The end of Thrones

Bec of the House Meier, the First of Her Name

Bec Meier is a Unimelb Adventures contributor. You can check out her blog howtolife and follow her on Twitter @latenighthell

This post is spoiler-free but contains references to season eight. Though, if you haven’t finished season eight, you probably should not be using the internet if you’re trying to avoid Game of Thrones.

In case you hadn’t heard yet, Game of Thrones is actually over, but this begs the questions: how to cope and what do we do now?

Unfortunately, the university won’t grant extensions for the death of a favourite character, nor will the emotional trauma caused by the show be a valid reason to apply for an Academic Adjustment Plan with Stop 1.

So, allow me to present my six-point plan on how to cope with the ending of season eight:

  1. Find a good friend who also watches the show
  2. Send them messages ranting about how each episode was worse than the one before, though the finale definitely takes the cake for the worst episode
  3. B*tch to them about how the quality of the show has gone downhill and how much of a letdown season eight was (it’s not like Jamie’s character arc was important … )
  4. Send them all your favourite memes about each episode, no matter how heartbreaking (on the bright side, Ghost finally got the pats!)
  5. Discuss internet theories and how completely wrong (and dumb) some of them turned out to be, because I’m sorry but there was absolutely no way they survived under the rubble
  6. Mourn together that it’s over and there will be no new GoT content to consume for a while

I also propose the establishment of a GoT support group within the university; a place where people can mourn the loss of a character and the terrible writing, together.

You can also make yourself feel better by signing the infamous petition to “Remake Game of Thrones season eight with competent writers” here. Or watch this video of the cast that shows that your disappointment feels are in good company (Peter, blink twice if they’re holding you hostage), and take a look at these videos here and here to remind you of how good we had it. You can also find more GoT content from me here, because if you can’t tell, I have a lot of feelings about this.

But what do we do now to fill the hole where GoT used to be?

1. Read the books (if you haven’t already).

If I go into how different the books are from the show this article would be waaaaaay too long, but the later seasons (or even as early as season two), of the show started drifting from the book content so they’re definitely worth a read. Lots of new stories and details that the show didn’t include or do justice to. Rest assured, you’ll finish them before the next book, since we’ve already been waiting seven years for it and there’s no promise of it coming out anytime soon!

#Winds of Winter is never coming

2. Wait for the spin-offs.

If you’re too lazy to read, you can hold out hope for all the spin-off shows. Though, they’re a while off and judging from the writing and editing quality of season eight, they may be a bit of a letdown. A moment of silence for the infamous coffee cups and Jamie’s forgotten golden hand. (Plus any other stuff ups the internet has been more than happy to point out).

3. Read the books! Seriously, if you haven’t, you should.

4. Re-watch the show.

Enjoy the nostalgia by going back to season one and relishing in every moment with now-dead characters (gone but not forgotten). Knowing what you know now, some moments may have a whole new meaning or no meaning whatsoever (R.I.P. Night King and Valonqar prophecy theories).

5. Watch The Last Watch.

The Last Watch airs on 26 May on HBO and is probably the last semi-official GoT instalment for a while. It offers a behind the scenes insight to season eight, so we can all cry over the ending and our favourite characters all over again. Though probably not for the last time. You can check out the official documentary trailer here.


How many times do I have to say it?

I will leave you to continue your journeys through the seven stages of grief (I’m still in denial), with the offer of one final thought. As a huge fan of the series, this pains me to say: but perhaps the complete disaster that was season eight actually helped, because if nothing else, it let us down easy.

Valar Morghulis

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