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I've idly thought about what mechanism would work to bring some of the debates and discussion into a single thread format for these full season at a time shows, along with folks like me coming in late (I don't have SyFy, so I primarily watch their shows on Netflix after everyone else has seen everything, Defiance and Haven were the exceptions that I paid Amazon for). For dedicated TV show forums I think they have one thread per episode, but that's not what we do here.
Suppose a forum desired to maintain a single thread per show, but account for varying progress of readers. If the forum instantiated a setting per post for the last episode the author had seen, then the viewer could set his/her last-seen episode and the forum could hide all posts marked with episodes beyond it. I would think the default for that setting would be 9999 or something so if an author failed to mark it, it would be hidden. I think the "0" setting would be for general posts about actresses, etc. The drawback is that the result would probably be a disjointed mess at best in the normal chronological order.
An alternate is to use similar tags and maintain a single "thread" container, but display in a sub-thread/hierarchical manner per episode. Viewers would see sub-threads pop out and continue separate conversations for each episode, but could collapse or hide the ones they haven't seen.
Of course, the default COA is "do nothing".