Did you guys watch the season four finale of Game Of Thrones last night? Part of me hopes you did, because there were a ton of super WTF moments that I want to discuss, but then the other half of me hopes you haven’t, just for your own sake. Because see, if you’re caught up on all the episodes, that means that you, like me, have to wait another who-knows-how-many-months for season five. It’s probably just a year, but it feels like forever.
But luckily, there’s hope for all of us suffering withdrawal. It’s not new episodes, unfortunately, because I’m not a wizard or a time traveler, but it is a list of GoT-themed activities so that you can get your jollies without the danger of snapping your laptop in two while willing season five onto HBOGo.
Be safe out there, guys. If you feel symptoms kicking in, use any of the entries on this list to feed your obsession until the big guns (new episodes) arrive.
1. Read the books.
I mean c’mon. This one’s obvious. There are five books out there in the A Song Of Ice And Fire series totaling literally thousands of pages, and they’re all in such rich detail that I’m actually frustrated that the TV series is moving through them so quickly. You’ll cruise through them, I promise.
2. Read previews of Book Six.
If you got all the way through the five already-released books, then I know you’re on the edge of your seat waiting for The Winds Of Winter, the sixth book in the series. Unfortunately, we have absolutely no word from author George R. R. Martin as to when it will be done, but he has released two separate excerpts that you can check out here and here.
3. Rewatch previous episodes with our drinking game.
Reading not your thing? Well perhaps you’d enjoy drinking every time Jon Snow squints, or any time someone speaks High Valyrian. (Translation: you’re gonna be wasted.)
4. Find out what house you’re in.
There are plenty of sites that offer you the chance to figure out which House you’d be in if you were a real life Westeros resident, but I’m partial to the Buzzfeed one.
5. Create your own sigil.
Once you know which House you’re in, why not create an art project for yourself (and a fun thing to hang on your wall at home) by drawing up your House sigil?
6. Check out the Bad Lip Reading parody.
If we can’t have new episodes, watching Bad Lip Reading’s parody of the show is the next best thing. Slightly less blood, but many more laugs — what’s not to love?
7. Start a Game Of Thrones theme park.
Watching that last video got me to thinking…how is it that we have a Hogwarts theme park, but not one for GoT? I only bring this up because I’m hoping you’re the kind of eccentric billionaire who wants to spend your time between seasons dreaming up (and funding!) a whole bunch of rides.
8. Play the board game.
If by some chance you happen not to have made your first billion yet, we can all settle for playing one of the many GoT board games together.
9. Have a themed party.
…with the help of one of these Game Of Thrones cookbooks! I happen to own this one myself, and can guarantee the recipes are delicious, while this one is endorsed by George R. R. Martin himself!
10. Listen to the theme song ten thousand different ways.
A bunch of innovators have created really amazing versions of that music at the beginning of each episode that feels like it lasts forever. But turns out it’s a much more engaging song when it isn’t interminably delaying our viewing of The Red Wedding. My favorite version is the Dixieland New Orleans version that I included above.
11. Have a themed wedding!
I don’t think I have the balls to do any of these themes myself, but I’d love to go to a wedding that included any or all of the GoT-themed ideas that I’m seeing on Pinterest, so why don’t you take one for the team (me) and get right on it?
12. Check out the other projects of the actors.
If all else fails, you can probably check out any or all of the show’s actors in their previous roles. It’s super disconcerting, but whatever it takes to get you through the dark times before next season, right?