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5 Shows to Watch While You Await Season 8 of 'Game of Thrones'

For your binge-watching pleasure.

The release date of season eight of Game of Thrones is still up in the air, so you're probably struggling for something to watch on TV. Look no further! Here are five shows to watch while you're waiting for that sweet, sweet season eight. 

 

1. Vikings

 

 

Currently in the middle of its fifth season, Vikings is inspired by the tales of actual Vikings and features some strong female characters.

 

Creator Michael Hirst said:

 

I wasn't really conscious of making Lagertha almost unique as a leading female character in a TV show. But I think she is unique. I mean, she's a mother, a wife, and she kicks ass. And she's a wonderful role model, absolutely. Unfortunately, as a writer, I have to punish her again and again. So she's always losing everything. And I think that, for women, that's often the price. Certainly for a powerful woman, that's the price they pay for achieving anything. So every time you think she's actually achieved something, risen to the top, you think, 'Oh, things are going to be easy!' – no, they're not. They never are. For women, I think then and now, the Dark Ages and now, there were just more problems. More issues, more things to solve, more complications to life. So I don't write the women differently, but I write them in the same way, so the women are as interesting as the men, and they don't just decorate the show.

 

Sounds familiar, doesn't it?

 

2. Harlots

 

 

The majority of the cast of Harlots are, naturally, women. With plenty of characters, drama, and sex, this Hulu original is definitely one to put on your watch list. 

 

3. Boardwalk Empire

 

 

Game of Thrones has quite the all star cast, but nothing quite like Boardwalk Empire. The 1920s prohibition crime drama features Steve Buscemi, Michael Shannon, Michael Pitt, Kelly Macdonald, Michael K. Williams, Jack Huston, Jeffrey Wright, and Charlie Cox. 

 

And that's just the cast, it also has a seriously good script, and violence, and sex. Watch it. 

 

4. The Handmaid's Tale

 

 

If you don't know anything about The Handmaid's Taleyou should go pick up the 1985 Margaret Atwood book that inspired the show. 

 

5. The Crown

 

 

This Netflix original series tells the unbelievable and true story of Queen Elizabeth II, the current reigning monarch of the British throne. Seriously, this show is so so so so so so good and with the second season just days away, now's the time to get hooked.

 

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