Finished Game of Thrones? The 11 Best Shows to Fill the Void

Mihir Patkar 01-09-2017

The penultimate season of Game of Thrones (GoT) has finished, setting things up nicely for the final season. Unfortunately, you’ll have to wait a while for that season to arrive on your TV screen. But don’t worry, as there are a few other shows to fill that GoT-shaped hole in your life.


We have listed shows based on their availability in the U.S. on different platforms. If you’re not in the United States, you can either use a VPN or Proxy DNS VPN vs. DNS: Which Is Best for Secure Video Streaming? Been considering a VPN to help you watch your favorite TV shows online and avoid region blocking? What if we told you there was a faster, but less secure, alternative? Read More or check how to stream them in your country How to Check Which Movies Are Available to Stream Want to know if your favorite movies or TV shows are available to stream? Here are several tools that make it easy to check. Read More with JustWatch.

1. Spartacus (2010-2013)

  • Seasons: 4
  • Average Episode Runtime: 55 minutes
  • Ratings: IMDb: 8.6 | Rotten Tomatoes: 65%

What It’s About: Spartacus tells the tale of the world’s most famous gladiator. A warrior who once fought for the Romans, this is the tale of how Spartacus was betrayed and then forced to fight for his life in arenas. The second season is a small prequel, and the main story continues in seasons three and four. If you want, watch the second season first, and then watch the other three.

Why It’s Like GoT: Spartacus has even more blood, gore, and gratuitous sex than GoT ever did. The show tries to realistically depict the debaucherous lifestyles of the wealthy in those ancient times, and the cruel hardships of the slaves.

2. Rome (2005-2007)

  • Seasons: 2
  • Average Episode Runtime: 90 minutes
  • Ratings: IMDb: 8.8 | Rotten Tomatoes: N/A

What It’s About: Arguably the show that started the fascination for such period dramas, Rome is a classic. Told through the eyes of two lowly soldiers, see how Julius Caesar captured power in the most civilized city in the world at the time. And then see how it all collapsed. The second season follows the political struggle between Octavian and Mark Antony after Caesar’s death. It’s one of the shows that make HBO Now worth the money The 15 Best HBO Shows That Make It Worth the Money If you're considering subscribing to HBO, these are the best HBO shows that we think make it worth the money. Read More .

Why It’s Like GoT: The political intrigue in Game of Thrones is one of its greatest assets. Clans and factions, alliances and betrayals, and the use of marriages and offspring to wage mind games — this era of Rome was unlike any other. And with all due respect to the Lannisters, no one plays political games like Julius Caesar did.


3. The Borgias (2011-2013)

  • Seasons: 3
  • Average Episode Runtime: 50 minutes
  • Ratings: IMDb: 7.9 | Rotten Tomatoes: 71%

What It’s About: In 15th century Italy, Pope Alexander VI became a controversial and polarizing papal figure. Born Rodrigo de Borja, the word “Borgias” came to be synonymous with nepotism and his philandering. Follow the tale of the Borgia family as they blackmail, bribe, and cheat their way to power.

Why It’s Like GoT: While the Starks and Targaryens are the heroes, the Lannisters are probably the most interesting family in GoT. Watching The Borgias is akin to watching how Tywin gained his power by strategically using his children. Until his death he managed to stay one step ahead of their schemes, much like Pope Alexander VI.

  • Watch The Borgias on Netflix
  • Watch The Borgias on Showtime

4. Vikings (2013-Present)

  • Seasons: 5
  • Average Episode Runtime: 42 minutes
  • Ratings: IMDb: 8.7 | Rotten Tomatoes: 91%

What It’s About: Gather round and hear the tale of Lagnar Rothbrok, the most famous Viking leader in history. The Norse chieftain’s exploits are the stuff of legend, and depicted in all their bloody glory here. But the real star of the show is Lagertha (played by Kateryn Winnick), who is the most badass woman warrior you have seen on screen. Not surprising, considering she’s a licensed bodyguard in real life.

Why It’s Like GoT: Vikings has its share of political drama, but at its core, it’s all about the action. If GoT impressed you with epic fight scenes like the “Battle of the Bastards,” Vikings should be right up your alley. People of humble origins, a code of honor, and women who kick ass… what’s not to like? No wonder it’s one of the unmissable shows on 16 Unmissable TV Shows You Should Watch on Hulu Right Now Netflix, Amazon are the current kings of online streaming. However, it would be a mistake to dismiss Hulu out of hand, as it hosts a number of truly unmissable TV shows. Shows like these... Read More Hulu.


5. The Last Kingdom (2015-Present)

  • Seasons: 2
  • Average Episode Runtime: 60 minutes
  • Ratings: IMDb: 8.7 | Rotten Tomatoes: 92%

What It’s About: In an effort to expand their kingdoms, the Vikings set sail for England in the 9th century. But England wasn’t united back then. It was a series of small kingdoms, with the leaders always quarrelling amongst themselves. Until one of them, an adopted son, decides to fight the incoming hordes and take back the lands of his forefathers. Does this Jon Snow know something?

Why It’s Like GoT: Here comes the true King of the North! Stark loyalists, this one’s for you. Set in a similar bleak and cold environment of Northern England, The Last Kingdom is the coming-of-age story of a king who wasn’t meant to be king.

6. Outlander (2014-Present)

  • Seasons: 3
  • Average Episode Runtime: 42 minutes
  • Ratings: IMDb: 8.5 | Rotten Tomatoes: 94%

What It’s About: There’s more fantasy than history in this one, as Claire, a British combat nurse from World War II, time-travels back to 1743 Scotland. She lands in the middle of a war between the Redcoats and the Highlanders. Claire’s knowledge of modern medicine turns her into an incredible healer for the Highlanders. And predictably, she falls for the most charming of them.

