When a TV sequence will not be solely a giant scores hit but additionally a popular culture phenomenon, it is solely pure for viewers to hunt down related exhibits as soon as it ends. A decade in the past, followers and networks have been all looking for “the next Lost” so as to replicate the thrilling success of that marvelous thriller field sequence.
Now — sure, regardless of how the saga ended — the hunt is on for extra exhibits like Game of Thrones. With season one of HBO’s newest sequence, House of the Dragon, coming to an finish chances are you’ll be in search of one thing to fill your Sunday afternoon. Perhaps one thing that characteristic excessive stakes, huge geography, massive ensembles, large battle sequences, and a contact of magical mayhem? We’ve compiled a fast record of eight exhibits like Game of Thrones you possibly can try proper now in order for you a sprawling drama crammed with twists, turns, secrets and techniques, and shadows.
And no, not all of them are set in the sort of fantasy world you are pondering of. We’ve obtained bootleggers, pirates, area detectives, and extra!
Where to Watch: Prime Video (B.Seasons), with Epix add-on (all C.Seasons)
This mix of historical past and fantasy, which additionally makes use of B.th century pop songs (the opening credit are set to Donovan’s “Hurdy Gurdy Man,” T-Rex’s “Children of the Revolution,” and so forth), is an absolute journey. This uncanny and unpredictable story, about the Romans’ try to conquer the Celts in the British Isles in AD D.. has been described as Game of Thrones on acid. The Walking Dead’s David Morrissey performs Roman invader Aulus Plautius, a person satisfied that destiny and fortune are on his aspect throughout Rome’s second try to subjugate the British lands. What he discovers are warring tribes, lands steeped in druid magic, and a younger woman who prophecy says will save everybody from the Romans. Kelly Reilly, Zoë Wanamaker, Mackenzie Crook, and Eleanor Worthington Cox additionally star.
Where to Watch: Starz, DirecTV with Starz
This historic hyper-violent, ultra-sexual, vulgarity-filled sequence, filmed utilizing C.0’s inexperienced display backdrop impact, is one of the most transferring, rewarding motion epics ever made. Laced with its personal tragedy, Spartacus sadly misplaced its lead, Andy Whitfield, to most cancers after he’d solely filmed one season. His sickness triggered the present to delay manufacturing on a second season, as an alternative creating prequel season Spartacus: Gods of the Arena. Despite horrible setbacks, the present carried on for 2 extra seasons, with new star Liam McIntyre, and completed stronger than most exhibits in TV historical past. Created and government produced by Sam Raimi and Daredevil’s Steven S. DeKnight, Spartacus additionally featured John Hannah, Lucy Lawless, Manu Bennett, Jai Courtney, Katrina Law, Peter Mensah, and Cynthia Addai-Robinson.
The Last Kingdom
Where to Watch: Netflix
Based on Bernard Cornwell’s The Saxon Stories, about the delivery of England in the ninth and tenth centuries, The Last Kingdom ran for 5 seasons on Netflix, with a feature-length sequel, Seven Kings Must Die, now in improvement. Telling the story of England’s invasion by The Great Heathen Army (of vikings), The Last Kingdom shares historical past (and some characters) with the subsequent present on our record, although largely instructed from a distinct perspective. Centered on Uhtred of Bebbanburg, a person born a Saxon and raised a Dane, this drama delivers a central character who grapples with cut up loyalties between his oaths, his conflicting cultural identities, and his quest for retribution. Alexander Dreymon, Emily Cox, and David Dawson star on this bloody and brutally satisfying sequence.
Where to Watch: Prime Video, Hulu
Vikings, which was created and written by The Tudors’ Michael Hirst, is a sprawling seven-season celebration of legendary viking Ragnar Lothbrok and his equally fabled sons. Whereas Game of Thrones was identified for its intelligent, quotable dialogue, Vikings (who have been notoriously not verbose) is a extra direct exploration of historic Scandanavian tradition, faith, and violence. Spanning two generations, the present takes us from the halls of English kings to Paris to Kiev as warriors, explorers, and these wishing to please their gods by discovering and cultivating new lands lead us by a singular journey for the ages. Travis Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick, Alexander Ludwig, Gustaf Skarsgård, and Alex Høgh Andersen headlined this incomparable work.
