Game of Thrones was a cultural phenomenon, a television series that transformed pop culture, and created an economic boom for fantasy-related franchises. Many of us were miserable when the show came to an ending (for many reasons) after almost a decade of clever politicking and manipulation in both the court and battlefield by a cast of beloved characters. But don’t be too sad; here are some shows that you should watch if you’re looking for that similar Game of Thrones thrill and build-up.
The Witcher is a Netflix adaptation of Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski’s novel series of the same name. The medieval-fantasy drama takes place in a world where monsters take on the shapes of beasts and humans alike. The series stars Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia, a witcher who hunts monsters, and Freya Allan as Ciri, the crown princess of Cintra whose characters cross paths and unite in order to stop a fantasy-like evil and darkness from encroaching the world. Netflix has renewed the series for a third season and a prequel miniseries, The Witcher: Blood Origin, will be released sometime this year.
An Amazon Prime Video production, Carnival Row is a neo-noir fantasy starring Orlando Bloom, Cara Delevingne, and an ensemble cast of talent. In Carnival Row exists mythological creatures as unwanted immigrants and refugees trying to find a home within the city where a string of murders and social constraints string us along. The series is submerged within urban fantasy and steampunk aesthetics and themes and a plot perfect for lovers of dark fantasy. After premiering in 2019, Amazon renewed the show for a second season.
Westworld is of course our favorite obsession. HBO’s dystopian science-fiction series is critically acclaimed for its narrative, acting, and visuals which have received accolade after accolade since its premiere in 2016. Westworld is set at the intersection of the near future and reimagined past where every human appetite can be indulged without consequence. Starring an ensemble cast, Westword is renewed for its fourth season which is set to broadcast sometime this year.
Shadow and Bone
Another Netflix production, Shadow and Bone is an adaptation of Israeli-American fantasy author Leigh Bardugo’s Shadow and Bone trilogy. A world-building smorgasbord, the Grisha universe is made up of multiple nations with different cultures and identities. Shadow and Bone follows Alina Starkov and her discovery of being a rare Grisha with the ability to control light and her subsequent destiny in terms of world conflicts. Shadow and Bone premiered in 2021 with the second season in the works.
His Dark Materials
From BBC One and HBO, His Dark Materials is a fantasy drama television series based on English writer Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy. There is an unsolved mystery going on in Lyra Belacqua’s world—children are disappearing and it involves a mysterious phenomenon called the Dust. With a journey crossing multiple realities, Lyra is charged with an impossible destiny.
Vikings is a historical drama produced by the History channel and good news—all six seasons of the show are available for a binging session! Submerged within the tales and legends of early medieval Scandinavia, Vikings is a dramatic retelling of history’s Ragnar Lothbrok and his sons. Taking place during the vikings’ notorious raids of early England and France, we see the rise of the Norse heroes and the Vikings age.
Another HBO original series, The Nevers is a science fiction drama series that follow the lives of incredible Victorian women that paired with unique abilities and the determination to fight their enemies, will change the world. After a successful first season, the second season will premiere sometime this year.
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