Why It’s Like GoT: As you might know, GoT derives from George R. R. Martin’s A Song Of Ice And Fire books. Outlander is a similar series of ongoing novels, with the ninth instalment coming soon. And the themes are similar too, as it starts off with action and evolves into political drama. So much so that when it didn’t get any Emmy nominations, Martin himself famously said, “Outlander was robbed.”


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7. Marco Polo (2014-2016)

  • Seasons: 2
  • Average Episode Runtime: 60 minutes
  • Ratings: IMDb: 8.1 | Rotten Tomatoes: 24%

What It’s About: The famous adventurer Marco Polo was one of the first Europeans to travel to China in the 13th century and meet the ruler Kublai Khan. The series explores Marco’s strange relationship with Khan, along with exploring what early China was like.

Why It’s Like GoT: Needless to say, there is plenty of debauchery. Khan is historically notorious for his love of drinking, eating, and womanizing. Marco Polo was also one of the best Netflix originals of 2017 15 New Netflix Originals You'll Be Watching in 2017 Netflix is now producing its own original content. And some of the new Netflix Originals set to debut in 2017 definitely look like they'll be worth watching. Read More . You’ll witness excellent sets and grand war scenes, which every GoT fan will appreciate.

Once you’re done with the main series, watch the short episode One Hundred Eyes, based on the show’s most interesting character.

  • Watch Marco Polo on Netflix

8. The Tudors (2007-2010)

  • Seasons: 4
  • Average Episode Runtime: 52 minutes
  • Ratings: IMDb: 8.1 | Rotten Tomatoes: 71%

What It’s About: The reign of King Henry VIII of England was controversial, to say the least. It was a tumultuous time between the church and the state. King Henry eventually rejected the Roman Catholic Church to divorce his wife and marry Anne Boleyn. The Tudors unravels the drama, layer after layer.

Why It’s Like GoT: If all of GoT was based in King’s Landing, you’d have an idea of what The Tudors is like. You’ll see grand sets, immaculate costumes, and a stellar cast which also includes several actors from Game of Thrones. In fact, fan favorite Natalie Dormer plays Anne Boleyn, while the new Superman Henry Cavill is second lead.

  • Watch The Tudors on Netflix
  • Watch The Tudors on Showtime

9. Into The Badlands (2015-Present)

  • Seasons: 3
  • Average Episode Runtime: 42 minutes
  • Ratings: IMDb: 8.1 | Rotten Tomatoes: 77%

What It’s About: In a post-apocalyptic world without guns, seven barons rule the desolate lands. Each baron controls some precious commodity. Meanwhile, the region’s deadliest warrior and a young boy with mysterious powers find their paths intertwined, leading them into the badlands. They’ll live by the sword, or they’ll die by it.

Why It’s Like GoT: Not many shows feature melee combat as regularly as GoT does. The only one to outdo it is Into The Badlands, where sword fights and hand-to-hand combat are all the rage. Each episode has plenty of action, and the political intrigue between the barons adds to the drama.

10. Black Sails (2014-Present)

  • Seasons: 4
  • Average Episode Runtime: 52 minutes
  • Ratings: IMDb: 8.3 | Rotten Tomatoes: 80%

What It’s About: Before the events of Treasure Island, Captain Flint and his crew were the most fierce bunch of pirates in the Caribbean. From taking on the official fleets of the British navy to hunting for treasure, there is plenty of adventure here in Black Sails.

Why It’s Like GoT: If you thought GoT had plenty of bloody violence and sex, you haven’t seen anything yet. We are talking about anti-heroes, villains, and more villains here. Pretty much no one is good in Black Sails.

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11. The Walking Dead (2010-Present)

  • Seasons: 8
  • Average Episode Runtime: 42 minutes
  • Ratings: IMDb: 8.5 | Rotten Tomatoes: 82%

What It’s About: A sheriff wakes up from a coma to discover that the dead have risen from their graves. The world has been overrun by zombies, destroying civilization as we know it. The sheriff needs to find his wife and son, and figure out how to protect them all in this age of the undead. It’s one of the scariest shows to binge watch 15 Scary TV Shows to Binge-Watch Over Halloween What better way to anticipate Halloween than by binge-watching scary TV shows on your favorite streaming service? Read More .

Why It’s Like GoT: As GoT fans wait for the great war between the undead and the humans, you can whet your appetite with The Walking Dead. It’s eight seasons of a similar premise, where a small bunch of humans fights a large horde of zombies. And wouldn’t you know it, there is political in-fighting and downright evil people among warring settlements here too.

Which GoT-Like Shows Did We Miss?

Depending on why you watch Game of Thrones, some of these shows should keep you entertained until the next season. Personally, I’d start with Rome. It’s a look at actual history like never before. Of course, you can choose to learn the history of GoT on YouTube instead.

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  1. Soheil
    October 8, 2017 at 6:17 am

    "The White Queen", Starz and BBC One 2013 miniseries based on a novel by Philippa Gregory About "Wars of Roses" the most important source of inspiration for George RR Martin writing his novel series declared by himself. You'll be shocked by the similarities between stories and characters of the shows.

  2. Kevin
    September 4, 2017 at 6:21 am

    The Hollow Crown

  3. Sh1n0b1
    September 2, 2017 at 12:14 am

    Great show about crytocurrency startup, but only 1 season so far

  4. Mark J
    September 1, 2017 at 7:25 pm

    House of Cards. Not a fantasy or a period piece, but definitely Lanister like treachery.