Look, I get it. We all get that just one more episode itch from time to time. But it’s been nearly a month since the Game of Thrones final aired and I, like most fans, have to figure out how to deal with all that emptiness on my Sunday nights.
While the year-long wait for each new season of Game of Thrones feels interminable and intolerable, console yourself with the fact that the talented folks behind the show regularly pull off the impossible. In just one year’s time – and the wait will be a bit longer than the usual this time around – they will manage to put together 10 full hours of some of the most impressive television ever. Some two-hour movies take twice that long to make!
So cut them some slack, will you?
And while you’re at it, it might be time to take an inventory of the things you’ve been putting off, pushing under the rug or generally neglecting during your Sunday evenings, or during those lost hours at night while you dwell on the latest passing of a beloved character.
Here are some ideas to get you started.
Fold and Put Away Your Laundry, You Bum!
Are you an adult? I hope so, or I’m going to write strongly worded letters to your parents for letting you watch Game of Thrones in the first place.
As an adult, you have precious few excuses for leaving either clean or dirty laundry strewn about the house, or piled up in the hamper like the body count from the War of the Five Kings.
And now you have even one less excuse, with GoT off the air for another calendar year. So what are you waiting for? Your washing machine has missed the quality time you used to share — but it forgives easily.
Find Your Next Great Literary Love
Television is a truly remarkable way to immerse yourself in an epic yarn of betrayal, death, triumph and more death. But long before the first cathode ray tube saw the light of day, human beings experienced stories by losing themselves between the pages of books.
In fact, rumor has it (<–snark) Game of Thrones is based on a book series. Maybe that’s worth looking into?
If science-fiction and fantasy is your wheelhouse, there’s really no end to the devastatingly epic series you can get lost in. Check out The Expanse, by James S.A. Corey, the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan and Discworld by Terry Pratchett.
Oh, and if you haven’t read Dune yet, definitely read Dune. You can thank me later.
Binge Watch an Old Favorite
Sometimes, withdrawal calls for the hair of the dog that bit you. (By the Seven, what a strange colloquialism). Rough translation: If you’re jonesing for more quality television, sometimes the only remedy is, well, more quality television.
The good news is, Game of Thrones isn’t the only feather in HBO’s cap. You can settle in with an old favorite like True Blood to relive #allthefeels with Sookie and the crew in Bon Temps, or ponder the morose mysteries of the first season of True Detective. Anything that starts with the word “True,” really — you can’t go wrong!
But if you want to expand your television horizons just a bit further, consider the offerings from other networks like Starz (Outlander), TNT (The Closer, Saving Grace), Syfy (Battlestar Galactica, The Magicians, The Expanse), and AMC (Mad Men, Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead).
No, not all of these shows are still on the air — but that makes them all the better for irresponsibly long binge sessions. So say we all.
Catch Up on the News
Yes, “the news” can be depressing sometimes — that’s part of life. But we’ve already established that you’re an adult, and adults have no excuse for being uninformed about what’s going on in the world. Even if that means sobbing at your desk for a solid 10 minutes after perusing the latest goings on of the world.
Sunday nights are the perfect time to catch up on the events from the previous week — and not just because that’s when John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight airs on HBO.
You can also take some time to set up a Feedly account to serve you updates from your favorite websites, or customize a built-in app like Apple News to create a personalized stream of emerging stories.
Whatever tool you use, get in the habit of using it regularly — after all, the world never stops turning.
That’s really all there is to it — I’m not picky about what you do after you get there. I love television as much as the next person, but sometimes there really is no substitute for feeling the sunshine on your skin, or running around with your family.
It really doesn’t matter what you do, or what excuse you come up with to do it. Want to hunt digital monsters around your hometown in Pokémon GO? Have at it! (Tastefully!) Want to simply throw down a blanket, or hang a hammock, and enjoy the fresh air? You can do that, too.
Whatever it is, do it with gusto. The couch, and all of your favorite characters, will still be there waiting for you when you get back.
Got a few ideas of your own? Let me know in the comments below! I’m just as obsessed as you are with the consequential events unfolding in Westeros and beyond, so if there’s anything I missed, I’m all ears!