After ten long years and eight eventful seasons, Game of Thrones came to an end this May. Although you may have felt unsatisfied by how it all came to an end, you can always go back and relive the glory days of previous seasons. And if that fails, there’s plenty of other series out there just waiting to step in and fill that GoT shaped hole in your heart. While we’re a little late to the party, we here at Nifty would like to put forward our top picks. Now that the fantasy epic is over, here’s 9 of the best shows to watch.
1. Vikings (2013 – Present)
With its similar medieval-esque setting and penchant for bloodshed, there’s plenty in History Channel’s Vikings set to delight GoT fans. Our top pick, this series follows the journey of viking legend Ragnar Lothbrok and his sons. Together, these brutal vikings slash their way through France, England and Ireland in search of power. Featuring savage battles, incredible settings, and multigenerational storylines – this historical drama has earned a dedicated fanbase that’s always recruiting new members. Since it’s now filming its final sixth season, we highly recommend you check it out now. Why not see just what the fuss is all about?
Where to Watch it: Netflix, SBS On Demand (Limited Episodes)
2. Westworld (2016 – Present)
With a compelling cast of characters and engaging mystery, Westworld hits all the right storytelling beats we loved in Thrones. The show centres around a Wild-West theme park where humans can indulge in their wildest fantasies with hyper-real robots known as ‘hosts.’ Although the hosts are programmed to forget their past narratives, some begin to retain memories and question their subservient existence. Based on the 1973 movie of the same name, the show takes a magnifying glass to humanity’s darkest flaws. Subsequently, it has received acclaim for its beautiful sets, stunning visuals, and enthralling performances. If you were a fan of GoT’s often bloody twists, then you’ve got to give Westworld a go.
Where to Watch it: Foxtel, iTunes, Google Play
3. Outlander (2014 – Present)
Essentially Game of Thrones but through the rose tinted glasses of a romance novel, Outlander delivers plenty of war, drama, and steamy sex to satisfy. Based on the famous book series, the show sees World War II nurse Claire Randall sent back in time to 1743 Scotland where she meets and falls for Highland warrior Jamie Fraser. Their romance develops over several historical eras as it jumps between post-war England and 18th-century Scotland. Having received critical acclaim, the series is now in its fourth season with the next two in development. So, get on board now and see if it lives up to all the hype!
Where to Watch it: Netflix, Foxtel, SBS On Demand (Limited Episodes)
4. Peaky Blinders (2013 – Present)
Between the family drama and bloody turf wars, this 20th-century-period drama is the perfect follow up to GoT. A fictional take on the exploits of real-life Birmingham gangs in the late 1800s to early 1900s, the series follows the Shelby family as they clash with rival groups for dominance in the underworld. Full of high-stakes political plays and shady behind-doors dealings, the show mirrors many of GoT’s best elements. This goes for the stunning cinematography, powerful performances, and stellar writing as well. With four seasons already available to binge, you can easily catch up in time for the planned fifth, sixth and seventh seasons to come! Plus, you’ll get to enjoy appearances from GoT cast members Locke (Noah Taylor), Doran Martell (Alexander Siddig), and the Night King (Richard Brake) throughout the seasons.
Where to Watch it: Netflix, Foxtel, ABC iview (Limited Episodes)
5. The Handmaid’s Tale (2017 – Present)
A fan of GoT’s strong female characters, political intrigue, and violent brutality? Well, The Handmaid’s Tale ticks all the same boxes. Based on Margaret Atwood’s iconic novel, the series takes place in a dystopian and highly religious American society where women are heavily subjugated. Think along the lines of the “Shame” nun Septa Unella and the Faith of the Seven but on a broader, more disturbing level. It’s beautifully shot and arguably darker than GoT, as it offers a haunting look at what our society could become. Since all three of its current seasons have received critical acclaim, it’s definitely worth a watch.
Where to Watch it: Stan, SBS On Demand (Limited Episodes)
6. Killing Eve (2018 – Present)
Although a British spy thriller may seem like an odd choice to follow up the fantasy epic that is Thrones, Killing Eve has made serious waves in the TV world. And with good reason! The show follows two complex women, a spy and an assassin, who become increasingly obsessed with each other as they engage in a cat-and-mouse game. The performances are incredible and the twists too good to miss! Plus, having just released its second season, there’s never been a better time to get in on the show.
Where to Watch it: ABC iview (Limited Episodes), iTunes, Google Play
7. Big Little Lies (2017 – Present)
While the story of three troubled school mums becoming embroiled in a murder mystery seems like a far cry from GoT, we promise its worthy of an entry in this list. Featuring the likes of Nicole Kidman, Resse Witherspoon, and Meryl Streep – this HBO series is packed with talented actresses and strong willed female characters. As the mystery slowly unravels, it won’t be long until you find yourself caught up in the family drama. It’s certainly not dissimilar to the drama found in Thrones (albeit minus the fantasy setting). Big Little Lies garnered several accolades from its first season. So, with the second season out now there’s no time like the present to give it a watch.
Where to Watch it: Foxtel, Google Play, iTunes
8. Black Mirror (2011 – Present)
If you loved the incredible cast of interesting characters in Thrones, then this sci-fi anthology series has all that and more. Essentially an extended cautionary tale about technology’s increasing role in our lives, this series is known for its amazing casts and intriguing (if sometimes horrifying) storylines. Since it premiered in 2011, it’s won a slew of awards. Including 6 Emmys for it’s episodes ‘San Junipero’ (Season 3) and ‘USS Callister’ (Season 4). The current fifth season featured the likes of Anthony Mackie (Marvel), Andrew Scott (Sherlock), and Miley Cyrus so you know there’s something for everyone.
Where to Watch it: Netflix, iTunes, Google Play
9. Gunpowder (2017)
Jon Snow may have journeyed beyond the wall for good, but his actor Kit Harington can still be seen brooding on our TV screens in Gunpowder. The 2017 miniseries sees Harrington playing his direct ancestor, Robert Catesby, who instigated the infamous and unsuccessful Gunpowder Plot in 1605. As the activists plan to blow up British parliament, we see the events leading up to and after the 5 November 1605 in great detail. Although the series received some controversy for its graphic depiction of torture, it otherwise earned praise for its performances and production. Since it’s only a miniseries, it’s unlikely to properly fill the void left behind from GoT but it can at least give you a quick fix of beloved Kit Harrington.
Where to Watch it: Foxtel, Google Play, iTunes
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