It’s been two weeks since the final episode of this year’s <i>Game of Thrones</i> aired, and Sundays/Mondays haven’t been the same since. In just seven episodes Season 7 made a hell of an impact that left us eagerly anticipating the final season to see how everything is resolved. But with rumors that we may have to wait until 2019 for that resolution, we’re going to have to step away from Westeros for a while (unless George R. R. Martin kindly gives us The Winds of Winter in between… please?). If you’re having trouble finding something else to give you a TV fix, here are some other shows to consider.
The Last Kingdom
In a time long past, when England is divided into seven kingdoms, all but one have been conquered by Danish Vikings. Nobleman’s son Uhtred is taken prisoner by the Danes while still a boy and raised as one of their own. He grows up into a warrior, conflicted over his loyalties to the land of his birth and the people who raised him. When his adoptive family is slaughtered by a rival Viking group, Uhtred sets out to avenge their deaths and reclaim his homeland. But when he is accused of committing the murders, he is forced to flee to the last remaining kingdom held by the English.
For some reason, I’ve noticed several of my friends rewatching this show lately, and it reminded me that True Blood was an earlier example of HBO’s high-quality TV. Based on the Sookie Stackhouse series of novels by Charlaine Harris, the show is set in a world where supernatural beings exist, and vampires have recently come out into the public after the invention of a synthetic blood that allows them to survive without drinking human blood. In a small town in Louisiana, a young woman with supernatural powers of her own falls in love with a vampire and must navigate the culture, politics, trials, and intimacy that comes with it.
With seven seasons full of vampires, werewolves, shape shifters, fairies, witches, ghosts, and more, and plenty of drama, politics, love, and death, this is a show you’ll easily binge from start to end.
In 1945, a husband and wife are reunited after being kept apart for much of World War II. They travel to Scotland for a second honeymoon-of-sorts, where the wife, Claire, becomes fascinated with a circle of standing stones. She visits them while out on her own one morning, and upon touching one is transported back in time to 1743.
Claire quickly gets into trouble when she meets her husband’s wicked ancestor, but is rescued and taken in by the MacKenzie clan, who shelter her despite their early suspicions that she may be an English spy. She meets the handsome Jamie Fraser, and it’s not long before she is forced to marry him to ensure her own survival. When she falls for him, she becomes torn between her two lives and whether she wants to return to her own time anymore.
Based on the novels by Diana Gabaldon, Outlander blends drama, politics, battle, love, and violence with healthy doses of beautiful people and beautiful countryside.
Britannia has yet to go to air and will do so later this year, but it is shaping up to be good; some are even touting it as the “next Game of Thrones.” It is set in AD43 and follows the Roman invasion of Britain, where the Romans battle against the Celts and Druids for control of the land.
Just take a look at the action-packed trailer and tell me you’re not just a little excited by it.
Arrrrr me hearties! This show Black Sails here’s all about good old-fashioned pirates! Uncork a bottle of rum and prepare for a voyage that ran for four seasons, a voyage that reached its end earlier this year. Relive the golden age of piracy with legends the likes of Blackbeard and Anne Bonny, and follow the tale of a former navy officer who turned pirate captain.
The History Channel’s hugely successful Vikings has gone from strength the strength. The fifth season will go to air at the end of November, and History has already confirmed that a sixth season will go ahead. Inspired by historical legends and traditional Norse stories, the show follows Ragnar, a Viking who leads raids into Britain and becomes a great conqueror, and his family.
The Handmaid’s Tale
It’s not historical nor fantasy, but The Handmaid’s Tale imagines a not-too-distant, dystopian future where fertility has decreased dramatically and the environment is suffering under massive pollution. A totalitarian religious cult seizes control and relegates women to little more than property; that’s if they’re lucky. The few remaining fertile women are assigned as handmaids to the important men, and forced to submit to them once a month in the hope of becoming pregnant.
The Legend of the Seeker
If you’re looking for something a little lighter while still being in the mood for a good fantasy yarn, The Legend of the Seeker is an episodic series loosely based on the first two books in Terry Goodkind’s The Sword of Truth series of novels. A young woodsman discovers that he is the Seeker of Truth and must kill the evil ruler of a neighboring land. He joins forces with a powerful but eccentric wizard and a woman who is sworn to protect him, and they journey across the land as they seek to fulfil his destiny.
What have you been watching post-Game of Thrones? Let us know in the comments below.