By Corina Mendoza
Have you wondered what you’ll do after Game of Thrones reaches its inevitable end? How will you fill the void? Sure, we’re all aware that our favorite shows will all have their run and then disappear, but we usually prefer to ignore that while we enjoy them. No one likes to say goodbye. Especially to characters we have grown to love over the years.
However, seeing as we’re quickly approaching the final season of the series we’ve been obsessing over for all these years, it’s important to take a moment and reflect about what will become of us after these last six episodes are over. We’ll probably be left in shock, and then we’ll start to crave for more. And more. A hunger destined to go forever unfulfilled. Or is it?
Fortunately, there are many shows with a similar vibe and theme ready to be watched on Netflix. Here are some of them, most of which are long, complex, and just as exciting.
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The Last Kingdom
Why it’s like Game of Thrones: The producers of The Last Kingdom decided to keep what the hit show Vikings had attempted before—a rigorously accurate and entertaining show focused on historical research. This series features power games, love affairs, cloak-and-dagger, and all those amazing things that made Game of Thrones a thrill to watch. It’s a relatively recent project that Netflix is excited about, and so should we.
Why it’s like Game of Thrones: Violence, sex, and plenty of bloody battles bring this show to an unapologetic life. Set in the era of Roman gladiators, Spartacus revisits the fight pits and the arena of the Roman Circus. Legendary figures, historical context, and a bloodied image of a decaying Rome are taken to the glory of fiction in this prime production. This one doesn’t fall too far from Game of Thrones.
Troy: Fall of a City
Why it’s like Game of Thrones: Through blood and vengeance this series develops from one of the most famous tales of ancient times: the fall of Troy. Paris, Hector, Achilles, Andrómache, Helen, and the rest of the characters involved in this violent story are deeply explored to bring us another vantage point about the betrayal that brought Troy to its knees—and ultimate ruin. The show features real, historical backgrounds rooted in Homer’s narrative, as well as some creative licenses that bring it closer to a modern audience.
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Why it’s like Game of Thrones: The way characters play the game to gain and hold on to power make this series really reminiscent of a Game of Thrones set in a more contemporary century. Plus, sensual scenes are just as common. The fact that this show is a reboot from an ’80s series is really not noticeable, since production is completely adapted to current days. Dialogues and intrigue will likely evoke the wit of Cersei Lannister, for example, as you watch.
Why it’s like Game of Thrones: This series is not about the famous vampire hunter, but about a female relative that bears his name and dedicates her life to the same purpose: hunting these undead as they take over the human race. It’s similar to Game of Thrones in that it sets itself apart from any other fantasy world out there. Ever since Dracula was conceived, many vampire stories have been written and aired. But this one has its own original atmosphere, great characters, and a very post-apocalyptic plot.
Once Upon a Time
Why it’s like Game of Thrones: In this alternate reality, which features all the beloved characters from classic fairy tales living in the same woods, a plot of power and intrigue will certainly bring Game of Thrones to mind. It seems that anytime, anywhere, there are civilization obsessed with these themes. The thing is that, this time around, everyone’s looking for nothing but a happy ending.
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Why it’s like Game of Thrones: Merlin and King Arthur both share a similar fate: the former must follow and protect the latter, even though, in the fictional universe of Merlin, magic is strictly forbidden. Based on the classic legend about these two endearing characters, the show takes its fun liberties to offer an unsuspecting audience several plot twists—which helps keep the familiar legend fresh, new, and exciting. It’s aimed at a teenage or young adult audience, but treason does not discriminate against any particular age.
If you don’t want to think about how your life will change after Game of Thrones, you now have plenty of material to keep yourself entertained for a while.
Translated by Oliver G. Alvar
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