The series finale of Game Of Thrones left many of us lost. The show has been running since 2011, and it never disappointed (okay, perhaps the finale was a little disappointing for some). There were countless plot twists and complex characters that we cannot help but love and hate at the same time.
If you still do not know what to watch to fill the hole left by Game Of Thrones, read on! We have gathered the best shows to satisfy your craving for scheming, blood, romance, and fantasy.
1. Vikings (2013-2019)
Vikings is a historical drama following the Viking Chieftain Ragnar Lothbrok, his crew, and his family and descendants. This series is inspired by 13th century Ragnars sagas Tale of Ragnar Lodbrok and Tale of Ragnar’s Sons. Vikings’s action, drama, and storytelling are comparable to the much-loved Game of Thrones. Plus, there are six seasons to binge-watch.
2. Outlander (2014-ongoing)
Did you know that many of the events and characters in Game of Thrones are based on historical events? Outlander is another historical drama starring Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe, but this time it involves time travel. Like Game Of Thrones, Outlander is based on a book series of the same name by Diana Gabaldon. Romance is at the center of this story. The series focuses on the adventures of Claire, a World War II nurse, as she is transported to different times in history.
There are currently 4 seasons, but Outlander has been renewed for two more seasons.
3. Narcos (2015-2018)
Narcos is a Netflix original series that has 3 seasons. Its supposed 4th season was reset into the first season of Narcos: Mexico. This series is about the true story of Colombia’s most violent and powerful drug cartel kingpin Pablo Escobar. Narcos is filled with thrilling action as it focuses on Escobar’s interactions with other drug lords and skirmishes with law enforcement. Narcos: Mexico (2018-ongoing) is a companion series to Narcos. It focuses on the illegal drug trade in Mexico.
4. American Gods (2017-ongoing)
American Gods is a fantasy drama TV series based on Neil Gaiman’s novel of the same name. This novel follows a former convict, Shadow Moon, who works for Mr. Wednesday. Moon is introduced to a world of gods, where the Old Gods need to defend their existence against the growing power of the New Gods. Neil Gaiman is involved in the development of this series, so you can count on the series' truthfulness to the novel. If you are writing a literary analysis for American Gods, we suggest watching this series, too!
5. The Tudors (2007-2010)
The Tudors is a historical fiction series based on King Henry VIII. It is set in 16th century England. It tackles the political and romantic conflicts experienced by King Henry VIII as he ruled England. The series is not historically accurate, but the drama is compelling enough to keep you watching. Don't use this series as a reference for any of your historical essays!
The Tudors stars Natalie Dormer, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, and Henry Cavill.
6. Kingdom (2019-ongoing)
Kingdom is a South Korean Netflix original that was adapted from the webcomic series The Kingdom of the Gods. The series is a historical thriller that centers on the story of the crown prince Yi-Chang who has to fight off a mysterious undead plague as well as subdue a political coup.
7. House of Cards (2013-2018)
House of Cards is an American political drama thriller about the story of Congressman Frank Underwood. The series revolves around Underwood’s attempt to rise to a more powerful position after being passed over as Secretary of State. House of Cards is all about manipulation, betrayal, and struggle for power. Sound familiar?
8. Peaky Blinders (2013-ongoing)
Peaky Blinders is an award-winning British crime drama series. The series is set in England after World War I and follows the Shelby crime family and Detective Campbell whose mission is to bring down the gang. Peaky Blinders combines family drama with action. Like the season finale of Game of Thrones, it plays with the idea that social classes and empires inevitably fall.
9. Mad Men (2007-2015)
Mad Men is a period drama set in the 1960s. The series revolves around the life of Don Draper who works for an advertising agency. Aside from the complexities of the advertising industry, Mad Men focuses on the past lives of the characters, particularly of Don Draper.
10. Outlaw King
Outlaw King is a historical action drama film starring Chris Pine. The film is about a 14th-century Scottish King who launched a guerrilla war against King Edward I of England. He emerges as a hero. It is not just the costumes and the setting that will remind you of Game of Thrones, this movie is filled with action and gory scenes as well.
Those are the top 10 movies and series that will give you the same thrill of following your favorite GOT characters. If you are looking for some cheering-up after binge-watching Game of Thrones, or from writing your research paper, here are some series and movies to watch:
11. BoJack Horseman
BoJack Horseman is an adult animated comedy-drama series from Netflix. The show is set in the present but humans and anthropomorphic animals co-exist. It features BoJack Horseman, a 50-something actor whose career peaked in the 90s. He tries to revamp his career as a serious actor while also trying to get his life together. BoJack has a dark sense of humor but he and his gang are not hard to love. If you love self-deprecating humor, you’ll absolutely love this show.
12. Always Be My Maybe (2019)
Always Be My Maybe is a romantic comedy film starring two Asian comedians Ali Wong and Randall Park. Always Be My Maybe features the unrequited love story between Marcus and Sasha. But do not be fooled by the cheesy title and plot. Park’s and Wong’s snarky sense of humor combine to give us an irreverent romantic comedy. Bonus: Keanu Reeves is also in the movie!
Always Be My Maybe is the perfect movie to watch after all the stress of GOT's season 8.
13. RuPaul's Drag Race (2009-2019)
Some of the most beloved drag queens of today have been to RuPaul’s Drag Race. Season 11’s finale aired on May 30, 2019. Relish in the artistry, performances, and drama as 14 queens battle for the crown. There are so many big personalities that you will come to love just from watching RuPaul’s Drag Race. This show may be a reality series, but you’ll be surprised at how much you’ll laugh and cry with these drag queens.
14. Gloria Bell (2018)
In Gloria Bell, Julianne Moore portrays the role of a middle-aged divorcee who tries to enjoy her life. She goes to clubs to dance. She meets a man named Arnold who has not completely moved on from his past. Instead of love, Gloria learns to love life. This is an all-around feel-good movie.
15. Yesterday (June 2019)
Yesterday is another feel-good movie from Netflix. It has a fairy tale-like story: the protagonist, Jack Malik, wakes up in an alternative world where the Beatles never existed. He then proceeds to play the Beatles’ songs to let this world experience the greatness of the band. Yesterday is a funny, sarcastic way of celebrating the greatness of the Beatles.
We hope these films and series fill the gap left by Game Of Thrones until it is socially acceptable to re-watch the entire series again.
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