Game of Thrones ended in a way that fans were not expecting. The show had a great storyline going before it was ruined, but hey, mistakes happen. Can we go back in time and tell D&D to focus on Game of Thrones more? George R.R. Martin himself said that the show could have run for eight more seasons, but unfortunately, it didn’t. We saw a brave Tyrion Lannister at the Battle of Blackwater and a coward version of him at the Great War. Daenerys turned into a wrathful and merciless creature from a kind and compassionate lady.
Well, Game of Thrones couldn’t run forever and what's done is done. I've listed ten shows that you should give a go if you want to continue the vibe you had in the initial and middle seasons of Game of Thrones. Swords clanging in the air and shoved deep in the enemy's heart. Warriors roaring and killing. Drama and suspense. You’ll see all of these elements in every show listed below.
10. Black Sails
Black Sails is a prequel to Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel, Treasure Island. The show is set two decades before the events in that book. The cinematography, water scenes, and location work, you'd think you were watching video clips of real pirates. Another reason for the popularity of Black Sails are the well-written characters.
The story revolves around a crew of pirates led by Captain Flint, their conflicts in New Providence Island, and their journeys here and there. Some real life pirates (like Blackbeard) are also fictionalized. You should give this a go.
This show only ran two seasons, but that's enough to entertain you so freaking much. This show is set in the 1st century BC during ancient Rome’s transition from Republic to Empire. Just like Black Sails, some real historical figures appear in this show.
The story of this historical drama primarily revolves around two soldiers, Titus Pullo and Lucius Vorenus. These are the fictionalized soldiers mentioned in Caesar's Commentarii de Bello Gallico. If you watch this show, you will totally get the Game of Thrones vibe.
8. The Borgias
The Borgias is a historical fiction drama created by Neil Jordan. It debuted in 2011, but was cancelled in 2013 due to expensive productions. The show has 29 episodes over its 3 seasons.
The story is about the Borgia Family, who rise in the ranks in the Roman Catholic Church and struggle to maintain their power. A rivalry develops between the Borgia Family and Giuliano della Rovere after the latter lost the papal election to Rodrigo Borgia.
Like Lord of the Rings, Spartacus was produced in New Zealand. This series was inspired by Spartacus, an actual Thracian gladiator, and best known as the titular character played by Kirk Douglas in Stanley Kubrick's 1960 film. Unfortunately, Andy Whitfield who played Spartacus in the series was diagnosed with early-stage non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and died on September 11, 2011, so Starz produced a six-episode prequel mini-series named Spartacus: Gods of the Arena.
If you want to watch Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings all in one, Merlin is your best bet. Like Game of Thrones, there are dragons, but they are not ferocious beasts. Apart from that, Merlin is an action-packed adventure series that's an ideal binge-watch.
The story is about the friendship between Merlin and the future King Arthur and their adventures in the city of Camelot. Arthur’s father bans the use of magic and things get tricky for Merlin.
5. The Witcher
The Witcher is more like Supernatural than Game of Thrones because the Witcher (aka Geralt of Rivia) hunts down different creatures like Sam and Dean Winchester. However, the Winchester brothers don’t get paid for the huntings. We get to see Superman, Henry Cavill, in the role of the Witcher.
The show has a decent storyline with some cool characters. It has war, blood, and bodies dropping one by one. Anyone who has played The Witcher video games will definitely enjoy this show.
4. The Last Kingdom
The Last Kingdom never got much attention, which is too bad. The show has a really compelling storyline and the characters are fantastic, especially the main character, Uhtred of Bebbanburg. The show begins with Vikings attacking Bebbanburg and Earl Ragnar adopting a young Uhtred, raising him as his own child.
I am not gonna spoil the story for you, but The Last Kingdom has total Game of Thrones vibes. No dragons, witches, or wights, though.
What if you wanted time travel, romance, and a thrilling story? Well, Outlander is perfect for you. The story primarily focuses on the character of Claire Fraser, a nurse and later a doctor during World War II. She's sent back in time to 1743 and to survive, she marries Jaime Fraser, a strapping Scot warrior with a deep past.
You should watch this show with your wife or girlfriend, if possible. The storyline is alluring and good enough to keep you from getting bored.
2. The Tudors
The Tudors is a historical fiction series set primarily in 16th century England. The show features a couple of popular familiar faces in Henry Cavill and Natalie Dormer (Margaery Tyrell in Game of Thrones).
This show focuses on the early years of King Henry VIII’s 38-year reign of England. We meet Henry’s famous female companions like Catherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn and delves into his relationships with important figures like Sir Thomas More, Cardinal Wolsey, and Charles Brandon, the First Duke of Suffolk who was Henry’s best friend and unofficial adviser.
Vikings is constantly compared to Game of Thrones. The story primarily revolves around the brutal world of Ragnar Lothbrok, however there are so many other great characters. If someone asks me what they should watch after Game of Thrones, I’d say Vikings without a second thought. It’s dope.
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