Game of Thrones, has been one of the most watched and most popular shows in the television history. The popularity and love that it got from the viewers is exceptional compared to other great shows.
Being a die hard fan of GOT and knowing that the season finale is around the corner can be quite disheartening. So here are a list of few shows that might keep you occupied until you find something that fills the hole that game of thrones will leave behind after its final season on April.
Vikings is an epic saga from the history channel has taken the television world by storm. The series is a historical drama that introduces us to the brutal and mysterious world of Ragnar Lothbrok, a warrior and farmer who yearns to explore and raid the distant shores across the ocean. It also slowly maps out how the Nordic warriors gave up their gods and adopted Christianity after centuries of warring and raiding. Wars fill the show with ax and shield battles and gory torture scenes.
Like Game of Thrones, Vikings can sometimes seem like there are no good guys, just people looking out for themselves but that is what makes it so compelling. Of course, there’s also tons of short building actions and some classic north mythologies that makes you want to dig deep more and more.
Genre: Drama, History, Action
Directed By: Michael Hirst
Starring: Gustaf Skarsgard, Katheryn Winnick, Alexander Ludwig, Travis Fimmel
Rome is a British American Italia historical drama television series that showcases Ancient Rome’s transition from Republic to Empire. The series primarily chronicles the lives and deeds of the rich, powerful, and historically significant. However, the series also focuses on the lives, fortunes, families, and acquaintances of 2 common men: Lucius Vorenus and Titus Pullo.
Like HBO’s fantasy hit Game of thrones, the 2005 series was a sprawling non-contemporary swords-and-shields drama with a large ensemble cast and plenty of violence and sex. It was extremely well written and acted, launching its cast into stardom. Rome was also quite expensive and shot overseas, just like Thrones.
Genre: Historical Drama
Directed By: Kevin McKidd, Bruno Heller
Starring: Kevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson, Polly Walker
3. THE LAST KINGDOM
“The Last Kingdom,” which premiered in 2015 on BBC Two and BBC America, is based on Bernard Cornwell’s “Saxon Stories” series of novels about 9th-century Britain. The show is beautifully layered with flawed and evolving characters, both Saxon and Dane, striving to be honorable in their own fashion, even though their different perspectives often put them at odds. The battles are action-packed, well-choreographed and feel true to the time period, though you might find yourself tiring of the ‘shield wall’ tactic by the end of season 2.
Like Thrones in the early days, the cavalry doesn’t always arrive in time. Nobody is safe, and the Grim Reaper swings his scythe often enough to make you fear for everyone involved, almost every minute they’re onscreen.
Genre: History, Drama
Directed By: Peter Hoar
Starring: Alexander Dreymon, Ian, David Dawson
4. THE TUDORS
Set in the 1500’s England, during the reign of King Henry the eighth, the show follows the drama surrounding henry’s family and inner circle. Beyond theological fissures and the dramatic restructuring of feudal economies, life in England during the 16th century continued to be distinguished by a stench no modern nose could easily sustain. In the show the fragility of life in 16th-century Europe is vividly rendered, as is the subservience of women — even among princesses and privileged members of elite. Children die or are taken away and raised by strangers, husbands are chosen by fathers and brothers, lovers spurn women without redress, and kings have absolute power even over their queens.
Like game of thrones the show features some steamy and illicit romances and affairs. The beheadings also seem similar in the situations and storyline.
Genre: History, Drama
Directed By: Charles Brandon
Starring: Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Henry Cavill, Anthony Brophy
5. THE 100
The 100 is an American post-apocalyptic Sci-Fi Dystopian drama television series which is based on the book series of the same name by Kass Morgan. After the earth was destroyed by a nuclear war, the remaining people put together a giant space station called the “Ark” into space to survive. Then after 97 years of living in space the counsel sends the 100 juvenile prisoners down to earth. Once they arrive, they are quick to set a “no law” system of government. The 100 realize they are not the only ones on earth and they quickly adapt to their new home.
Like Game of Thrones, the show contains plenty of betrayals and blood flooding reminiscent of a certain song of ice and fire. Similarly, David J Peterson, the man who created the Dothraki language on GOT also helped develop the language of the grounders in The 100.
Genre: Drama, Adventure, Mystery
Directed By: Jason Rothenberg
Starring: Eliza Taylor, Bob Morley, Marie Avgeropoulos