6 shows to binge watch while we wait the long winter for Game of Thrones to return

By ·July 28, 2016 12:54 pm

With the latest news that the seventh season of Game of Thrones will not air until the summer of 2017, we’ve put together a small list of six tv series that will sate your appetitie for all things Westeros, while we wait out the long winter for it’s return.

For those not in the know, the reason season seven will be delayed is due the wrong enviromental conditions at the set locations. This is because season seven of Game of Thrones will take place during winter and as such, the filming locations need to be in the midst of winter before production can begin.

So while the showrunners wait for the grim weather to arrive before they can start filming their epic seventh season, we’ve put together a list of some of our favourite shows that we think will appeal to Game of Thrones fans while we (not so) patiently wait for it’s return in summer 2017.


1] Rome (HBO)


Rome was a historical HBO epic than ran from 2005-2007 and had a fairly large and devoted fanbase. The show was set in the last days of the Roman Republic and depicted the lives of the city’s nobles, soldiers and plebs, while featuring prominent historical figures such as Julius Caesar, Mark Antony, Cleopatra, as well as characters that were roughly based on other personalities from the period. Sadly, the show only ran for two seasons before getting cancelled because it was simply too expensive. However, the second season wraps up the story in a grand and loving fashion that left the fans satisfied.

Why Rome will appeal to fans of Game of Thrones:

If you watch Game of Thrones for its medieval politics, the scheming, the plotting and the spectacular battle sequences, then Rome is exactly for you. Being an incredibly expensive show to produce, Rome has managed to bring a few of the famous historical battles to life, and the politics of the Roman Republic largely resemble the ones of Westeros, with numerous characters attempting to rise to power by using less than fair means. Characters such as Atia, Mark Antony or Lucius Vorenus will surely help you get through the hiatus while Cersei and the Hound aren’t around.


2] House of Cards (Netflix)


This Netflix original, which already has four 13-episode seasons while the fifth one is on the way has already collected 2 Golden Globe and 6 Emmy awards, and is probably not going to stop there. The show tells a story of Frank Underwood, who, with the help of his wife, attempts to rise in power in the White House after being denied the position of Secretary of State. The means that the Underwoods often use to gain what they want would shock even the most hardened politicians, and the show keeps on delivering with new, more and more shocking machinations.

Why House of Cards will appeal to fans of Game of Thrones:

As mentioned above, the political scheming seen in this show would put even Littlefinger to shame. The show depicts the darkest and dirtiest political moves of the grimy underbelly of (fictional) American politics. Frank and Claire Underwood definitely stand out as two of the most interesting political schemers of television today.


3] Marco Polo (Netflix)


Another Netflix original, this series depicts the early years of the explorer Marco Polo, and his adventures in the court of Kublai Khan, the ruler of Mongolia in the 13th century. Already running for two seasons, the show has drawn both historical fiction fans, and regular viewers alike.

Why Marco Polo will appeal to fans of Game of Thrones:

The general vibe and feel of the show seems to be borrowed directly from Game of Thrones – which doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad thing. While criticized by some to have borrowed many ‘sensationalist’ qualities of Game of Thrones, the show has a lot to offer in itself. Violence, battle sequences and political intrigue abound, this show is something that many Thrones lovers can get behind.


4] Outlander (Starz)


Outlander is a series that mix historical fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, romance and adventure into a blend that works surprisingly well. Based on the series of novels by Diana Gabaldon, it tells the story of Claire Beauchamp, a woman that mysteriously travels back in time to the 18th century Scotland, where she meets a highlander warrior Jamie, and becomes involved in the Jacobite rebellions. The show has currently finished its second season, and is renewed for at least two more, so there is a lot to look forward to.

Why Outlander will appeal to fans of Game of Thrones:

It is historic fiction at its finest. While the show doesn’t have a budget big enough to depict intense battle sequences, it draws heavily from realistic war tactics and accurate historic realism in its depiction of 17th century Scottish rebellions. In other words, it shows realistic war in every way except for the battles themselves, and if you enjoy the war politics of Game of Thrones, you will certainly enjoy this show as well.


5] Vikings (History)


The first ever scripted series on the History channel, Vikings depicts the travels and adventures of Ragnar Lothbrok, who is one of the most well-known legendary Norse heroes and travellers. The audience follows Ragnar on his multiple trips to England and France, and the battles with the locals who live there. Drawing heavily from the Norse mythology, Vikings masterfully blurs the line between historical fiction and myth. Having already aired three seasons, Vikings is currently on its fourth one, with 10 episodes out already, and 10 more to be released later this year.

Why Vikings will appeal to fans of Game of Thrones:

This show is for everyone who misses the mythic element of Game of Thrones. While the show never really shows anything magical in itself, it manages to incorporate the mysterious mythic and supernatural feeling into an otherwise realistic political-historical setting. With religion playing a big part in the story, the show’s strength lies in subtly blurring the line between what is real and what seems to be out of the ordinary without actually showing it. If you are a fan of the supernatural element of Game of Thrones, you have to check Vikings out.


6] The Borgias (Showtime)


The Borgias was a series that told the story of the noble Italian family, also known as the “original crime family”, and their desperate attempts to maintain the grip on power. The show ran for three seasons before getting cancelled, very similarly to Rome, because of its high production costs.

Why The Borgias will appeal to fans of Game of Thrones:

Remember the Lannisters? Well, the Borgia family is quite a lot like them, with their corruption, bribery, and yes, even incest. The starting point of the show is the Pope dying, which mirrors Jon Arryn being poisoned in the beginning of Thrones. Besides that, this show also features a plethora of scheming and plotting and poisoning that will get our Game of Thrones-missing hearts pumping with excitement.

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Image credits: HBO, Netflix, Starz, History, Showtime.

Written by Vytautas Jokubaitis

Features Writer

Vytas is a graduate in English Philology and the Spanish language from Lithuania, currently doing his masters in England.

His hobbies include watching TV and movies, gaming and reading. He is also interested in all the things that make stories work, such as tropes and other devices.

His specialty subjects include A Song of Ice and Fire and other fantasy, Star Wars, and any other Sci-Fi stuff.

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