You're devastated. Heartbroken. Angry. You've binge-watched 24 episodes of a series in two days and now you're left with... nothing. Not to worry: lots of people are in the same boat as you. In fact, 44% of people we spoke to as part of our Binge Files survey revealed they felt a sense of loss when their favourite series ended. How to cope? Watch more, naturally. Thanks to Go Binge.
When a relationship ends, it’s heartbreaking. Devastating. Maddening. We cry and scream and write aggressive emails that we never have the courage to send. We eat too much chocolate or drink too much tequila and it takes time for us to recover and feel like ourselves again.
Turns out, we go through a similar process when our favourite series ends: according to Netflix, it takes a few days to cool off after bidding adieu to a show we’ve spent weeks (OK, an intense weekend) with.
Our comprehensive Binge Files report – y’know, the one where we went all around the UK, surveying people’s TV-watching habits – shows similar findings: 44% of those surveyed said they felt a sense of loss when their favourite series ended.
Good Morning Britain psychologist Jo Hemmings told us that binge-watching is the most rewarding of ‘guilty pleasures’.
And sometimes, when our TV-show-of-choice has ended, we’re forced to realise we’ve been so immersed in on-screen drama, we’ve been avoiding our actual stresses IRL. Like studying for those final exams. Prepping job apps. Dealing with getting back out there when we’re nursing some post-breakup blues. Quick, let’s find a new show to watch pronto.
Here are the essential rules to help you get over the grief of your fave show ending…
Get back in the game (aka find a new show to enjoy)
You’ve raced ahead and watched every episode of Narcos in a week only to find that you’re halfway through the last one and are starting to feel utterly despondent – are you actually going to have to start going out and socialising IRL now that you have no show to come home to? Ha. Please. (Thankfully, in the case of Narcos, there’s a new series debuting in September so only a few weeks of struggle to bear).
We’ve created the non-stop-streaming-without-running-out-of-data-service Go Binge, ensuring you can easily find your next TV addiction courtesy of Netflix or TVPlayer. With thousands of shows and movies to choose from – and infinite watching potential without using up your data courtesy of yours truly – breaking up won’t be so hard to do with a rebound show at your fingertips. And then another. And another. Plus, Netflix even recommends shows for you based on your previous viewing, so it knows what you’re looking for in a TV relationship.
Let the music cure you
Real-life relationship breakups always need a good breakup song – or 10 – to help us get over our SO. Music cures. And it’s also part of our unlimited streaming deal: we’ve teamed up with Deezer and SoundCloud to ensure non-stop tunes with no data charges. Don’t want to be all by myself anymore…
Distract yourself by doing something else
Like pottery. Or gardening. Or spring cleaning your phone. Venting obsessively about your TV-show-ending dilemma on Twitter (and finding like-minded souls who can commiserate with you, speculating about next-season spoilers or cast changes).
Also – and this may be the most meta distraction ever invented – a fidget-spinner app exists (App Store, Google Play, free). It even made it to the top of the App Store charts a few months ago. Anything to take your mind off your gloominess, right?
Or you can fall down the rabbit hole that is celeb Google-stalking and find out everything you can, for example, about The Crown‘s Matt Smith’s personal life. And then watch every other show and movie that your fave actors, aka Matt Smith, have ever been in. Spoiler alert: we’ve done this and it really helps.
Know that you’re not alone
In a New York Times article called the ‘Post-Binge-Watching Blues: A Malady of Our Times’, writer Matthew Schneier described how he felt when he finished the final episode of Master of None, series one:
“I felt anxious, wistful, bereft in advance; I’d eaten up nine episodes in only a few days, liking them more than I’d expected to.”
Feel the feels. And know that other people are going through exactly what you are right now. It’s OK to be utterly deflated when you’ve consumed the last episode of the show you love, and you won’t get anywhere by beating yourself up for that night you watched seven episodes in a row, staying up until 4am to do so.
Relive it all over again
Now this advice definitely doesn’t work for real-life relationship breakups. But it’s totally spot on when you’re nursing a television-related broken heart. Just relive your favourite show all over again. You may not want to do it the week after you’ve finished a series, but this works a couple of months, year or even several years down the line. And you end up finding things you enjoyed even more. Bonus points if you manage to re-watch a show you were planning to watch with your partner without them ever finding out you saw the show in the first place…