Now that our Game of Thrones watch has ended, the show's numerous fans are looking for something to fill the void. For many people, Game of Thrones was more than just a show. It was an all-consuming story that involved Reddit boards and podcasts in addition to an hour every Sunday night. Now that the show is over, something else has to come along to replace it. It's time to find a Game of Thrones replacement.
People came to Game of Thrones for tons of different reasons. Some liked the politics or the characters. Others were drawn to the world, or the intense battles that were so often fought on the show. Whatever your reasons for watching the show were, there are plenty of different shows that may be best to help you cope now that it's gone. Here are just a few potential Game of Thrones replacement shows.
If you're looking for another show with a controversial finale, look no further than Lost. Before that controversial finale, though, Lost was a beloved show with a complicated mythology and plenty of beloved characters. It regularly dove into the world of science fiction but was usually firmly grounded in the experiences of its characters.
As a result, it feels like the perfect show to binge after Game of Thrones. Lost was one of the first shows to set the internet on fire, and Game of Thrones eventually did the same. Whatever you think of their endings, these two shows undeniably feel like a fitting pair.
Black Sails is like Game of Thrones with pirates, and it's better than that description might sound. The show is a prequel to Treasure Island, which means that it features many famous fictional pirates. Even so, Black Sails feels like a totally original creation.
The series spanned four seasons, which proved to be the perfect amount of time for the story the show wanted to tell. All stories about pirates are really stories about rebels, and Black Sails is no exception. Pirates could be terrible people, but there's also something romantic about allying yourself with a crew instead of a country, and Black Sails captures that idea perfectly.
If what you loved most about Game of Thrones were the mysteries and surprises, Westworld might be a fitting substitute. Although it lacks the precise writing that characterized the early seasons of Thrones, Westworld takes place in a fascinating world that you might be eager to learn more about.
Through two seasons, the show has also proven that it can provide the same kind of spectacle that many viewers are used to from Thrones. While no show will be able to match Game of Thrones for sheer production value, Westworld has the same ambitions, and that makes it well worth watching.
Outlander takes some of the fantasy elements of Game of Thrones and uses them to tell a much more conventional love story. The show tells the story of Claire, a World War II nurse who is transported to 1743 and is eventually torn between two men in two different times.
The show works because it knows how to tell a love story against the backdrop of a complex tapestry of plots and ideas. It's a fantastical story, but that doesn't mean it has to be told with whimsy. By taking the characters and their situations seriously, the show manages to say interesting things about how we choose who we love.
What started as a series about 100 young people who are banished back to Earth in the aftermath of a nuclear apocalypse quickly turned into a profound and gripping show about young people trying to survive. Although it may seem like a gimmicky premise, The 100 uses that premise to build a fascinating world that's very different from our own.
There are factions and tribes to contend with, and nothing is ever as simple as it should. The show has gained a cult following in the years since it premiered, and that's in large part thanks to its excellent plotting and consistently compelling characters.
Rome is one of Game of Thrones' clearest predecessors. The show features a sprawling cast of faces and takes place in ancient Rome. Although the series is based in actual history, the sprawling cast and complicated world that Rome build showed us what was possible on TV, and paved the way for Thrones.
Although the show only ran for two seasons, it left a lasting mark on the TV world. It's a thoroughly fascinating show that takes a minute to get acclimated to but is well worth your time. You may be familiar with what happens from your history class, but you've never seen it brought to life the way it is on Rome.
On paper, Vikings seems like a silly show that is working a little too hard to imitate Game of Thrones. In reality, though, the series is a compelling family saga that chronicles a legendary Viking as he vies for power and attempts to sail west toward more wealthy lands.
Although there are certainly plenty of battles on Vikings, the most interesting thing about the show is the bold way it chooses to tell its story. It's unafraid of jumping through time, ensuring that the parts of the story we see are the parts of the story that are the most compelling, and nothing else.
The Handmaid's Tale does an excellent job of immersing you in a very specific world, and it already has a fairly rabid fanbase. The worlds of Game of Thrones and Handmaid's are quite different, but the worlds they depict are both exceedingly brutal.
The Handmaid's Tale depicts a future where right-wing Christian fundamentalists have taken over the country and transformed the societal order. Women are treated as vessels for children, and little more. It's a terrifying world, but a thoroughly compelling one. It's one where characters are forced to grapple with their own choices, which often makes for fascinating, spectacular storytelling.
Succession has almost nothing obvious in common with Game of Thrones. Both shows are on HBO, but Succession is set in the real world and concerns itself not with any realm but with a large media conglomerate. Beneath the surface, though, both shows are about politicking and positioning yourself for power.
So, if the part of Game of Thrones that you really loved was the scheming and treachery in King's Landing, then Succession is an excellent next step. It's an entirely different setting, but it's still about people, and that's ultimately what matters most. People always behave the same, whether there are dragons or not.
Much like Game of Thrones, The Expanse starts by telling a relatively small story against an enormous backdrop. Set hundreds of years in the future after humanity has colonized the solar system, the show follows a detective as he searches for a missing girl. Where that search takes him could change the course of history.
Its initial premise is actually quite similar to Ned's journey to King's Landing when you think about it. His discoveries on that journey set the entire story in motion, for better or worse, and the same is true of the initial premise for The Expanse.
Although it only ran for a few seasons, The Borgias tells a similar story of political power to the story of the early seasons of Game of Thrones. The show follows a family of outsiders from Spain who use bribery, threats, extortion, and whatever else they need to take control of Renaissance-era Italy.
This true story served as inspiration for a number of classic works of fiction, including The Godfather. The show has all of the political intrigue of Thrones, but with fewer dragons. For those of us who preferred the more grounded version of the show, The Borgias may be a perfect fit.
Like a few of the shows on this list, Spartacus is like if Game of Thrones were based on actual events. The series follows the titular character in his early life, as we watch what led to the slave rebellion he eventually led against the Roman Republic.
The story of Spartacus has been told a number of times, but Spartacus allowed us to dig deeper into the psychology of the man behind this rebellion. Jon Snow is not the only hero capable of uniting people behind him. On Spartacus, we got the chance to learn what a truly heroic figure was made of.
The Last Kingdom is a medieval tale set during the time when England was still divided into seven kingdoms. Sound familiar? The show follows a king who must decide whether to side with his kingdom or with the Viking people with whom he shares blood.
It's a classic story, but The Last Kingdom isn't afraid to dive into the messy world of warfare, where it's never as simple as defending against one attacker. The show is smart about the messiness of the world, and of politics in particular. In that way, it's a more than worthy successor to Game of Thrones.
The best thing about The Magicians is the way it merges its fantastical settings and stories with characters who very much exist in the real world. The story is a blend of elements from Harry Potter and The Chronicles of Narnia, but everyone is way more depressed than they are in those stories.
The Magicians takes a lot of the fantasy elements from a show like Game of Thrones and gives them a different context. Even so, it's as concerned with the minutia of running a fantasy kingdom as Thrones could sometimes be, and that's to the show's immense credit.
Deadwood takes place in a world where morality is gray, and the best you can ever hope for is another day. In that way, it's a lot like Thrones. The brutality of Deadwood is stark, but the show also makes time for small moments of grace and humor. It's one of the very best shows ever made, and a worthy binge, if you're looking for a show that's as unflinchingly brutal as Thrones could be.
The show is set in a small western frontier town, and its morality stems largely from this frontier setting. On Deadwood, being good isn't a matter of following the law.
Yes, Avatar: The Last Airbender is technically a kids' show, which obviously means it's way less violent than Game of Thrones. The violence wasn't the show's only appeal, though. Game of Thrones worked in part because it created a world we all wanted to explore, and that's exactly what Avatar is so good at.
The show takes place in a world where it's possible to bend the elements, and it tells the story of the avatar, a figure who's meant to bring balance to the world. The tone is certainly much lighter than Thrones, but the characters are rich and interesting, and the world is one you'll never want to leave.