‘Game of Thrones’ Mon-Sat: 6 Ways to Survive the Gap
With Game of Thrones back on the air for its fourth season, fans can finally get their fill of tense feuds, powerful battles, bigger dragons, and all the same quality viewing experience that the series has delivered so far. No more waiting to see how things turn out with the few Starks left, or with the recently dubbed Reek. And what about Jaime Lannister finally back in the castle? No more waiting.
If only that were true. The series may be back, but there are still the grueling waits between each episode — and let’s not forget the occasional Sunday when a new episode doesn’t air. There’s still plenty of downtime when we’re trying get our Game of Thrones fix, even during the season. Luckily, there are plenty of waits to enjoy Westeros while you wait. Here are just six options.
1. Read the books
This is probably the biggest no-brainer for any fan of the series, and also probably one of the most common coping techniques for Tyrion withdrawal. There are five full volumes available: A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows, and A Dance with Dragons. On top of that, there are another seven novellas available.
Naturally, you should be prepared for a lot of spoilers for the show. Since the show is based on the books, the latest editions are naturally further along in the plot than the series. Also, not everything matches up between the books and television series, so don’t expect Westeros to be exactly the same.
A word of warning: If you read all of the books too fast, you may run into an even worse problem than the one you experience between seasons of the show. George R.R. Martin, prolific as he is, is notorious for taking a long time between written installments, so you may find yourself waiting even longer and more painfully after finishing A Dance with Dragons.