With the seventh season of Game of Thrones not set to premiere until this summer, do you find yourself longing for Westeros? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. If you’re finding yourself with a GOT-shaped hole in your TV schedule this spring, try checking out some of these other binge-worthy shows.
If you’re missing the politics of King’s Landing, take a look at #6 and #3. If it’s the grand battles, swordplay, and call of blood that you’re longing for, then #8, #5 and #1 will definitely be right down your ally.
This time traveling science fiction miniseries might just be what you need to hold you over until you can take your own trip back to Westeros. Based on the book by Stephen King, it’s about a man who travels back to try and prevent the JFK assassination, only to jeopardize his mission by becoming too attached to the life he builds in the past.
9. Better Call Saul
This critically acclaimed prequel to Breaking Bad returns to AMC in April for its third season. The dark comedy follows the early years of small-time lawyer Saul Goodman, six years before his appearance on Breaking Bad. If you’re a fan of the original show, be sure to keep an eye out for familiar faces making guest appearances.
This Netflix series based on the Marvel comic book character of the same name follows the story of Matt Murdock, a lawyer by day, masked vigilante by night who, by the way, also happens to be blind. GOT fans will enjoy the brutal fights Daredevil finds himself in, as well as the gray moral areas Matt finds himself confronting as he lives his dual life.
HBO has long been known for its critically acclaimed dramas, and Deadwood played a big part in establishing that reputation. Set in the 1870’s, it follows the growth of Deadwood, South Dakota from a small camp to town and featured many historical figures appearing as characters, such as Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane, and Wyatt Earp. Oh, and the “F” bomb is dropped 43 times in the first hour of the show. Just saying.
6. House Of Cards
Game of Thrones is as much about court politics and machinations as it is about sword fights and dragons, and this Netflix political drama starring Kevin Spacey is all about the quest for power. One reviewer described it as such: “Deeply cynical about human beings as well as politics and almost gleeful in its portrayal of limitless ambition.” Sound like a certain golden family you might know?
5. Into The Badlands
This AMC series just premiered its second season in March, and if you’re a fan of sword fights and/or martial arts, this show is tailor-made for you. In a post-apocalyptic world, a few barons rule a territory known as the Badlands with the help of lethal, sword-toting fighters called Clippers. As a review described it, “The action scenes are not just stirringly presented, they represent a test passed with flying, and bloody, colors.”
4. The Leftovers
The third and final season of this HBO series is now airing, so now’s the time to binge-watch the first two so you’re ready for the big finale. The show is set three years after the inexplicable, simultaneous disappearance of 140 million people, called the “Sudden Departure,” and follows Kevin Garvey, chief of police in the fictional town of Mapleton, New York, and his family.
Set in the 1st century BC, Rome follows two Roman soldiers during ancient Rome’s transition from Republic to Empire. Like Game Of Thrones, it features a large cast that chronicled the rise and fall of the rich, powerful, and historically significant, as well as the everyday lives and deeds of the common man.
You don’t hear the phrase “science fiction western thriller” to describe a TV show that often, but Westworld is no ordinary television show. The fictional Westworld is a technologically-advanced wild west theme park run by lifelike android hosts. This blending of the futuristic meets wild west has helped make Westworld’s first season rank as the most-watched of an HBO original series ever.
1. The Walking Dead
This AMC drama that follows a group of survivors after a worldwide zombie apocalypse just wrapped its seventh season. It’s well known for complex story arcs following its many characters, as well as lots of bloody violence. Sound like another certain show that we know, love and are missing? With seven seasons under its belt, there are plenty of walkers to be chopped, smashed, sliced, diced, squashed, chipped, well you get the picture.
You may already be a big fan of some of these shows, but hopefully, we’ve given you at least a few options to help fill the void until we can make the trip back to Westeros. These shows touch on many of the same themes Game of Thrones does – politics, religion, killing things with something sharp and pointy. The only things we’re missing are the dragons. You just can’t replace dragons.
Do you have any favorite shows that you think we should have included in this list? Be sure to let us know what you think, and share this post with your friends who are also missing GOT this spring.