game of thrones

It’s almost here. After more than a full year of waiting, we’re mere days away from the return of Game of Thrones.

We’ll soon find out how long Cersei can maintain her place on the Iron Throne, whether Jamie can still tolerate his sister after the death of another of their children, what happens when Daenerys lands in Westeros, how Bran’s warging will connect to the rest of the plot, who Arya will kill next and where Jon Snow will lead his newly reunited crew of Northerners. There’s also Tyrion, Melisandre, The Hound, Sansa and Baelish, Theon and Yara and so much more.

And so the question is, how are we supposed to focus on anything else before Sunday?

Most of us have to go to work or school or fulfill some other responsibility between now and the GoT season premiere. That means we have to focus on things other than the fate of Westeros. Even as Cersei rules the realm and the White Walkers lurk on the other side of the wall.

Now maybe you haven’t reached the point of utter desperation, of breathless anticipation, of needing Game of Thrones to return right this second. But that’s probably just because you haven’t watched this trailer any time recently:

Or this one:

You’d think now that we’ve made it more than 12 whole months since the last Game of Thrones episode (June 26, 2016), a few more days would be nothing, but that’s not how it works. For the last year, our yearning for GoT has been a dull ache in the back of our collective heart, repressed by more immediate concerns. Now, with the show’s return in sight, the need for Thrones is atop our consciousness and the anticipation is intense.

It sure doesn’t help that it’s the middle of the summer, when there are few new movies, fewer new TV shows and no sports besides baseball. Until Thrones comes back, we’re stuck contemplating our own boring lives and whatever is the latest with Donald Trump Jr.

So yeah, 9 p.m. ET Sunday needs to arrive… ASAP.

About Alex Putterman

Alex is a writer and editor for The Comeback and Awful Announcing. He has written for The Atlantic, VICE Sports, MLB.com, SI.com, the Hartford Courant, Baseball Prospectus, Land of 10 and more. He is a proud alum of Northwestern University and The Daily Northwestern. You can find him on Twitter @AlexPutterman.