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10 TV Shows to watch when you’ve finished Game of Thrones

Score 80%

Is there anything better than to find a new awesome series and to be able to binge watch it? No need to answer, it is a rhetorical question. Of course, there is nothing better! The feeling you get when you cannot wait to find out what happens. You’re hooked and it is wonderful.

For millions of people and myself included Game of Thrones was that TV show. Unfortunately Westeros is no more. After 8 seasons it ended (badly –but that’s beside the point) and it broke many hearts. 

Jon Snow

So what’s next? Well below are 10 TV shows similar to Game of Thrones, in order of my favourites. I believe you might enjoy those:

  • Walking dead

This one is not historical but I had to include it. Walking Dead is one of the best series ever made.

Rick wakes up from a coma in a hospital and soon realises that it pretty much is the end of the world. The dead have turned into zombies and are eating people. He has no choice but to try and survive in order to reunite with his family.

I love this show because you never know what is going to happen. No character is safe. Like Game of Thrones the writers are not afraid to kill off our favourites. Betrayals, violence and survival at all cost, it’s got everything.

If I had known the world was ending, I would’ve brought better books.

Dale

  • Vikings

Two words: Ragnar Lothbrok. Forget Keith Harrington, Travis Fimmel is much better.

Ragnar is a typical Viking. He lives for raiding, conquering and pillaging. When he becomes king, he enrolls his whole family in his quest to expend.

Like Game of Thrones, Vikings is mainly about one family. Sometimes we love them and sometimes we hate them. Indeed, they are written very realistically and make mistakes. It’s easy to feel like the story actually happened. The character developments, the costumes and the depiction of the Viking life are all on point. Also, lots of violence and nudity if you’re into that. 

  • Outlander

Full of magic, Outlander is similar in Game of Thrones in that regard. It also happens in the past but it is a little bit more focused on love. Yes, it has epic battles, survival and quests but it is centred on a love story.

Claire is an English World War II nurse traveling to Scotland to try and reconnect with her husband. There she falls through time and ends up in the 1700’s. Survival won’t be easy in such a foreign land.

Don’t be fooled into thinking it is a light hearted romance though. This TV show is full on with rape scenes and twist and turns at every corner.

Anyone ever told you you have the most gorgeous neck? Holds your head so prettily. I’d hate to see them parted.

Duke of Sandringham

  • Peaky Blinders

Peaky Blinders is a brilliant series based on a family of gangsters that actually lived in Birmingham at the beginning of the 19th century. It will quench your thirst for violence and schemes.

Britain, in the aftermath of World War I, is full of poverty, depravity and despair. The streets are ruled by gangs and criminals. Amongst them, Thomas Shelby and his brothers just returned from the front. They are the Peaky Blinders. Ruthless and dreaded. They also have ambitions far beyond running the streets.

The script is very detailed and it is brilliant. The actors/characters are fantastic and the realization is stunning. The Shelby’s were real. In the rocky economic of the 1920’s, they ruled Birmingham and it is fascinating to watch. Add to this one of the best modern soundtracks out there and you have a meticulously detailed and interesting masterpiece.

This place is under new management, by order of the Peaky Blinders.

Arthur Shelby

  • The Witcher

The Witcher is based on the books written by Andrzej Sapkowski. In a world full of magic and monster, it follows Geralt of Rivia, a powerful witcher who hunts beasts.

Like Game of Thrones, the world of the Witcher is very different. It involves destinies and quests, sorceress and princess.  Not bad at all. Henry Cavill is also great in this role and in even better shape than for his character as Superman so that’s saying a lot.

The Witcher is not available at the library right now but we have all the books to get you acquainted with Geralt while the DVD comes out.

  • Westworld

Westworld is very different because it is so complex. I mean you need to be very focused while watching it or you might not understand the storyline but it is worth sticking to it. History meets science-fiction in this mind bending show.

Westworld is an adventure park where anyone can go and become a cowboy for a while. They can experience the saloon, the horses and the fights. There are no taboos. Even murder is allowed because the crew are robots.

You were both a bit late. So I went ahead and saved myself.

Maeve

  • Spartacus

Westworld had all the mind games of Game of Thrones and Spartacus has all the action. There is no need to dwell on science fiction or fantasy; gladiators carry this one on their own (well, …with their massive swords).

Once more, violence, betrayals and sex are the main attraction.

There’s only one way to become champion. Never f***ing lose.

Gannicus

  • The Borgias

The Borgias lasted for only 3 seasons but it is very similar to Game of Thrones. It features lots of incest, nudity, murder, violence and conniving. Taking place in Italy during the Renaissance, it follows the Borgias (obviously) as they try and ascend to forever more power and money.

Jeremy Irons is amazing. This TV Show should really get more praise.

So Cesare, what exactly are you celebrating? Your sisters betrothal, or the death of your brother?

Vanozza

  • The Tudors

The Tudors is the infamous story of Henry VIII. Like Game of Thrones it focuses on the politics of being king and the struggle for power. It is not historically accurate but neither is Game of Thrones. We watch it for the intrigues, the drama and there’s plenty of that!

There’s something deep and dangerous in you, Anne, those eyes of yours are like dark hooks for the soul.

Thomas Boleyn

  • Black Sails

Last but not least, Black Sails will get you acquainted with the pirates of the golden age. And who says pirates, says thieves, prostitutes, fights, and sex. The first season is a bit hard to get into but you won’t regret watching it.

Worry ain’t a good look for a king. Not in a kingdom like this…where loyalty is in short supply.

Israel Hand

Review

80%

Summary Game of Thrones is over but there are similar TV shows out there. Be ready for more violence, schemes, sex and epic adventure.

Game of Thrones
98%
Walking Dead
90%
Vikings
80%
Outlander
90%
Peaky Blinders
80%
The Witcher
85%
Westworld
70%
The Borgias
70%
The Tudors
75%
Black Sails
65%

About The Author

Jen P

Hi, my name is Jen and I work at the Spearwood Public Library. I help with the Home Library Service and take care of the new items that come in. I love movies so if you need help choosing one don't hesitate to come and ask me.

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