Admit it, you have Game of Thrones withdrawal. It's OK, we're not judging you here at Starpulse, mainly because we're in the same boat! We miss Game of Thrones as much as you do, and the idea of waiting for season 5 when it airs sometime around April 2015, well, is tearing us up inside. After four years of investing our time, patience, love, hate and endless fan chatter about the characters of Game of Thrones, to have them snatched away from us yet again is genuinely cruel.
However, there is hope! While you may have to wait just under a year until you get your Game of Thrones fix, there are other TV shows out there that may ease your suffering, TV shows that resemble Game of Thrones narratively, visually or simply in tone. So, from one Game of Thrones fan to another, here are 5 TV shows for your Game of Thrones withdrawal.
Vikings (2013- Present)
Created by screenwriter Michael Hirst, Vikings follows the legend of Ragnar Lodbrook, a ruler in Norse mythology that was known for his many raids on England and France. The series draws on many historical accounts of Ragnar, but largely is creative with its portrayal of him. In the series Ragnar is played by Travis Fimmel, an Australian actor that absolutely inhabits the role of the fierce, deadly and violent Lodbrook. The first season focuses heavily on Ragnar's rise to power within his community, and his various raids on monasteries and villages in England. What's surprising about Vikings compared to other TV shows out there, is that no one in the cast is portrayed as a truly good person.
Sure, we're meant to be on Ragnar's side, but after scenes of him hacking innocents to pieces and cutting down unarmed churchgoers... well, the notion of calling him a “hero” gets a little muddled. But that's what makes Vikings so enjoyable, as it's not a sugar coated insight into a world we've only seen in school books. Packed with action, violence, some sly Viking nudity and a general unrelenting and unapologetic look at Viking culture, Vikings is an excellent Game of Thrones substitute.
Battlestar Galactica (2004- 2009)
I know what you're thinking. You're thinking, “But this is science fiction! How can this be anything like Game of Thrones!?” Well, it's actually quite a lot like Game of Thrones. Though Battlestar Galactica was originally a 1970's campy series, this updated version was a bold, powerful and fantastic re-imagining of what came before it. Battlestar Galactica focuses on the survivors of all out attack on their home world by sentient, human-like robots known as Cylons. Taking human form, these Cylons unleash a nuclear attack on humanity in multiple locations. Escaping the planet is the battlestar Galactica, an out of commission ship that holds some of what is left of mankind.
The series mainly focuses on humanity outrunning the Cylons, but throughout its 5 year run, Battlestar Galactica dealt with many political, environmental and social issues. From abortion, the rights of artificial intelligent beings, religion and torture, Battlestar Galactica was set in space, but presented us with some very real-world questions. With a near-death civilisation that has a balance of power that hangs by a thread, Battlestar Galactica is a Game of Thrones fix for the science fiction fans out there.