Michael Eaves spilled the beans about a big plot point before the show aired on the West Coast.
ESPN’s Michael Eaves found a way to tie together the two biggest stories of the night—the Raptors-Sixers Game 7 and Game of Thrones—at the top of Sunday’s 11 p.m. ET SportsCenter, but not everyone was happy about it.
While reading the highlights of the Raptors game Eaves made an analogy to the night’s GoT episode, which was still an hour away from airing on the West Coast. The problem was that Eaves’s joke specifically referenced a character’s highly controversial death. Viewers out west, or who hadn’t watched for other reasons, got caught totally off-guard by the spoiler and were raving mad at Eaves.
Man you really dropped that line about Cersei during Sportscenter?! I had the show on record and am about to check it out, but first some highlights. I’m gonna hope you’re wrong. Can’t even watch ESPN now without a Spoiler. Wow. @sportsfeedia #GOT https://t.co/FByVdDTfFG— Anthony Rincon (@Antoniodr) May 13, 2019
Some guy even went as far as to say he wanted Kenny Mayne fired for Eaves’s trangression.
Eaves didn’t apologize, though. He felt he phrased the line vaguely enough that the interpretation could be left open-ended.
Bruh.. 1) calm down.. 2) stop jumping to conclusions and just watch the damn episode.— Michael Eaves (@michaeleaves) May 13, 2019
What if Jamie got her to that dinghy and she sailed away? That would have been a disappointing way to go out too.— Michael Eaves (@michaeleaves) May 13, 2019
Eaves’s rationale is that by saying Cersei “went out” he’s not exactly saying she died. Indeed, in the episode, Tyrion presents a plan to Jaime in which Jaime and Cersei would “go out” on a boat into the metaphorical sunset. But if you haven’t seen the episode, how are you supposed to think of that side door? Minus that context, the only way to interpret “went out” is that she’s dead.
It’s probably a safe bet say Eaves keeps next Sunday’s post-finale show spoiler-free.