©October 2010 by Fabienne Lopez
So what are we True Blood fanatics to do now that season 3 is over and we have to wait until next summer? And no new from volume in the series from Charlaine Harris either. No way to get a quick fix to tie me over until June or July 2011 when season 4 starts.
What is a die hard follower of the show to do? Manage it’s withdrawal symptoms. How? A 5 step program that will help any “True Blood” fanatic deal with the temporary absence of their favorite show. Hopefully with more success than any starlet on her most recent stint at rehab.
Step One: Find other True Believers and create a support group. Seriously. Nothing better than to have a group of your peers where you can talk to your heart’s content about the show, the actors, the costumes, the plot developments. Speculate what will happen in the next season, what you want to happen. Share the pain of withdrawal. Meetings can be scheduled weekly, biweekly, monthly or as many times as you need to help you through the wait of a new season. I suggest holding the meetings on Sunday nights, in order to avoid anxiety. Don’t forget to institute sponsors in case of emergency relapses.
Step Two: Is kind of obvious. In addition to create support groups, another way to manage your withdrawal symptoms is to watch the past seasons on DVD. It is a good way to buff up on your trivia knowledge, catch up on details you had forgotten or not previously noticed. Turn it into a game and see how many details and minutia can you discover that you had not noticed before. But the cherry on top is to be able to watch back to back episodes without commercials, intervals and other forms of interruptions.
Step Three: Read the books. Catch up on what is going to happen next in the adventures of Sookie, Bill and Eric. If you are so inclined, you can also read complementary materials on the world of vampires, shape-shifters and faeries. Mythology, Archetypes across the world and across centuries. Also you can go back and read the classics, like Anne Rice, Bram Stoker.
Step Four: Participate in Bulletin Board, Fan clubs. Create some fan games and polls. Give yourself and other devotees the opportunity to speculate what will happen next. Will Tara find love? Will Jason marry Crystal? Will Sookie fall in love with Alcide now that she has rescinded the invitation to her house to both Bill and Eric? Is King Russell really dead? Is Lafayette and Jesus still be partners in crime next season? Is Claudine going to reveal Sookie’s ancestry? What is going to happen to Sookie’s cousin Hadley and her son? Or even Pam? Will Hoyt and Jessica finally be together? What other supernatural beings besides, shifters, vampires, witches, fairies, werewolves will show up? The possibilities are infinite.
Step Five: Organize a petition to HBO and Alan Ball asking them to extend the seasons. Make them feel your pain, your suffering. Help them put themselves in your shoes. Vampire blood is very addictive. Would they expect you to stop watching the show cold turkey and not experience any withdrawal symptoms? Just impossible! Point out that most withdrawal treatments are based on weaning their patient slowly. They need to do their part.
Not a very realistic scenario, but it will help dealing with the wait.
And if none of the above works? I don’t know. What you would suggest?
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