The wait for the next season of Game of Thrones is as gruesome as the violence on the show. It is like a period of existential crisis for many ardent and passionate fans. However, this crisis can be resolved easily by filling the vacuum created by GoT with new shows that are in one way or another, similar to GoT. Here is a list of four such shows.
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At least five years before Game of Thrones, this TV show revolutionised the way period dramas were made. Telling a fictional story of two Roman soldiers, it gave a glimpse of major political events that led to the birth of the Roman Empire under Octavian Caesar. Though it ran for only two seasons from 2005 to 2007, it set such high standards in terms of performances, script, and production value which are difficult to match even today.
2. Downton Abbey:
Set in England of the 1920s, this historical drama shows us the change that the English society went through during, after, and due to the First World War. Even though the story is totally fictional and major political events are only mentioned in passing, the show is a brilliant commentary on the monumental shift that marked the lives of the different classes of the English society, especially the aristocracy and the working class.
This HBO show could be called as Modern, comic, non-violent version of Game of Thrones. You see a handful of power hungry politician compete for the iron throne, which is the presidency of the U.S.A. in this case, within a democratic set up. However, the story revolves solely around the titular character Vice President Selina Meyer. This show is undoubtedly one of the best works of satire on television.
4. The Tudors:
This period drama set against the backdrop of Medieval England narrates a fictionalised version of the reign of King Henry VIII of the Tudor dynasty of the English Monarchy. The show has a magnanimous set up and stars popular Hollywood actors like John Rhys Meyers and Henry Cavill in major roles, along with Game of Thrones’ Margery Tyrell aka Natalie Dormer who plays a manipulative yet unlucky queen once again.
After learning about this show, the next and obvious question would be where and how can you watch these shows. Well, you can watch them online via apps that host TV content from the west. Alternatively, you can also order their DVDs.