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You just watched the season finale of your favorite TV show. Whether that show be Doctor Who, Sherlock, Supernatural or just about any other dramatic television show, it invariably left you feeling a little bit (or a lot) sad and emotionally drained. Comedy shows can also leave you feeling disappointed, heck, How I Met Your Mother has been doing that to us for weeks! Point is, we’ve all been there.

You now have to wait anywhere from months to a whole year to see the next season. While it’s never good to obsess over anything for long, it’s hard to simply walk away at the end of an episode once the screen goes black. So, while you wait for next season’s premiere, here is a list of ways you can recover from the finale and prepare yourself. 

1. If you are left on a cliffhanger: speculate about the plot.

The best way to do this is to turn to sites like Tumblr, or, right here on Hypable for the user-submitted theories and opinions. People approach problems differently, so someone might look at a cliffhanger from a different angle than you. This is not only a great way to get a new perspective, but it’s fun to see what other people come up with. If you’re a fan of Sherlock, you’re probably trying to figure out how he survived the fall. I’ve read many different pieces suggesting one way or another, some meticulously thought out, some ridiculous, but it makes the return of the show that more exciting. 

2. Rewatch the season, looking for clues or foreshadowing you forgot.

Did a character jokingly hint to something like this happening? Was this a character’s worst nightmare come true? When we watch episodes for the first time throughout the season, we don’t catch these kinds of things. It’s only when we go back to rewatch the season over the break that we get that “ah-ha!” moment. For an example of this, see: Supernatural (and, well, Harry Potter). Hindsight is 20/20, people.

3. Do some online snooping.

Is your favorite guest star returning? Is the show filming in a strange or new location? These clues can help you figure out a very general idea about what is coming up for the next season. The closer next season’s premiere gets, the more clues there will be; see what you can find. IMDB.com is a great site to look at actors’ resumes because it says what projects they are working on, are in pre-production, etc. So, I’m sorry to say, if the actor of your favorite character is signed on to do a movie the same time the show is shooting, I don’t think you can expect them in the new episodes.

4. Eat and cry a little.

It’s called “comfort food” for a reason. Pull out the “only for emergencies” ice cream, bag of M&Ms, whatever floats your boat. If it was a particularly tumultuous episode for you to watch, there’s nothing wrong with indulging yourself. Personally, I won’t lie, I cry after watching the series finale of Gilmore Girls every time, and then proceed to help myself to anything that would make me feel better that that moment. Hey, if it works, that’s all that matters, right?

5. Turn to friends and other people in the fandom for comfort.

They understand, because they’re there, too. It helps to have a friend who is just as obsessed with a show as you are, to text/message/tweet incomprehensible garble to them. Entertainment websites post recaps of popular shows the day after, and you can find many die-hard fans in the comments section. There will always be people who agree with you, but, there will also be people who disagree with you.

6. Accept that a person died/left/lost their memory, etc.

It’s hard to accept sometimes, but you can’t change the past. Unless the show has not been renewed for the next season, have some confidence in the showrunners and writers to most likely provide an explanation either during the hiatus, or during the next season, why that-thing-you-didn’t-like happened. Unless it was a complete surprise to viewers, hopefully you’ve had some time to prepare. We’ve known for months, but I still don’t know how I’m going to be able to watch Amy and Rory’s last episode on Doctor Who.

  • DreamNox58

    This is a wonderful post but what about if your show was cancelled after only a season?  I think I have eaten all the Ice Cream I can at the moment.

    • Jamie

      Misery loves company, check out Brilliant but Cancelled, a lovely site highlighting shows that were gone before their time.

  • http://forgiveyourmind.tumblr.com/ Tariq

    I plan on watching Once Upon A time over, and over, and over! 

  • notenoughpuff

    I fill the void with endless fanfiction.

  • Nitzan

    Best thing to do to help you recover: move on directly to another fandom! I moved from Doctor Who to Torchwood to Sherlock to Community, watched all the seasons in a row.
    Also: Fanfiction.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3W4DVWP6DTEP3THQMNTGTR3TKE Sierra

      And then you watch ALL the shows you’re interested in and they’re ALL on hiatus at the same time.
      Lucky for me, I’m still working my way through Smallville and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. So… I know how I’m spending my summer while I wait for my other shows to return.

      • http://twitter.com/VeronicaADuff Veronica Duff

        I’m just about to finish up the Buffyverse; two more episodes of Buffy season 7 and a few more in Angel season 4, then season 5, of course. I started watching after I got caught up on Supernatural. Smallville is on my future list, Lol.

  • Adr1s

    What I do is that I turn people into de fandom so I’m not the only one waiting hahahaha

  • KatyR

    I’m going to need this when the Game of Thrones season finale airs next week. :’(

    • XpChrispX

      Read the books!

      • stark447

        But then once you finish A Dance with Dragons…. You’re back to the same place. 

  • belac889

    Can Hypable start a fourms section

    • XpChrispX

      That would be Amazing!

  • applepie

    Revenge has caused all of these symptoms.

  • blackkiko

    For 6 think the lost their memory part was directed at Alias

    • blackkiko

      I meant I think

  • MJW

    oh dear god, Sherlock is STILL giving me feels. I just can’t anymore. Thank you for these coping strategies.

  • BronzeSparks123

    I know this probably isn’t one of the shows you were talking about, but I LOVE abc’s Revenge, and have been obssesing over it since Wensday. I went off on a rant to one of my frineds that doesn’t even watch the show lol

    • stark447

      I KNOW! 
      So many loose ends, what with Amanda’s “surprise”, Emily’s mom, Victoria, and Charlotte…
      GAH! September seems so far away :(

      • BronzeSparks123

        I have NEVER been so excited for September,  but I can not wait for Revenge to come back :)

    • WeasleyWrock

      Well, one of the “dead” people at the end of the finale survived.  Some people think this is actually referring to Mrs. Clarke, but most people think that out of Victoria, Charlotte, and Lydia, one survived.  Can’t believe the real Emily’s back.  I can’t stand her.  As for real Amanda’s family, tons of people think Nolan’s really her brother, and that’s why her father trusted him.

      • BronzeSparks123

        I think both victoria and Mrs. Clark are alive, beucase the show can’t be done without Victoria, and Mrs. Clark being alive would be a great storyline for the next season.  Charlotte is probably also going to live, but I don’t know if Lydia will or not, I can see it going either way.  I was so surprised when real Emily came back!  I sort of half belive that it is not Jack’s baby, but either way I really want Emily to get back togehter with Daniel!  I know she probably won’t, but  she needs an in with the Grayson right?  So there is a cahnce? lol.  Anyway I never thought about Nolan being her brother, but it could definatly be true, they look enough alike!

  • Dreamer

    I know this was years ago but I was traumatized by the whole Zack thing on Bones. And I still sorta feel this way about the 10th doctor cuz I just got into doctor who over christmas so it’s a fresh wound for me. Sherlock is driving me crazy! I just watched the season finale yesterday (i’m a bit behind…) and GAH! Oh and Suits! I hated that cliffhanger at the end of season one!

    One of my coping strategies is to get into a new series. That way I can get distracted and the time between the end of the season and the beginning of another doesn’t seem so long.

  • snuffles44


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