With Season 7 of Game of Thrones still a long way from premiering, fans are doing everything they can to survive the hiatus.
Fortunately, there are a number of ways fans can fill the Game of Thrones-sized void and withstand the withdrawals until Season 7 airs next year.
For starters, it might help to find a good show to watch on Sunday nights.
According to The Wrap, AMC’s Preacher is a great Sunday night alternative to Game of Thrones.
Although Preacher isn’t set in medieval times, it is based on a popular comic book series. The story centers on a Texas preacher named Jesse Custer who attempts to find God with the help of an Irish vampire and his ex-girlfriend, who is also a hitman.
Of course, for fans who enjoy a good fantasy, then the Legend of Korra might be more to their liking.
The series airs on Nickelodeon and is the sequel to Avatar: The Last Airbender. Along with gorgeous animated scenes, the show boasts a number of strong characters and is currently two seasons deep.
One of the strengths of Game of Thrones are the character’s attempts to gain ultimate power. If you are looking for a show along these lines, then Rome might fill that void.
Rome only lasted for two seasons on HBO, but was only canceled because of its massive budget. However, the 22 episodes that remain follow the rise and demise of Julius Caesar and the power vacuum that ensued.
When it comes to violence, one of the few shows that compares to Game of Thrones is Penny Dreadful.
This Showtime series recently concluded after three seasons and centers on a Victorian horror story. Penny Dreadful features an all-star cast, including Eva Green, Billie Piper, and Timothy Dalton, and is sure to fulfill all the gory drama you need.
Speaking of gore, Zap2it reports that Game of Thrones fans should definitely binge watch The Walking Dead.
Not only does The Walking Dead feature plenty of violence, but its characters often flirt with the boundary of good and evil.
If period dramas are more your style, then consider taking a look at Vikings.
The show’s setting is similar to Game of Thrones, and its characters will also make you question their motives, making it a perfect pairing ahead of Season 7.
According to BuzzFeed, another period show worth reviewing is The Borgias.
The Borgias contains all the political intrigue of Game of Thrones, but doesn’t feature any of the magical elements.
If you are tired of dragons flying around and White Walkers raising people from the dead, then The Borgias is a show you don’t want to miss.
That being said, if fantasy is what you’re after, then The Shannara Chronicles is right up your alley.
The Shannara Chronicles, which airs on MTV and is available to stream on Netflix, is based on the YA novels of the same name.
It features all the fun stuff of high fantasy, including magic, elves, demons, and much more.
Of course, if binge watching a new show doesn’t satisfy your Game of Thrones withdrawal, then you aren’t entirely out of luck.
According to Times, you could start reading (or re-reading) George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, or you could even plan a Game of Thrones-themed getaway.
Whatever you end up doing, whether it’s binge watching a new show or settling down with a good book, the countdown for Season 7 of the hit series couldn’t dwindle down faster.
The new season of Game of Thrones is expected to premiere sometime in the spring of 2017.
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