There are three great ways to avoid any suspense-crushing spoilers from fun-killing friends on Twitter or Facebook going into Sunday night's "Breaking Bad" series finale:
Watch it live as it airs -- and try to be in the Eastern or Central time zones.
Denounce social media at 8:59 Sunday night.
Two applications promise to whitewash your social media account of any references to "Breaking Bad" to preserve the finale's mystery for any fans not yet caught up on all the episodes, DVRing it or on the West Coast. After all, just because you're not watching at exactly 9 p.m ET doesn't mean you also shouldn't be able to go on Facebook or Twitter, right?
For Apple iOS users, the Spoiler Shield blocks any posts which might contain plot-busting content. It keys onto certain words or phrases to decide which of your friends' tweets or status updates to "shield" you from. Though, if they're totally posting about the show with the obvious intention of ruining it for you, are they really your friends? Hmm
The Shield seems to work pretty well, it's only problem being it might work too well. See, in addition to 30 shows (including "Breaking Bad") that it blocks, Spoiler Shield also lets scoreboard-sensitive NFL and MLB fans avoid updates on any team. Testing this feature out, it deployed a San Francisco 49ers "shield" to block a tweet from Food & Wine magazineabout DIY soup dumplings.
Though in fairness, San Francisco does have amazing soup dumplings.
Netflix also has a similar blocking application, called their " Spoiler Foiler," which plugs into your Twitter account. Rolled out just for the "Breaking Bad" finale, the Foiler promises that "Now you can check your feed without fear. Any tweets with danger words get blacked out." Just log into your Twitter account through the site and you're set!