I think Emma Swan speaks for all of us this week.
It’s been a rough week to be a TV fan. I expect emotional devastation from sweeps weeks, but the middle of March is supposed to be a time of filler episodes and lighter fare before the angst of season finales begins. However, there is no denying that this week has been one of the worst in recent memory in terms of depressing television episodes.
(Just as a warning, the rest of this post is going to be heavy on the spoilers—not just for things that have aired but for things that are to come on a variety of shows.)
Here’s a just a quick rundown of all of the heartbreaking things that have happened on my favorite TV shows in the last seven days (in chronological order):
• Anastasia was killed on Once Upon a Time in Wonderland.
• James was shot and died a slow, painful death on Scandal, and Jake continued down a dark path that I’m not sure he’ll ever come back from.
• On Once Upon a Time, Charming imagined a life where Emma got the childhood she was supposed to have, Snow looked less like the amazing Snow from Season One than ever before (the real tragedy of this week’s episode), and the promo for next week hints that things aren’t looking too good for Neal.
• Will was killed in shocking and stunning fashion on The Good Wife, and I’m not sure any of us who watched it will ever recover from Kalinda, Diane, and Eli’s reactions.
• Castle is going on hiatus until the end of April.
• New Directions ended on Glee.
• Nick and Jess broke up on New Girl.
• Brooklyn Nine-Nine is over until the fall, eliminating one of my TV “happy places” from my viewing schedule.
• Deacon is going to find out about his girlfriend sleeping with Rayna’s ex-husband tonight on Nashville.
And that’s not even counting the sadness I’ve experienced secondhand from friends who watch TV shows I don’t, such as Teen Wolf.
Needless to say, I think we’re all a little shell-shocked this week, so I want to make this post a place to come and commiserate together, share your sadness, and offer each other your best tips on surviving TV weeks from hell (as a former Alias and Lost fan, I have developed my own tried and true coping mechanisms over the years—usually involving chocolate). Consider this one big group therapy session for all of us overly-invested TV fans.
To start you off, here’s something that always cheers me up: