Dealing with Disappointment: What to Do Now That Game of Thrones Is Over

Now that season 8 has ended, Game of Thrones fans must do what they’ve always dreaded most: assimilate into society. In case you have lived under a rock for the last 8 years, Game of Thrones is a fantasy drama on HBO, and it just happens to be one of the most popular shows in recent TV history. Fans of the series prided themselves on having superior taste, having spent years watching war crimes, terror, and abuse, and pretending like that’s normal.

Losing a loved one—your favorite show—is difficult, especially when it accounted for 30% of your personality. Regardless of whether or not you enjoyed the way the show ended (you didn’t), here are a few things to help you cope:

  1. Exercise. Spending your time working out will help you get that summer bod and means less brain power will be spent getting upset about how your favorite character’s arc was flushed down the toilet.
  2. Take up a new hobby. A creative outlet is key to moving past a series ending. If you like to write, write. Even if you don’t think you’re very good, take comfort in the fact that D&D got paid millions of dollars to be head writers, and they’re not very good either.
  3. Start a new show. You probably won’t find your new favorite show right away, but as any Scarsdale student can tell you, rebounds are your friend.
  4. Reach out to others. During your time of need, it’s important to find a community to remind you that you’re not alone. Call up your friends, family members, and classmates who were fans of Lost, How I Met Your Mother, or Dexter, and tell them you finally understand.
  5. Make a deal with the devil. Everyone knows that time is the one resource you can never get back, but give it a try anyways. Maybe if you explain to Satan the plot of season 8, he’ll give you back the 70 hours of your life you wasted watching the show. If that doesn’t work, request he clear your memory. It may sound absurd to ask for mercy from the devil, but so does burning down a city after it surrendered.
  6. Get a therapy pet. It’s times like these that ruin your faith in humanity, so why not turn to other species. Make sure to always pet your dogs, because they’re amazing, they love you, and they deserve it, Jon.
  7. Complain about it. If there’s any item on this list that you’ll do, chances are it’s this one. It’s simple, free, and sure to annoy everyone around you. But, unlike Bran, you have a lot of feelings and want to get them out.

The end of Game of Thrones does have its benefits. Namely, your Sunday nights are cleared up. The hours devoted to the show each Sunday—one spent watching, three spent getting out of the horrible mood it put you in—can now be used to do all the work that’s due the next morning. But, then again, if Cersei Lannister isn’t even going to be held accountable for her crimes, does it really matter if you do your math homework?