Slate's Spoiler Specials

On Slate's Spoiler Specials, Slate critics, such as Dana Stevens and Willa Paskin, discuss new movies and TV shows in spoiler-filled detail. We dissect twist endings, plot holes, and other secrets you won't read in reviews. WARNING: This podcast contains spoilers (duh).

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The Downton Abbey Spoiler, Episode 8 (Season 5)
Is Lord Grantham still a jerk? We discuss the latest episode.
18 min
202
The Downton Abbey Spoiler, Episode 7 (Season 5)
Slate’s June Thomas and Seth Stevenson discuss Lord Grantham’s tearful farewell to Isis, Lady Edith’s short reign over the publishing house, and whether Atticus and Rose’s new engagement will really last.
21 min
203
Fifty Shades of Grey: Slate's Spoiler Special
Slate's Dana Stevens, Amanda Hess and Dan Kois discuss Fifty Shades of Grey. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the movie.
26 min
204
#WalkingDead Podcast: Season 5 Midseason Premiere
Welcome back! With the return of Season 5, listen to a recap of the midseason premiere, "What Happened and What's Going On.” This is Slate's Walking Dead podcast recap and spoiler special, hosted by Mike Vuolo and Chris...
22 min
205
The Downton Abbey Spoiler, Episode 6 (Season 5)
Slate’s June Thomas and Seth Stevenson discuss Edith’s decision to shrug off the blanket of convention, the “cure” for homosexuality, and Lady Mary’s fetching new haircut.This podcast contains major spoilers, so listen after you watch each episo
22 min
206
The Downton Abbey Spoiler Special, Ep. 5 (Seaso...
Slate’s June Thomas and Seth Stevenson discuss poor Edith’s tragedy, why Lord Merton and Isobel make a fine match, and whether Rose just might end up as Mrs. Atticus Aldridge. This podcast contains major spoilers, so listen after you watch each episod
16 min
207
The Downton Abbey Spoiler, Episode 4 (Season 5)
When will Downton Abbey's Miss Bunting mind her manners? We discuss the latest episode.
25 min
208
The Downton Abbey Spoiler, Episode 3 (Season 5)
In this installment of the podcast, Slate's June Thomas and Seth Stevenson discuss the best match for Lady Cora, the developing battle over Marigold, and what Thomas’ mysterious phone call could mean for this season.
18 min
209
The Downton Abbey Spoiler, Episode 2 (Season 5)
Slate's culture editor June Thomas and senior writer Seth Stevenson react to Episode 2 of Downton Abbey's fifth season, including the war memorial and the lingering possibility of a Carson-Mrs. Hughes kiss.
15 min
210
The Downton Abbey Spoiler, Episode 1 (Season 5)
Slate's culture editor June Thomas and contributor Seth Stevenson react to Episode 1 of Downton Abbey's fifth season, including vintage burns, whether anyone can truly make Lady Edith happy, and brewing class resentment.
18 min
211
Serial Spoiler Special: Jay Talks (But Not To S...
In the wake of Jay Wilds' exclusive interview with The Intercept, Slate reunites the Serial Spoiler gang for one more crazy caper. David Haglund and Katy Waldman discuss how Jay's Q-and-A might affect the case and Serial's first season.
26 min
212
Inherent Vice: Slate's Spoiler Special
Slate's Dana Stevens, Aisha Harris and Chris Wade discuss Inherent Vice. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the movie.
43 min
213
Serial Ep. 12: Slate's Spoiler Special
David Haglund, Katy Waldman, and The Gist's Mike Pesca discuss "What We Know," the finale of Serial's first season. NOTE: Listen to this podcast AFTER you listen to the Serial episode.
34 min
214
Serial Ep. 11: Slate's Spoiler Special
David Haglund, Katy Waldman, and Grantland's Wesley Morris react to "Rumors," the latest episode of Serial from This American Life. Plus, they talk with Mark Phillips, the musician and sound designer who composes most of the show's score.
42 min
215
Serial Ep. 10: Slate's Spoiler Special
David Haglund, Katy Waldman, and Laura Anderson react to "The Best Defense Is a Good Defense," the latest episode of Serial from This American Life. NOTE: Listen to this spoiler AFTER you listen to the Serial episode.
27 min
216
Serial Spoiler Special: Extra Spoily Edition
For one episode only, David Haglund, Katy Waldman, and June Thomas discuss Reddit threads, reporting, blogs, and other sources of information about Serial's murder investigation. SPOILER ALERT: Contains info that hasn't been reported on Serial.
37 min
217
Serial Spoiler Special: Sarah Koenig on The Gist
With Serial on hiatus this week, Mike Pesca of The Gist reflects on the success of the investigative podcast. Plus: Hear a longer version of Mike's interview with Serial host Sarah Koenig, recorded just before the release of episode 5, "Route Talk."
