And so here we are.
After nearly a decade of watching its weekly installments, following the travails of its lead characters, and agonizing over the minutest detail to form our own theories (tin-foil or otherwise), we are down to one final episode of Game of Thrones.
While the finale of the series of this phenomenal TV hit show is one of the year’s most anticipated event, avid GOT fans may have some trouble saying goodbye to their Sunday primetime habit.
So, in preparation for the finale episode, here are five coping methods I will be employing to deal with all my feels and finally bid my favorite TV show farewell.
(Oh, in case it isn’t immediately apparent, there will be spoilers in the post.)
One: Remember the good times.
Yeah, GOT and me had us some good times.
Remember when Dany emerged unscathed from the flames of Drogo’s funeral pyre, and again after burning the khals’ tent (along with those mysogynistic khals) in Vaes Dothrak?
Or the one when Sansa pays Ramsay Bolton back for all the cruelties dealt to her by feeding him to his beloved hounds?
How about the time Arya proclaimed to House Frey that the North remembers and that winter came for them? And the most epic one yet: when she stuck the pointy end to the Night King?
Those were the times when I gave loud hoots of cheering and slow claps to the protagonists, the times when I felt that a show that routinely kills off lead characters can’t be so bad.
Two: Learn from the bad times.
I don’t about you but Ned Stark’s death left me so traumatized that I swore off the show for some time. (Well, as you can surmise, I eventually found my way back.)
At the start of the series, most of us thought that the protagonist was the honor-driven Warden of the North. While his sense of honor is something to aspire to, he was easily defeated by those who were willing and smart enough to play the game of thrones.
Oh, and if I’m in an enclosed space and I hear the opening strains of “The Rains of Castamere,” I would know enough to get the hell out.
Three: Express your pain.
Aside from snacks and drinks, I already readied a box of tissues for the finale airing. And fortunately, I’m on vacation so I won’t have to face my coworkers and other aspects of my daily life so soon after the finale. I will have time to scour social media for memes and reactions to the show before I go back to my daily grind.
Four: Share the load with your friends.
A problem shared is a problem halved, so they say. If the problem is the end of your favorite show, get together with your fellow GOT fans, diss on D&D for all the things they got wrong in the show (and praise them for all they got right), re-enact your favorite scenes, and basically, just be with the people who understand what you’re going through.
Five: Look forward to new and better things.
Take heart: the world of Westeros will not fade away into the murky mists of your memory anytime soon. A pilot for a spin-off series set during the Age of Heroes, thousands of years before the events of Game of Thrones, is in the works.
If the prospect of discovering the true origin of the White Walkers, the beginnings of the legendary Starks of Winterfell and the exotic mysteries of Essos won’t appeal to you, I don’t know what will.
So there you have it: a survival kit for the impending end of Game of Thrones. I hope it serves you well in the days to come… at least until the next pop culture phenom comes along. 🙂
And if you’re not yet ready to let go, you can still re-watch your favorite episodes. (I won’t judge, I promise.).
All Game of Thrones episodes from Season 1 to 8 are now available for streaming on HBO Go, exclusively available to SKYcable subscribers.
Based on the popular book series “A Song of Ice and Fire,” by George R.R. Martin, this hit Emmy®-winning fantasy series chronicles an epic struggle for power in a vast and violent kingdom. Members of the ensemble cast for the seventh season included Emmy® and Golden Globe winner Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Aidan Gillen, Kit Harington, Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams. Season seven credits: executive producers, David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, Carolyn Strauss, Frank Doelger, Bernadette Caulfield; co-executive producers, Bryan Cogman, Guymon Casady, Vince Gerardis, George R.R. Martin.
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- Game of Thrones: The Last Watch feature documentary premieres May 27 on HBO and HBO GO
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