Game of Thrones Season 7 Survival Guide

Game of Thrones Season 7 Survival Guide

We’re officially t minus 10 days away from the season seven premiere of HBO’s Game of Thrones on July 16th, and I couldn’t be more ecstatic!  It’s been 375 days since the final episode of season six aired, which is an atrocity in and of itself, leading to widespread withdrawal among viewers.  Don’t even get me started on the unfortunate fact that there are only two abbreviated seasons remaining.

1. Amass copious amounts of food.

One can never have too many snacks, particularly if they’re Game of Thrones-themed.  Whether you’re watching while home alone with your pooch or hosting an expansive party in honor of the season seven premiere, food is a necessity.  Yes, even if that equates to stress eating.  You never know when your favorite characters will be brutally murdered before your eyes.

Here are a few Game of Thrones inspired recipe recommendations:

2. Contemplate picking up the novels.

Despite their daunting length, George R. R. Martin’s books are enticing for diehard fans.  After all, you have to pass the time between each new episode somehow…

As of season five, the TV series overtook the novels and significantly deviated from Martin’s plotline as a result.  Therefore, it may be worthwhile to pursue the books, as there is considerably less overlap in later installments.  If you’re interested in picking up the series but aren’t sure where to start or how to go about it, here’s a helpful article from a pro.

3. Attempt to control hyperventilation and excessive squealing during the opening credits and theme song.

Try to contain your excitement – avoiding hospitalization and refraining from thoroughly pissing off your companions and/or neighbors are always preferred.  May I recommend some deep breaths and a puppy?

4. During the cruel, painstaking seven day period between the release of each episode, begin rewatching previous seasons.

10/10 would recommend, particularly if you have work in the morning.  If you’re in need of a pick-me-up after a series of particularly ruthless character casualties, may I suggest revisiting the first season?  You’ll be shocked by the sheer number of individuals who are still alive, as well as the countless dreams and aspirations that have yet to be dashed.  On the other hand, if you’re feeling more masochistic, the Red Wedding (season 3, episode 9) might be a good place to start.

5. Firmly refuse to become attached to any of the characters.

George R. R. Martin shows no mercy, and there’s a 99.9% chance said characters will be dead by the end of the episode.  Therefore, it’s in your best interest to adamantly rebuff emotional attachment in any capacity.  If you readily fall victim to endearing characters, you may want to mentally prepare yourself for the agonizing mass destruction to come.  Tissues are strongly advised.

After over a year, winter is almost upon us!  How will you be celebrating the season premiere?

If you’re impatiently searching for a few ways to pass the time, here are some recommendations:

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