Game of Thrones is back!
The wait has been unbearable but finally Game of Thrones is back on our TV’s this afternoon and everyone is going crazy with suspense. If you were like me and thought GoT was some weird medieval show but eventually found out that it is still a weird ‘medieval’ show, but a brilliant one at that; then odds are you’ve only had a couple of seasons or so of having to actually wait for the next season to come out.
For me, it’s only my second time having to wait but damn… It’s been rough. You go from having to wait with frustration for a whole week for the next episode to having to wait a whole year for the first episode of the next season. Mind you, the early episodes of each season aren’t all that cathartic either, we don’t get the juicy stuff until near the end. But here we are again, ramping and raving carnivorously waiting to devour whatever George R.R Martin & HBO have in store for us.
Although I’ve only had to wait for new seasons twice, I’ve noticed some trends in the behaviour of watchers that I’m sure has been present from the beginning. Here’s your guide to watching Game of Thrones:
Stage 1: Clear your schedule.
Game of Thrones comes first! Got kids to pick up from somewhere? Call an Uber! Had plans for a date? Oops! Must’ve slipped my mind! When Game of Thrones is on, you have to watch it on the day. You just do. And it’s because of spoilers! Spoilers are the work of the devil and unfortunately, people love ruining stuff for others; especially with Game of Thrones. I’m speaking from experience – don’t do it! I tried it: I got home from college and was just way too tired to do anything. I went to sleep innocently thinking I could just watch it the next day uninterrupted. That was my first mistake – Everyone I know: “Have you seen Game of Thrones yet? Oh my God guess what happened to Jon! He almost got -” blah blah blah, not listening. But even having escaped those situations, it was near-impossible to avoid whispers and every-day conversations that fell on my ears.
And don’t even get me started on Twitter.
Stage 2: Mute everyone.
Okay, so I’ve just instilled the fear of God within you and made you fearful of social media but maybe you don’t have to be. If you really can’t find time to watch it on the day and also can’t see yourself living without Twitter for up to 24 hours, there’s a way to prevent spoilers reaching you through that specific, horrible, horrible channel.
Timed Muting lets you prevent tweets including specific words, phases and hashtags appearing on your timeline or anywhere else for a period of time left to your discretion. Here’s a list of common names and hashtags that are likely to be included in spoilers:
- Jon Snow
- Daenerys Targaryen
- Sansa Stark
- Arya Stark
The step-by-step guide on how to do it can be found here.
As for the every-day conversation occurring outside, you could always purchase a pair of earbuds? Shrugs shoulders.
Stage 3: Treat yourself.
Game of Thrones day is an occasion so make sure you treat yourself accordingly. Once I’ve completed Stage 1 & 2 I then proceed to order a healthy takeaway (I’m on a diet) to eat while I watch. I’ve been reading Carolyn Hansen’s ebook ‘100 Healthy Raw Snacks’ so that when I’m ordering from somewhere like Hungry Houses I know I’m ordering the right stuff. You also can’t go wrong with a bag of popcorn, I got a whole load shipped over from The Popcorn Factory because, frankly, they have the best popcorn I’ve ever tasted.
Stage 4: Scream, shout, cheer, jump, gasp, cry.
It would be an understatement to say that emotions run high whenever Game of Thrones is on. Whether I’m watching it alone, with friends, or with family, every episode is likely to induce all of the aforementioned verbs. In other words, as it’s Game of Thrones, there’s always that one person who:
Screams.. when someone dies.
Shouts… when someone dies.
Cheers… when someone dies.
Jumps… when someone dies.
Gasps… when someone dies.
Cries… when someone dies.
Yes, I am all of those people.
And last but not least…
Stage 5: Release your thoughts on social media.
After the barrage of emotions you’ve just felt you’ll want to release all that energy somewhere. It’s pretty much customary to automatically post to your Whatsapp group chat “Who’s just seen Game of Thrones?!!!” And if you’re posting to Twitter to let the world know how much you hate the show’s latest villain, if you’re not careful you’ll end up being the very person you’ve been trying to avoid!
Like the saying goes: you’ll either die a hero, or live long enough to become the villain!