This is a guest post by Caroline from Culture Coverage (www.culturecoverage.com).
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” 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.