26 min
218
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1: Slate's ...
Slate's Dana Stevens and Willa Paskin discuss The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the movie.
28 min
219
Serial Ep. 9: Slate's Spoiler Special
David Haglund, Katy Waldman, and Willa Paskin discuss To Be Suspected, the ninth episode of Serial from This American Life. WARNING: Enjoy this spoiler special after you listen to the episode.
31 min
220
Rosewater: Slate's Spoiler Special
Slate's Dana Stevens and Bloomberg Politics reporter Dave Weigel discuss Rosewater. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the movie.
25 min
221
Serial Ep. 8: Slate's Spoiler Special
David Haglund, Katy Waldman and Jami Floyd discuss The Deal With Jay, the eighth episode of Serial from This American Life. Plus, inside a Serial meetup group. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be listened to after you’ve heard the episode.
41 min
222
Interstellar: Slate's Spoiler Special
Slate's Dana Stevens and Forrest Wickman discuss Interstellar. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the movie.
34 min
223
Serial Ep. 7: Slate's Spoiler Special
Slate’s David Haglund, Katy Waldman and Amanda Hess discuss The Opposite of the Prosecution, the seventh episode of Serial from This American Life. Plus: Dahlia Lithwick of Amicus explains two aspects. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be listened to af
22 min
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Serial Ep. 6: Slate's Spoiler Special
Slate’s David Haglund, Katy Waldman and Mike Pesca discuss “The Case Against Adnan Syed,” the sixth episode of Serial from This American Life. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be listened to after you’ve listened to the Serial episode.
26 min
225
Birdman: Slate's Spoiler Special
Slate's Dana Stevens, David Haglund and Forrest Wickman discuss Birdman. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the movie.
17 min
226
Serial Ep. 5: Slate's Spoiler Special
Slate's David Haglund, Julia Turner, and Katy Waldman discuss the fifth episode of the podcast Serial, from This American Life and producers Sarah Koenig and Julia Snyder. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've listened to the Serial...
17 min
227
Dear White People: Slate's Spoiler Special
Slate's Aisha Harris and author Tanner Colby discuss Dear White People. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the movie.
34 min
228
Gone Girl: Slate's Spoiler Special
Slate's Dana Stevens, Dan Kois and David Haglund discuss Gone Girl. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the movie.
34 min
229
Transparent: Slate's Spoiler Special
Slate's Willa Paskin, David Haglund and Miriam Krule discuss Transparent. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the show.
43 min
230
Boxtrolls: Slate's Spoiler Special
Slate's Dana Stevens and Nell Minow discuss Boxtrolls. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the movie.
27 min
231
Love Is Strange: Slate's Spoiler Special
Slate's Dana Stevens and June Thomas discuss Love Is Strange. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the movie.
18 min
232
Lucy: Slate's Spoiler Special
Slate's Dana Stevens, Forrest Wickman and Sam McDougle discuss Lucy. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the show.
27 min
233
Boyhood: Slate's Spoiler Special
Slate's Dana Stevens, Dan Kois and Seth Stevenson discuss Boyhood. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the show.
31 min
234
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Slate's Spoiler...
Slate's Dana Stevens and Dave Weigel discuss Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the show.
27 min
235
Snowpiercer: Slate's Spoiler Special
Slate's Dana Stevens and Forrest Wickman discuss Snowpiercer. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the show.
31 min
236
Orange Is the New Black Season 2: Slate's Spoil...
Slate's Willa Paskin, June Thomas, David Haglund and L.V. Anderson discuss season two of Netflix's Orange Is the New Black. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the show.
35 min
237
Maleficent: Slate's Spoiler Special
Slate's Dana Stevens and Vanity Fair's Katey Rich discuss Disney's Maleficent. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the movie.
20 min
238
Godzilla: Slate's Spoiler Special
Slate's Dana Stevens, Forrest Wickman and Chris Wade discuss Godzilla. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the movie.
33 min
239
Under The Skin: Slate's Spoiler Special
Slate's Dana Stevens and Dan Kois discuss Under The Skin. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the movie.
29 min
240
The Unknown Known: Slate's Spoiler Special
Slate's Dana Stevens and Dave Weigel discuss The Unknown Known. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the movie.
27 min
241
Captain America: The Winter Soldier: Slate's Sp...
Slate's Dana Stevens and Forrest Wickman discuss Captain America: The Winter Soldier. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the movie.
23 min
242
Muppets Most Wanted: Slate's Spoiler Special
Slate's Dana Stevens and John Swansburg discuss Muppets Most Wanted. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the movie.
