An illustrated scientific and
Our studies have proven that this is a traumatic and intense process that goes through many shared stages:
First stage - PREPARATION
Fangirls gird their loins, square their shoulders and prepare mentally for the ordeal at hand. This preparation frequently involves caffeine, alcohol, pictures of shirtless Dean and Sam, other fangirls, and chocolate.
Lots of chocolate.
Second stage - TREPIDATION
Having been tortured with teasers and spoilers for the last few months, fangirls' blood pressure is usually somewhere up around the life-threatening level at this point.
Third stage - CARRY ON MY WAYWARD SON
Fourth stage - UNDIVIDED ATTENTION
As the show gets underway, the fangirl is deaf and blind to anything else going on around her. Partners are advised not attempt to instigate a conversation, sexual intercourse or any other form of social interaction during this time.
Fifth stage - AGGRAVATION
By this point in proceedings, some character in the show is being unreasonable or generally just being a dick, and fangirls are wont to show their displeasure at such individual.
Planet-wide cries of 'jerk', 'douchebag', and/or 'assbutt' are quite common during this stage.
Sixth stage - FRUSTRATION
Why didn't Dean blow the big bad's brains out when he got the chance?
Why didn't Sam stay with the demon they left tied up with a flimsy bit of rope?
Why hasn't Castiel snogged Dean yet?
Seventh stage - CONNIPTION
The fangirls' coping mechanisms are burning out by this stage. Planet Earth's ambient temperature has been known to rise at least one degree at times like this. Supernatural has been cited as a leading cause of global warming.
Fangirls have been known to lose their mind ...
And even their shoes on occasion.
Eighth stage - DEVASTATION
Dean produces the OPT ...
And every fangirl produces a few to keep it company.
Stage nine - STUPEFACTION
OMG - it's all over, and ...
This is a phenomenon know as the 'fangirl boggle' when the eyes are the only part of the body that seem capable of independent movement until the brain recovers from its trauma and re-engages.
Can also be identified as the 'beaten around the head with a concrete paving-slab' moment ...
Stage ten - DEJECTION
The fangirls' laments can be heard slightly more coherently during this stage.
No, surely not ...?
It can't be ...?
They can't do that, can they ...?
Stage eleven - EXPLOSION
A period of anger; during this stage, fangirls tend to give over coherency to volume.
WHAT THE HELL HAVE THOSE SODS DONE TO THE BOYS THIS TIME?
Stage twelve - RESIGNATION
A period of helplessness; whatever they've done, there's nothing the fangirls can do about it ...
Stage thirteen - COMPLETE AND UTTER DESTRUCTION
Fangirls have likened this stage to feeling like their heart has been ripped out of their chest.
Stage fourteen - AWFUL REALISATION
The despair of realising that there are five months to go before anyone can find out what's going to happen next.
Stage fifteen - HIBERNATION
And that's where the fandom comes in ...
Welcome to ... HELLATUS.
What on earth will the fangirls do to fill the time?
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