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Month: August 2016

Surviving the Long Night

So here we are – no book, no show… Nothing but our imaginations to fill the void while we wait for word that The Winds of Winter is finished, or for the start date of Game of Thrones Season 7. It’s a dangerous time, when tinfoil (or just plain dumb) theories abound (Tyrion the time-traveling fetus and R+L=J+M come to mind) and fans become desperate for any tidbit of news. Unfortunately for us, those tidbits have been few and far between.

Last week, my guest poster Caroline had some good suggestions for filler shows, and doubtless there are many more that could provide a distraction. I took a bit of a summer hiatus from this blog, but I plan to continue my prediction posts and theory discussions in the coming months to provide some outlet for impatient fans. Hopefully we will get some casting and filming news as production for Game of Thrones Season 7 kicks into gear, and I keep holding out hope that a certain book will make an appearance before the premiere (a girl can dream, right?).

I have personally been coping in a variety of ways – rewatching all six seasons of Game of Thrones, starting an in-depth reread of A Song of Ice and Fire, and working on a series of portraits based on the novels (this latest obsession of mine is responsible for my lack of blogging; I’ll do better, I promise!). Considering my slow pace and the vast number of characters, that alone should keep me occupied until A Dream of Spring is released. Below are the ones I’ve completed so far – please feel free to suggest future characters for me to work on.

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Not knowing how long we must wait makes it all the more frustrating. We can only make guesses as to when the next season of Game of Thrones will start (May? June? Gods forbid, July?), or when GRRM will release The Winds of Winter (some friends and I have a pool going; sadly my hopes for 2016 or early 2017 are quickly fading). Thankfully though, we know the wait will end…eventually.

How do you entertain yourself during the off season and the wait between books? Do you immerse yourself in anything Ice and Fire or Game of Thrones related, or do you avoid thinking about it completely?


Five Cool Shows to Fill the Current “Game of Thrones” Void

This is a guest post by Caroline from Culture Coverage ( 

It will be at least a year until season seven of “Game of Thrones” airs, so fans will be waiting quite some time to find out how Cersei will reign over Westeros on the Iron Throne. It seems like a grueling wait, but there are plenty of great series to satisfy viewers’ hunger for violent battles, political intrigue and spicy sex scenes.


“Vikings” is an Irish-Canadian drama that is inspired by the adventures of Ragnar Lothbrok, who terrorized France and England during the ninth century. While the historical plot and epic battles will satisfy “Game of Thrones” fans, “Vikings” is much tamer with less sex and violence. In fact, plenty of viewers think “Vikings” is superior to Game of Thrones for this reason.


After three seasons, “Vikings” continues to be critically acclaimed. During the latest season, the show was the highest-rated scripted cable series, averaging 4.3 million viewers per episode. The first two seasons are available on Amazon Prime and Hulu.

The Tudors

“The Tudors” is based on Henry VIII’s reign over England. Starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Henry Cavill, the show features an impressive cast. If you’re missing your favorites from “Game of Thrones,” Natalie Dormer, who plays Magaery Tyrell, stars as Anne Boleyn. Political power is the main theme of “The Tudors,” and there are plenty of steamy scenes depicting Henry VIII’s seductive powers.

The debut of “The Tudors” was one of the highest-rated premieres in Showtime’s history, and period drama fans fawn over the series. All four seasons are available to watch on Netflix and Amazon Prime.

The Last Kingdom

After the first episode of “The Last Kingdom” aired in October 2015, it was instantly dubbed the new “Game of Thrones.” With a superstar cast featuring Britain’s best and bloody battles, it is no wonder so many viewers are turning to “The Last Kingdom” while they wait for GoT to return. On the surface, there are some very obvious similarities, including a brooding male lead, strong women warriors and a huge cast of characters with unpronounceable names.


“The Last Kingdom” is based on The Saxon Stories by Bernard Cornwell. It is set in the ninth century, when England consisted of seven separate kingdoms, and the plot revolves around the Viking invasion of England. The series hero, Uhtred, is the son of a Saxon nobleman but was raised by the Danes, and his loyalty is tested as he plays both sides in the quest to reclaim his ancestral land.  You can find out where to watch “The Last Kingdom” from BBC America.


This series is about the infamous gladiator Spartacus who led the slave uprising in Rome. What “Game of Thrones” fans will enjoy most about this series is the abundance of violence and sex. While it doesn’t feature the kind of fantasy creatures that populate Westeros, you’ll experience the same thrill from betrayals, affairs and brutal battles. You can watch the entire series of “Spartacus” on Netflix.

While it aired on Starz, “Spartacus” won two Saturn Awards and Screen Actors Guilds Awards and was nominated for many more. The show averaged 1.285 million viewers during its run and continues to be a favorite among viewers on Netflix. Currently, it is only available on Netflix in select countries, but outside viewers can watch it using a reliable proxy like ExpressVPN.


This series is about the transition of ancient Rome from a republic to an empire, chronicling the rise and fall of Julius Caesar and Mark Antony. In just 22 episodes, “Rome” covers all of the crucial historical points. Viewers will be intrigued by the assassinations, dalliances and power struggles—everything you’re sure to miss during the “Game of Thrones” yearlong break.

“Rome” has been nominated for dozens of awards from the Screen Actors Guild, Golden Globes and Emmys while maintaining an impressive score of 95 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. You can watch “Rome” on HBO Go and Amazon Prime.

So don’t fret; there’s only about 12 more months until “Game of Thrones” is back! In the meantime, be sure to give these shows a watch for some exciting thrills.

What are you watching while you await the return of GoT? Leave us a comment and recommend some shows to fill the void.

Author Bio: Caroline is a huge “Game of Thrones” fan and an avid TV blogger. She’s a fantasy and historical drama television buff and is happy to share some of the series she watches during the long, lonely breaks between GoT seasons. Follow her on Twitter: @CultureCovC.

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