Game of Thrones isn’t coming around for the final season until 2019 and fans need tv shows like Game of Thrones to fill this void for violence of wars, family betrayal, two-faced characters, jaw-dropping and shocking deaths, and all the good stuff that is George R. R. Martin’s brainchild. To help you decide which of the tv shows like Game of Thrones you can watch till the final season, here’s a list:
The White Queen
This show is based on true historical events that inspired the story of A Song of Ice and Fire. Featuring three, equally relentless women driven by their passion for the throne of England in the 15th century, this STARZ mini-series is inspired by Philippa Gregory’s book.
Murder, court intrigue, romance, and seduction drive this series of events following the bloodbath between the houses of Lancaster and York. Owing to such similarities, this series makes it a definite candidate for tv shows like Game of Thrones. Moreover, to our joy, a sequel based on Philippa Gregory’s The White Princess is currently in production.
Dark ages, ruthless warriors, and rulers, men with strong beards in cloaks, women who wield a sword like no other, so many gods to worship, deception- sounds like Game of Thrones except Vikings got no dragons. The fictionalized tale of Ragnar Lothbrok begins with his exploits to rule the Dark Ages Denmark from Kattegat along with his crew and, after five seasons and counting, it involves his sons.
A miniseries with 3 seasons and a prequel season follows the journey of a historical gladiator, later named Spartacus, who led a slave revolt against the Roman empire from 73 BCE to 71 BCE. The show that aired on STARZ is filled with violence, gladiator-style fight sequences and tough love that makes it a top contender among tv shows like Game of Thrones.
The Last Kingdom
Based on a series of books called, The Saxon Stories, it features a protagonist that was left orphaned and then brought up by the enemy. Set during 10th century AD when Viking invasions were at a peak in England, the orphaned Uhtred has to make a tough choice between the people who brought him up as his own and the native country that he swore to fight for. Filled with skull crushing, beheading, eye gouging and gut spilling battles, The Last Kingdom will definitely make do with its two seasons and counting.
The Bastard Executioner
Set in Wales, somewhere around 1300, this story tells the tale of a retired warrior who is compelled to pick up the sword again to live his life as an executioner. So far, the episodes feature some intense beheading but it’s assured that the direction will definitely change to explore the characters further. This might be the ultimate cure of the Game of Thrones blues as it presents a lot of gore, bloodshed, and storyline in each episode.
There’s a dragon in this show. I figure only that bit of info potentially sells this show to us GoT fans but this classic tale of Prince Arthur and Merlin, his wizard bff, as two young men striving to discover their true destinies envelopes a lot of family drama, knights and, of course, sword battles over a course of five seasons.
Charged with political infighting, betrayal, greed and seductive intrigue, Marco Polo follows the story of the great Italian adventurer who traveled to Kublai Khan’s court with his father and uncle only to be left behind in order to settle a debt. Marking the violent events of the Mongol era, this Netflix original ticks all the boxes as being on tv shows like Game of Thrones.
Set in 1st century BC, Rome follows the final days of the Roman Empire that stretches to two seasons and played out by a colossal cast to show the lives of rich people in power, the shifts in their powers, politics, and fortune in a duration of 12 years. It’s a great alternative for any GoT fan with a flair for strong female characterization, e.g. a younger Indira Varma before she became the ruthless Ellaria Sand.
Tom Riley is DaVinci in this epic drama inspired by the intrigue, love, inventions, politics, and religion filled the life of the Florentine enigma, Leonardo DaVinci. Set in Renaissance Florence, it’s a rollercoaster ride of a power struggle between Medici and Pazzi families.
If you want to binge on a historical drama based purely on intense politics, biased religion, selfish agendas and lustful love then the four seasons of The Tudors is a great choice. Starring GoT veteran Natalie Dormer as Anne Boleyn, it will also be a nice walk down the memory lane as she gets (spoiler alert) robbed of her life, to put it subtly.
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