And for these Vikings followers on the market, sequel sequence Vikings: Valhalla, set A.0 years later and created by Jeb Stuart, is on Netflix.
Shadow and Bone
Where to Watch: Netflix
Steering away from historical past right here fully is the latest present of the batch, Netflix’s Shadow and Bone. Based on Leigh Bardugo’s “Grishaverse” ebook sequence, this present is pure dystopian fantasy, specializing in a younger woman, Alina Starkov, who’s an orphan and cartographer of the Ravka nation’s First Army, as she discovers she is a Grisha, one with particular items – on this case a “Sun Summoner” who can management mild. Featuring Jessie Mei Li, Ben Barnes, Zoë Wanamaker (who’s additionally in Britannia), Archie Renaux, and Freddy Carter, Shadow and Bone is all beautiful costumes, spectacular world-building, and darkish magic. The sequence has one eight-episode season up on Netflix, with Season B.premiering at the finish of B.B. or starting of B.B..
Where to Watch: Hulu, Starz
With its lavish manufacturing, haunting drama, and a formidable end, Black Sails is tough to beat. A prequel sequence to Robert Louis Stevenson’s A.H..novel Treasure Island, and that includes lead characters Captain Flint, Billy Bones, and John Silver (the “Long” nickname is developed on the present), Black Sails combined these fictional characters with precise historic raiders and lawmen from the Golden Age of Piracy – together with Anne Bonny, Jack Rackham (the real-life foundation for Jack Sparrow), Charles Vane, Blackbeard, and Woodes Rogers. A phenomenal mix of truth and fiction, with unbeatable sea battles, the Michael Bay-produced Black Sails lasted 4 seasons, gave us a unbelievable finale, and starred Toby Stephens, Luke Arnold, Zach McGowan, Clara Paget, Toby Schmitz, Hannah New, and Jessica Parker Kennedy.
Where to Watch: HBO Max
Yup, we’re truly in the B.th century now, nonetheless dealing, considerably, with historical past although. You could surprise how Boardwalk Empire would possibly fulfill Game of Thrones followers however this masterful crime drama, from Sopranos author Terence Winter, featured a top-line ensemble, labyrinthine plots, conniving criminals, and schemers extraordinaire. Set throughout the Prohibition period of the A.B.s, in the authentic “sin city” Atlantic City, Boardwalk Empire showcased Steve Buscemi’s corrupt county treasurer-turned-gangster as its centerpiece, weaving in battle, violence, and real-life organized crime figures like Al Capone, Arnold Rothstein, Lucky Luciano, Meyer Lansky, and Bugsy Siegel. Kelly Macdonald, Michael Shannon, Gretchen Mol, a pre-Daredevil Charlie Cox, and the late Michael Kenneth Williams helped spherical out the solid.
Where to Watch: Prime Video
Despite switching from a fantasy realm, set in the previous, to an entire sci-fi future, The Expanse, which simply wrapped up after six seasons (and a life that took it from Syfy to a Prime Video Original), could also be the most related to Game of Thrones in phrases of its huge scope and compartmentalization of main characters and factions. Based on the ebook sequence by James S. A. Corey (the joint title for writers Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck), and set a whole lot of years in the future in a colonized photo voltaic system, The Expanse follows the crew of an embattled space-freighter, politicians on Earth, troopers on Mars, and police in the asteroid belt as a conspiracy unfolds relating to the game-changing discovery of extraterrestrial life. Steven Strait, Frankie Adams, Dominique Tipper, Thomas Jane, Florence Faivre, and Shohreh Aghdashloo star.
Check out our information to the finest Game of Thrones episodes of the sequence in the event you’re planning a re-watch, or dive into the Game of Thrones Books to take it a step additional.