I just chanced upon this HBO 2014 teaser for their current and upcoming shows, and guess what? We’ve got some tiny glimpse of Game of Thrones Season 4. Yay! The wait is ALMOST, finally over! And this is a welcome quench in a drought, a small oasis in the desert that is ASOIAF / Game-of-Thrones Long Wait. I know it is so frustrating that the Game of Thrones TV Show only has ten episodes per season, and one season per year. Add to that the horror of waiting for years, or even half a decade for the last two A Song of Ice and Fire installments to be published. So what to do? Here are things I am doing now to, you know, keep myself distracted from the looooooooooooooooooong wait.
1. Do the Great Epic Re-Read.
Yes, Why not? Reread the 4,000+ page, 5-book series of our great King George R. R. Martin, the First of His Name, and immerse yourself in its intensely vivid world. Indulge yourself in GRRM’s crafty writing, get lost in its allusions and subtleties, and revel in its rich tapestry of intrigue and webs of secrets. Play the Game of Thrones, watch the Clash of Kings, witness the Storm of Swords, sup at the Feast for Crows, and Dance with Dragons, while you wait for the Winds of Winter to come, and Dream of Spring.
2. Do the Epic TV Show Marathon.
Go on, I know you want to. It’s 30 hours of pure pleasure, much more if you have purchased the DVD / Blu-Ray copies. You’ve got documentaries, commentaries, behind-the-scenes, and deleted scenes. And those mini-histories. Relive the moments given life to the small screen, reacquaint yourself with the talented artists who brilliantly portray our beloved characters, cry with them, laugh with them, fight with them, curse with them, join in their game of thrones. You win or you die.
3. Go Behind The Scenes (and beyond the Shadow Lands if you dare).
If you can afford the original Blu-Ray / DVD Series, then you must buy them! I will envy you, then. You will get much more than just the TV shows. These are a compilation of Season 1 and 2’s History and Lore Series (two links). I won’t deny that watching may become boring and that you might fall asleep if you watch these at the dead of the night, but I guarantee you that you’ll learn much more if you stick to watching until the end. Just treat this as your mandatory History class lecture. But still, I am urging you to buy the original if you can afford.
4. Be Lord Vary’s Little Birds (and know everything).
The secrets of Westeros and Essos are just a Google away. Go beyond the usual research about the books, learn more about the people behind the books and the shows. Do you know that our Lord George R.R. Martin, the First of His Name, etc. etc. received one of the TV shows prop dragon egg as a wedding gift? That Rose Leslie a.k.a. Ygritte was born in a castle, and is almost high-born? That the charity-volunteering, theology & philosophy-studying, Hebrew-learning, animal-loving actor Jack Gleeson, is the complete opposite of our favorite love-to-hate Joffrey “Brat-heon” ? See, you have so many things to learn. Do not hold yourself back. Dig in.
5. Witness the Roasting of Joffrey.
No, not that! Roasting is this USA – exclusive way of giving honor to someone by mocking him. You Americans are so sarcastic! Anyway, according to Wikipedia, a roast is “an event, almost exclusively in the United States, in which an individual is subjected to a public presentation of comedic insults, praise, outlandish true and untrue stories, and heartwarming tributes as a mock counter to a toast. The implication is that the roastee is able to take the jokes in good humor and not as serious criticism or insult, and it is seen by some as a great honor to be roasted. The individual is surrounded by friends, fans, and well-wishers, who can receive some of the same treatment as well during the course of the evening. The party and presentation itself are both referred to as a “roast.” The host of the event is called the “roastmaster.” Anyone who is honored in such a way is said to have been “roasted.”
6. Save in your iPod the ASOIAF Audiobooks.
From all the watching and reading, give your eyes a break! Listen to the beautiful narration in work, while driving or commuting, or just wherever, whenever.
7. Prepare a feast worthy of the King of the Andals and the Rhoynar and the First Men, Lord of the Seven Kingdoms, Protector of the Realm.
“Ever wonder what it’s like to attend a feast at Winterfell? Wish you could split a lemon cake with Sansa Stark, scarf down a pork pie with the Night’s Watch, or indulge in honeyfingers with Daenerys Targaryen? Wonder no longer.”
Grab a copy of A Feast of Ice and Fire in your bookstore now! Or read a review here: http://www.thatsnerdalicious.com/features/review-of-the-game-of-thrones-official-companion-cookbook-feature/#!qarUz
8. Drink also, while at you’re at it!
Brewery Ommegang has released two Game of Thrones – inspired brews, the Iron Throne Blonde Ale and the dark Take the Black Stout. And maybe next year, you’ll get a shot of the Fire and Blood Red Ale. Cheers, kampai!
9. Be a Maester and own a library. Of ASOIAF-related stuff.
I know our Great Lord Writer GRRM also gets bored, or tired, or sick of writing this ponderous tale we call A Song of Ice and Fire. Thus he also writes some other stuff like the Tales of Dunk and Egg, about Ser Duncan The Tall and his squire and friend, the young Aegon V. Then instead of the Winds of Winter, GRRM presented The Wits and Wisdom of Tyrion Lannister. Others still has their own analysis, reviews or commentaries about the book or the series.
- The Lands of Ice and Fire, a boxed collection of twelve A Song of Ice and Fire map posters, stretching from Westeros to Asshai.
- The World of Ice and Fire, a companion volume to the A Song of Ice and Fire novels. (TBA)
- A Game of Thrones (comics), adaptation of A Game of Thrones.(2011 – ongoing)
- A Feast of Ice and Fire, a cookbook of recepies of dish and meals from Westeros and Essos presented in the five books of the novel.(2012)
- A Game of Groans, Parody about the Song of Ice and Fire series.(TBA)
- Beyond the Wall, collection of essays, exploring the series influences and narrative choices.(TBA)
10. Learn the Dothraki or Valyrian languages. Or at the very least their quips and curses.
My favorite would be “(The) Others take my wife” by our late king Robert. Seven hells! Seven Gods! Then, eventhough this is not a quip, I really like the Night’s Watch. I swear I like them, by the old gods and the new.
11. Collect the collectibles.
From HBO themselves you can have your petrified dragon eggs, Littlefinger’s mockingjay pin, sword letter opener, and more! Or you want these Funko Vinyl figures of your beloved characters! Take note, Lord Ned’s head is detachable.
12. Theorize and debate with others through the forums.
Yes, and here’s a good start (WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD): http://asoiaf.westeros.org/index.php/topic/96477-theories-we-hope-arent-true/
So many things to do to quench our GOT thirst, but then, March 2014 please come already, please, please.