Game of Thrones Season 8 still far away. What are loyal subjects of the Seven Kingdoms to do with themselves? What to binge? Your true-to-life replica of Longclaw is collecting dust and has not been slick with the blood of your enemies in far too long. You’ve read and re-read A Song of Ice and Fire (and listened to the audiobooks more than once). You long to raise your banner and hear the cry of battle, yet you’re stuck on the couch — and 2019 can’t come soon enough.
If you’ve been jonesing for your next Game of Thrones fix and can’t wait until the Season 8 premiere, here are five binge-worthy shows to get you through the painstaking wait.
Vikings will scratch that Game of Thrones binge itch
While Game of Thrones has giants and dragons, Vikings has Berserkers (and Travis Fimmel, of course). While Vikings may not have the scale or the CGI of Game of Thrones, hearing the guttural cry of “SHIELD WALL!” is sure to get the blood flowing and the adrenaline pumping. While the historical accuracy has been called into question, Vikings delivers on all fronts when it comes to entertainment value. The performances from the stellar cast will have you rooting for Northmen and Saxon alike.
The second half of Vikings Season 5 premieres in November 2018 on The History Channel. If you have an Amazon Prime membership, you can binge every episode to date. Valhalla awaits!
Troy: Fall of a City
Netflix has been steadily delving into the realm of historical period pieces, and Troy: Fall of a City is one of their newer entries. It’s a perfect match for Game of Thrones binge watchers. Whether or not you’ve read Homer, everyone has heard of Helen and the fall of Troy. The latest adaptation from Netflix proves that the epic story of love and war is as relevant today as it was in antiquity.
This adaptation is closer to the original source material in some ways when compared to Wolfgang Petersen’s Troy (2004) starring Brad Pitt. In Troy: Fall of a City we see Greek Gods depicted in human form. They work to influence the outcome of various battles scattered throughout the series. This adaptation also has a modern touch. Both Zeus and Achilles are played by non-white actors.
All eight episodes of Troy: Fall of a City can be streamed now on Netflix.
Listen up, Sassenachs! If you haven’t read the books or watched the Starz series, you’re missing out. Binge this series now. The beloved series of books by Diana Gabaldon has become an equally stellar television series. The fiery fanbase is as red hot as Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe are on-screen. While Game of Thrones and Vikings rely on epic, large-scale battle sequences to carry the show, Outlander relies on the scorching chemistry between Caitriona Balfe’s Claire and Sam Heughan’s Jamie to win the day (and scald the bedsheets at night). This is not to say that Outlander does not have its share of intrigue and battle sequences, however, with as much fire as there is between Claire and Jamie, dragons need not apply.
Season 4 of Outlander will premiere on Starz in November 2018. In the meantime, viewers can binge all current episodes with a Starz subscription. You can also add on a digital subscription to Starz through Amazon Prime.
The Last Kingdom
Based on the series of books by Bernard Cornwell, The Last Kingdom follows Utred of Bebbanburg as he is caught in the middle of the fight between Saxon and Dane. Born a Saxon but kidnapped by the Northmen and raised as a Dane, Utred (Alexander Draymon) consistently has one foot in both camps throughout the series. His loyalty is tested. He is used as a Chess piece to fulfill both Saxon and Dane aims.
There is definitely overlap between The Last Kingdom and Vikings. Viewers that binge both shows recognize characters like Ragnar and Alfred the Great. That said, while both deal with similar subject matter, each stands on its own. They are closer to complimentary pieces than competing. As with Vikings, viewers of The Last Kingdom will find themselves rooting for both Dane and Saxon throughout the series. No matter which side you root for, however, the battle cry of “SHIELD WALL!” is universal. All viewers will rally to answer.
The Last Kingdom is now streaming on Netflix. Season 3 will premiere later this year. Destiny is all.
— The Last Kingdom (@TheLastKingdom) June 22, 2017
Britannia showcases the might of the Roman Empire as her legions try to subdue Celtic adversaries. Rather than being a run-of-the-mill flexing of Roman muscle, however, Britannia incorporates a fantasy twist. Written by Jez Butterworth (Edge of Tomorrow, Spectre) and starring David Morrissey (The Walking Dead) as Roman politician and general Aulus Plautius, this series melds good, old-fashioned Roman warfare with Druid mysticism. Britannia blurs the lines between historical period piece and fantasy. For Game of Thrones fans, there is also a Hound and Arya love/hate relationship between Divis and Islene. If you enjoy Game of Thrones, you will want to binge Britannia.
The first season of Britannia is available to stream through Amazon Prime.
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