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The 17 Stages Of Your Favorite Show Ending

A series finale can feel like a death. But eventually, you will move on. Sling TV offers over 20 channels of live television, so you'll have no problem finding your new obsession.

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1. You've been waiting all summer for your favorite TV show to return.

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Sure, sunshine is fine. And hanging out with your friends can be cool sometimes, but let's be honest: It's all just filler. What you really care about is finding out who the father really is and whether anyone will object to that wedding.

2. Finally, it's back, and it's better than you ever dreamed of.

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Your on-screen crush grew out their hair over the break, and you're ALL about it.

3. Except for one small thing — it's the final season.

You've known for a little while now, but that doesn't make it easier. Time actually doesn't heal all wounds.
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You've known for a little while now, but that doesn't make it easier. Time actually doesn't heal all wounds.

4. At first, you try to ignore it.

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Don't think about it! Get lost in the storyline!!! Can you believe HE was the father? Gross. Why was she even hooking up with him in the first place? Her boyfriend named a BOAT after her. God, you hate her.

5. But every week, it gets closer.

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"It" being those two words that we all dread to hear: series finale.

6. You stop attending "screening parties" with your friends.

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You really need to focus on these last few episodes. You can't have any distractions. Plus, Morgan always talks through the whole thing, and it's super annoying.

7. But you DO participate in discussions about how it's going to end.

"This is so out of character for him! God... Jesus, he's just doing this because the show's ending! The writer is just tying up his story! THIS IS UNNATURAL! OH THE HUMANITY!"
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"This is so out of character for him! God... Jesus, he's just doing this because the show's ending! The writer is just tying up his story! THIS IS UNNATURAL! OH THE HUMANITY!"

8. You clear your schedule for the foreseeable future.

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No more recording it on your DVR and watching it later. You won't stand for spoilers in these, your dying days together.

9. You even start to vaguely acknowledge that there are other TV shows in the world.

When your co-worker tells you about this awesome new British post-apocalyptic drama that she's totally obsessed with, instead of your usual rejection, you smile and say that you'll check it out. And you almost mean it.
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When your co-worker tells you about this awesome new British post-apocalyptic drama that she's totally obsessed with, instead of your usual rejection, you smile and say that you'll check it out. And you almost mean it.

10. The stress of the final season starts to take a physical toll.

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Your friends don't bother asking. They know.

11. And then, it's time.

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The series finale airs and it's beautiful. Somebody dies. Somebody returns unexpectedly. You finally learn the name of one of the main characters.

12. You allow yourself to shed a few tears, and then you resolve to move on.

13. You try out that British post-apocalyptic drama.

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It's fine... Whatever.

14. You wonder what your favorite characters are doing now.

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Do they still get coffee at that one quirky café where everyone knows their name? Sure, they're "not real," but is anything real, really?

15. And you write some sad tweets about how it feels like something is missing.

16. In one moment of sheer desperation, you end up reading fanfic online.

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Can't. Stop. Googling. Fan. Theories.

17. Eventually, you make peace with it. After all, you can always watch the old episodes over and over.

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You realize that it is indeed better to have loved and lost... You will cherish the memories. You are a better person for having followed this story arc. You are ready to move on.

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