Rage Quitting TV Shows: 5 Times I Broke My Vow

Hello, my name is Sabienna, and I am a reactionary television viewer.

There is no way of knowing the exact number of times I have been sitting on the couch watching my favorite show when suddenly something so horrible, ridiculous or downright offensive happened that my mild-mannered Bruce Banner persona slipped away only to be replaced by a monster made of pure, unadulterated rage. No one is safe when this happens. Not my family members, not my friends, not even the internet. My feelings, which are many and varied ranging from “How could the writers do this to ME!” to “This fictional person would never be this cruel/dumb/dead, so shut up, show!” to the most prominent: “I WILL NEVER WATCH THIS SHOW AGAIN” are spewed indiscriminately at who or whatever is closest to me. I admit, it is not the best way to deal with my TV inspired emotions, but I have learned to live with knowing my first reaction will transform me into a character from a Gelato commercial. Thoughtful commentary only comes after a cooling off period.

What I have a harder time dealing with is my complete and total lack of follow through. It is a rare occasion a show makes me so mad that I actually stop watching it for keeps (I’m looking at you, Big Love), but more often than not like a drunken brother from The Night’s Watch who wanders into town on a lonely night, I almost always break my vows, leaving me to sheepishly apologize to all of the poor people who had to listen to my not so eloquent, angry speechifying. Here are six of my most egregious take-backs:

Game of Thrones: That Time the Writers Lost Their Minds

Let us start with the most recent show I had a dramatic Twitter break-up with: Game of Thrones. A week after the now infamous Jaime/Cersei scene in episode three, I was livid. In fact, when I think about it, I still get livid. As a fan of the books and a writer who is most interested in discussing female characters and how they are depicted onscreen, I am appalled by the scene, the commentary from Benioff and Weiss and the unnecessary violence added to a series already teaming with violence

However, a week later I considered the amount of enthusiasm I have for the characters and the series, and I had to quietly admit defeat. I can still be angry, but I cannot quit Westeros…especially when I know certain things are coming up that I desperately need to see played out somewhere outside of my imagination. I am a weak, weak person. And I need Brienne, Arya, Sansa, Dany and Tyrion in my life. More than that, I want to be a part of the conversation on how this series indulges in violence against women or uses violence in general as a schadenfreude narrative device playing on the darkest, most worrying impulses of viewers. I cannot do anything if I completely shut it out (although, if you did decide to quit after that episode, I do not blame you one bit). However, I’m carrying on, even if they did take one of my favorite scenes and turn into something awful with very little acknowledgement that what they did was bad (yes, I am still bitter).

Supernatural: That Time Sam Had No Soul And I Was Sick Of It

I cannot believe I am about to fess up to this because it is legitimately the second silliest rage quitting I have ever perpetrated (the first is coming up). In the world of Supernatural, there are Dean girls, Cas girls and Sam girls. I am a Sam girl. Also, a Bobby girl. So midway through season six’s torturous soulless Sam arc when Sam attempted to kill Bobby in order to keep from being re-souled, my anger reached maximum levels before flying off the logic chart into crazy town.

I turned off the TV mid-episode, and blasted off a message with typos and capslock to my fellow Supernatural fans demanding to know if Sam killed Bobby. Because if Sam killed Bobby, I absolutely was never, ever, ever getting back together with Supernatural. Sam did not kill Bobby and I watched the very next episode as if nothing had ever happened.

Once Upon a Time: That Time No One Realized Erasing An Entire Lifetime Is Horrifying

Hey, remember that time August died and rather than let him rest in peace, a fairy brought him back to life as a child with no memory of the life he lived and everyone pretended that was a happy ending? Well, I was over in a corner glaring at my TV set and mumbling about stripping people of their identities, playing God and the taking away of a character’s agency in favor of the falsest happy ending of all time.

I had to set a few episodes out after August’s death both to recover from the awfulness of the way it was handled and the mind scarring CGI.

Lost: That Time Locke Punched Charlie While Everyone Watched

Okay, this is my most embarrassing TV induced fit of rage ever. Despite having one of the silliest endings of all time, Lost remains my absolute favorite television series. I love it dearly. I can quote the most obscure quotes and list all of the episodes in order from memory. Lost was, is and always will be the series that made me want to write about TV. But back in season two our journey almost came to a premature end.

The episode was “Fire + Water,” and Charlie was suffering from hallucinations and sleepwalking. Granted, he was overstepping where Claire was concerned, but the guy was in the midst of withdrawals. While sleepwalking, he took Aaron to “baptize him.” It was not an intentional thing, it was actually never explained if Charlie’s issues were from withdrawal symptoms or island weirdness because the entire Aaron is special plotline was dropped like every other mystery. That is not the point. The point is Locke beat Charlie in front of the entire group and everyone turned their backs on him, including Hurley and I still sob whenever I see that scene. I never wanted to watch Lost again, but of course I did. I watched the next episode, but I never forgave Locke. True story.

The Walking Dead: That Time…Well There Have Been A Lot of Times

I have rage quit The Walking Dead so many times, I don’t even believe me when I say I won’t watch it anymore. I stopped after episode three because I thought it was ridiculous for Rick to go back to Atlanta for Merle. I stopped after the season one finale because I thought it was dull. I stopped again when it looked like they would never leave the farm, but at that point Shane was still around to voice all of my frustrations about everyone else’s inability to realize they were having an apocalypse. The Andrea arc was the real kicker though. I know I am the only person on the internet who loved Andrea, but when they had her leave that stupid truck so The Governor could conveniently kidnap her I spent the entire following week ranting about it. When she waited until the last possible moments to pick up those stupid pliers to save herself only to get bitten anyway? Oh, I was dunzo.

Then I remembered how much I enjoy watching the walkers eat all of the main cast members who aren’t Andrea and I jumped back on the nonsensical zombie train. Our relationship is complicated, don’t judge.


I fessed up to my kneejerk vows to never watch a series again. Have you ever quit watching a series in a fit of rage only to go back to watching it like nothing happened? Don’t be shy, this is a safe zone. Share your TV Hulk out moments below.

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