22 min
243
True Detective Season 1: Slate's Spoiler Special
Slate's Willa Paskin, David Haglund, Jessica Winter and Forrest Wickman discuss Season 1 of HBO's True Detective. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the show.
55 min
244
The Grand Budapest Hotel: Slate's Spoiler Special
Slate's Dana Stevens, Forrest Wickman, David Haglund and Chris Wade discuss The Grand Budapest Hotel. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the movie.
34 min
245
The Wind Rises: Slate's Spoiler Special
Slate's Dana Stevens and Dan Kois discuss The Wind Rises. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the movie.
31 min
246
House of Cards Season 2: Slate's Spoiler Special
Slate's David Haglund, June Thomas and Willa Paskin discuss the second season of Netflix's House of Cards. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the show.
40 min
247
RoboCop: Slate's Spoiler Special
Slate's Dana Stevens, Forrest Wickman and Chris Wade discuss Robocop. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the movie.
32 min
248
The Lego Movie: Slate's Spoiler Special
Slate's Dana Stevens and David Haglund discuss The Lego Movie. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the movie.
24 min
249
The Wolf of Wall Street: Slate's Spoiler Special
Slate's Dana Stevens and Dan Kois discuss The Wolf of Wall Street. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the movie.
28 min
250
Her: Slate's Spoiler Special
Slate's Dana Stevens, Forrest Wickman and David Haglund discuss Her. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the movie.
36 min
251
Oldboy: Slate's Spoiler Special
Slate's Dana Stevens and Aisha Harris discuss Spike Lee's Oldboy. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the movie.
25 min
252
12 Years A Slave: Slate's Spoiler Special
Slate's Dana Stevens, Forrest Wickman and Aisha Harris discuss 12 Years a Slave. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen this movie.
40 min
253
Captain Phillips: Slate's Spoiler Special
Slate's Dana Stevens and Dave Weigel discuss Captain Phillips. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen this movie.
28 min
254
Gravity: Slate's Spoiler Special
Slate's Dana Stevens, John Swansburg and Forrest Wickman discuss Gravity. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen this movie.
26 min
255
Breaking Bad Finale: Slate's Spoiler Special
Slate's Julia Turner, John Swansburg, June Thomas and Willa Paskin discuss the series finale of Breaking Bad. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen this episode.
39 min
256
Blue Caprice: Slate's Spoiler Special
Slate's Dana Stevens and John Swansburg discuss Blue Caprice. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the movie.
25 min
257
Lee Daniels' The Butler: Slate's Spoiler Special
Slate's Dana Stevens and Aisha Harris discuss Lee Daniels' The Butler. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the movie.
26 min
258
The To Do List: Slate's Spoiler Special
Slate's Dana Stevens and Dan Kois discuss The To Do List. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the movie.
26 min
259
Pacific Rim: Slate's Spoiler Special
Slate's Dana Stevens and Forrest Wickman discuss Pacific Rim WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the movie.
25 min
260
World War Z: Slate's Spoiler Special
Slate's Dana Stevens and Dave Weigel discuss World War Z. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the movie.
34 min
261
Man of Steel: Slate's Spoiler Special
Slate's Dana Stevens, Forrest Wickman and J. Bryan Lowder discuss Man of Steel. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the movie.
30 min
262
Arrested Development Season 4: Slate's Spoiler ...
Slate's David Haglund, June Thomas and Chris Wade discuss the fourth season of Arrested Development. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the movie.
28 min
263
Behind the Candelabra: Slate's Spoiler Special
Slate's Dana Stevens and Dan Kois discuss HBO's Behind The Candelabra. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the movie.
26 min
264
Star Trek Into Darkness: Slate's Spoiler Special
Slate's Dana Stevens and Bryan Lowder discuss Star Trek Into Darkness. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the movie.
20 min
265
Before Midnight: Slate's Spoiler Special
Slate's Dana Stevens, David Haglund and David Plotz discuss Before Midnight. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the movie.
36 min
266
The Great Gatsby: Slate's Spoiler Special
Slate's Dana Stevens and David Haglund discuss The Great Gatsby. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the movie.
43 min
267
Iron Man 3: Slate's Spoiler Special
Slate's Dana Stevens, Forrest Wickman and Nina Shen Rastogi discuss Iron Man 3. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the movie.
23 min
268
Pain & Gain: Slate's Spoiler Special
Slate's Dana Stevens and Cinema Blend's Katey Rich discuss Pain & Gain. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the movie.
23 min
269
42: Slate's Spoiler Special
Slate's Dana Stevens and author Tanner Colby discuss the film 42. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the movie.
31 min
270
Evil Dead: Slate's Spoiler Special
Slate's Dana Stevens and Chris Wade discuss Evil Dead. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the movie.
