After 8 years and 72 episodes, Game of Thrones is over. If you are reading this, Game of Thrones has been a part of your life for a good part of the last decade, and you’re walking on the precipice of an existential crisis.
But have no fear, for here are a few recommendations that will help fill the void that GoT will leave behind.
Vikings is a semi-historical account of Ragnar Lothbrook, a King of the Vikings. Though the story is mostly fictional, loosely on historical accounts, the creators stay true to the Viking culture. Hence, you get a glimpse into how the Vikings lived, and get a deeper insight into the Scandinavian culture. With its historical backbone, this series builds a formidable functional world, complete with true to life characters.
The Last Kingdom
When Vikings show us the Nordic side of things, The Last Kindom shows us the Saxon side. This series is the tale of Uhtred of Bebbanburg, who was born Saxon but raised by Vikings. Filled with unpredictable plot twists and a protagonist facing insurmountable odds, this series keeps you wondering, “How is this fellow going to pull this off?!”
Roman Empire is a documentary but with reenactments of historical accounts. The series is divided into 3 seasons – each covering the rise and fall of a prominent Roman leader. The story of the first season is centred around Emperor Commodus, the second around Julius Caesar, and the third around Emperor Caligula. With no dearth for death and surprises, this series proves to us that fact is stranger than fiction. Or in this case, history is stranger than fiction.
Now, I can understand if you’re tired of a Medieval setting. Horses, swords, and trebuchets might have lost their charm on you. So here are some non-Medieval recommendations.
Fauda is an Israeli television series and is the story of a counter-terrorism unit. The creators of the show drew inspiration from their time in the Israeli Defense Forces, and have managed to create a realistic yet captivating narrative. If you like true to life espionage movies, then you’ll like this one too.
Moving on to counter-terrorism in the US. Homeland is the story of Nicholas Brody, a US Marine who was held captive by the terrorist Abu Nazir. The series starts with Brody being rescued from captivity, and soon after, it is revealed that a PoW had turned to the enemy’s side in captivity. The show has plot twists, planned strategically, that will keep you engaged till the very end.
Ever wondered what the life of a Wall Street tycoon was like? Billions is the story of the rivalry between a US Attorney and a billionaire hedge fund manager. This series keeps you engaged with its storyline and heavy emphasis on game theory.
Silicon Valley is the story of 5 people who start a company in Silicon Valley. Now, this is the only comedy recommendation on this list. But it makes it the cut as it gives you a different perspective of the ‘start-up’ world.
So, let’s wipe those tears away. Jon will survive in the ‘true North’. He’s part Stark, after all! You should move on to find another hero, another cause to champion. Who will it be?
Those were our suggestions. If you have others, let us know in the comments section.