Being featured as IMDB’s most watched TV show, Game of Thrones was nothing short of a cultural phenomenon. Even though its ending was incredibly disappointing, Game of Thrones still remains a fan-favorite, with ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ continuing to be a bestseller across the world.
If you loved Game of Thrones in spite of its horrific ending and if you’re looking for some shows that are worth binging and will remind you of Game of Thrones, I’ve compiled a short list of shows that I think might satisfy you:
1. The Witcher
Although Netflix’s The Witcher wasn’t quite the next Game of Thrones people initially expected it to be, it’s a great show for fantasy lovers, and it’s definitely worth watching. Being heavily centered on magic – or chaos, as it’s referred to in-universe – The Witcher tells the story of the monster hunter Geralt of Rivia and his quest to protect Ciri, his child surprise. The show features plenty of monsters, magic and fighting scenes, as well as political plots, although not as many as Game of Thrones.
This is the reason why some people were disappointed that The Witcher wasn’t the next GOT – and it wasn’t supposed to be, after all, as lead actor Henry Cavill says in this interview. It does have the magic, dragons and fighting, but it doesn’t feature the same kind of political narratives, so you should keep this in mind if you’re planning to start watching The Witcher.
Although the show is only one season long as of right now, the next season is coming out on December 17th 2021, and if you find yourself completely enthralled by the show, you could also try playing the Witcher video games or reading the book series, which are just as entertaining.
2. Peaky Blinders
It might seem strange to list Peaky Blinders as a show that’s going to be appreciated by Game of Thrones lovers, since at first glance it doesn’t appear as if there’d be many similarities between the two. That’s not really true, though. While The Witcher features the same kind of magical, supernatural elements in a medieval inspired world that Game of Thrones has but lacks the complex political storylines, Peaky Blinders does the complete opposite.
Peaky Blinders tells the story of the Shelby family – particularly of Tommy Shelby, a Birmingham gangster who lived at the beginning of the 20th century. Although the story is quite different from what happened to the real-life Shelbys, it’s still incredibly captivating. It doesn’t have any magical elements – asides from the occasional cursed objects or spells, which are viewed as being superstitions even in-universe – but what makes it entertaining and somewhat similar to GOT is the way in which Tommy Shelby has to go through countless trials and gun fights and constantly come up with new political schemes and make new allies in order to create a better future for his family.
Peaky Blinders is already 5 seasons long, with the 6th confirmed season expected to come out sometime in early 2022, so there’s plenty of content for you to binge on until the new season comes out.
3. House of the Dragon – the Game of Thrones prequel
I’ve left this one for last since it’s not even out yet, but this series will by far be the most appreciated by GOT lovers, since it takes place in the same universe we all know and love.
Scheduled to come out in early 2022, House of the Dragon tells the story of the Dance of Dragons, one of the most bloody conflicts in the history of Westeros, which you are likely already familiar with if you’ve read the books. The action takes place about 300 years before the events in the main show, when House Targaryen –and their dragons – were still the unchallenged rulers of the continent. The show will be centered around the conflict between Aegon II and Rhaenyra Targaryen and their fight for the Iron Throne, so expect plenty of fighting scenes – with dragons! – and political plots.