19 min
271
Oz The Great And Powerful: Slate's Spoiler Special
Slate's Dana Stevens and Forrest Wickman discuss Oz The Great and Powerful. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the movie.
21 min
272
A Good Day To Die Hard: Slate's Spoiler Special
Slate's Dana Stevens and Chris Wade and Australian film critic Alice Tynan discuss A Good Day To Die Hard. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the movie.
36 min
273
House of Cards: Slate's Spoiler Special
Slate's David Haglund and June Thomas discuss the entire first season of Netflix's original series House of Cards. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the show.
41 min
274
Side Effects: Slate's Spoiler Special
Slate's Dana Stevens and Dan Kois discuss Side Effects. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the movie.
29 min
275
Warm Bodies: Slate's Spoiler Special
Slate's Dana Stevens and pop-culture writer Keith Phipps discuss Warm Bodies. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the movie.
21 min
276
Les Misérables: Slate's Spoiler Special
Slate's Dana Stevens and David Haglund discuss Les Misérables. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the movie.
27 min
277
Django Unchained: Slate's Spoiler Special
Slate's Dana Stevens and author Tanner Colby discuss Django Unchained. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the movie.
35 min
278
This Is 40: Slate's Spoiler Special
Slate's Dana Stevens and Chris Wade discuss This Is 40. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the movie.
31 min
279
Life of Pi: Slate's Spoiler Special
Slate's Dana Stevens and Dan Engber discuss Life of Pi. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the movie.
26 min
280
Cloud Atlas: Slate's Spoiler Special
Slate's Dana Stevens, John Swansburg and Dan Kois discuss Cloud Atlas. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the movie.
49 min
281
Looper: Slate's Spoiler Special
Slate's Dana Stevens and Dan Kois discuss Looper. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the movie.
29 min
282
The Master: Slate's Spoiler Special
Slate's Dana Steven's and Forrest Wickman discuss The Master. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the movie.
29 min
283
The Bourne Legacy: Slate's Spoiler Special
Slate's Dana Stevens and John Swansburg discuss The Bourne Legacy. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the movie.
27 min
284
Total Recall: Slate's Spoiler Special
Slate's Dana Stevens and Chris Wade discuss Total Recall. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the movie.
29 min
285
The Dark Knight Rises: Slate's Spoiler Special
Slate's Dana Stevens and Dan Kois discuss Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the movie.
30 min
286
Magic Mike: Slate's Spoiler Special
Slate's Dana Stevens and Dan Kois discuss Magic Mike. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the movie.
27 min
287
Brave: Slate's Spoiler Special
Slate's Dana Stevens and Dan Kois discuss Pixar's "Brave". WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the movie.
23 min
288
Prometheus: Slate's Spoiler Special
Slate's Dana Stevens and Adam Kempenaar of WBEZ's Filmspotting discuss Ridley Scott's Prometheus. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the movie.
39 min
289
Battleship: Slate's Spoiler Special
Slate's Dana Stevens and John Swansburg discuss Battleship. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the movie.
20 min
290
The Avengers: Slate's Spoiler Special
Slate's Dana Stevens and SlateV's Chris Wade discuss The Avengers. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the movie.
30 min
291
Cabin In The Woods: Slate's Spoiler Special
Slate's Dana Stevens and SlateV's Chris Wade discuss Cabin In The Woods. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the movie.
24 min
292
Bernie: Slate's Spoiler Special
Slate's Dana Stevens and Seth Stevenson discuss Richard Linklater's Bernie. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the movie.
21 min
293
The Five Year Engagement: Slate's Spoiler Special
Slate's Dana Stevens and New York Times' Pamela Paul discuss The Five Year Engagement. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the movie.
20 min
294
The Hunger Games: Slate's Spoiler Special
Slate's Dana Stevens and Dan Kois discuss The Hunger Games. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the movie.
24 min
295
Casa de mi Padre: Slate's Spoiler Special
Slate's Dana Stevens and Bryan Curtis discuss "Casa de mi Padre." WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the movie.
20 min
296
Haywire: Slate's Spoiler Special
Slate's Dana Stevens and John Swansburg discuss "Haywire." WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the movie.
25 min
297
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: Slate's Spoiler Special
Slate's Dana Stevens and June Thomas discuss Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the movie.
16 min
298
Young Adult: Slate's Spoiler Special
Slate's Dana Stevens and Dan Kois discuss Young Adult. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the movie.
15 min
299
The Muppets: Slate Spoiler Special
Slate's Dana Stevens and John Swansburg discuss "The Muppets." WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the movie.
19 min
300
A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas: Slate Spoil...
Slate's Dana Stevens and Forrest Wickman discuss "A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas." WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the movie.
15 min