirmed by AMC to press and that is not 100% confirmed as you’re watching episode six. A time jump of that amount of time has been heavily speculated if you follow “TWD” spoilers closely, but it hasn’t been officially confirmed.
A potential solution
Spoilers get out there, but they shouldn’t be coming from TV guides.
How does AMC fix this moving forward? It may be a good idea to avoid making future episode descriptions available more than a week in advance to viewers.
If you have a different cable provider than one mentioned above and are seeing the spoilery episode description for “The Walking Dead” 906, let me know. Send me an email at [email protected] with your name, a photo/screenshot of proof and your cable provider.
Note: This writer has reviewed the next two episodes of “The Walking Dead” and cannot confirm whether or not the episode description some viewers are seeing is accurate.
Representatives for AMC and Xfinity didn’t respond to INSIDER’s request for comment.
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