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8 Shows To Watch During the ‘Game of Thrones’ Drought

Whether it's the gruesome scenes or the political drama that got you hooked to Game of Thrones in the first place, there's always going to be a show that would tickle your fancy. 

It's been a few weeks since the most recent season of Game of Thrones ended and needless to say, everyone is in need of more action and drama from their favorite characters. But we won't be getting those because the show's not returning until next year, right? 

It's a good thing that there's still a lot of TV shows to binge-watch during the GOT-drought. And whether it's the gruesome scenes or the political drama that got you hooked to Game of Thrones in the first place, there's always going to be a show that would tickle your fancy. 

Here are 8 shows you can binge-watch while waiting for the final season: 

1. Vikings

Stream it on: Netflix


Number of Seasons: 4

Inspired by the tales of raiding and exploring Norsemem in medieval Scandinavia, Vikings follows the story of Ragnar Lothbrok, his tribe, and his family and how he rose to be the King of the Viking tribes. If you're into warring clans, bloody sieges, and romances, this show is worth checking out. 

2. Outlander

Stream it on: Netflix

Number of Seasons: 

A series based on the series of books by Diana Gabaldon, Outlander follows Claire Randall, an English nurse from the 1940s who was transported back to 1743 after she touches a magic rock by mistake. There she meets the Scotsman Jamie Fraser who she eventually has to marry to stay safe in Scotland. Check this out if you enjoyed Game of Thrones' politics, magic, and timey-wimey element. 

3. Downton Abbey 

Stream it on: iFlix

Number of Seasons: 5

Downton Abbey depicts the story of the Crawleys, an aristocractic family who lived in the post-Edwardian era, and how some history's greatest events affected their lives and the social hierarchy. If you're into stories on successions and power, you'll probably enjoy this as it has characters plotting against another for power, guys who die for their honor, and more. Plus, if you're already missing Rose Leslie (a.k.a. Ygritte) and Iain Glenn (a.k.a. Jorah Mormont), you'll catch them here. 

4. Frontier

Stream it on: Netflix

Number of Seasons: 1

Jason Momoa plays Declan Harp in Frontier, a drama set in 18th century historical drama where trappers and entrepreneurs fight to control the the fur trade from the mighty Hudson's Bay Company. How is it like Game of Thrones? Jason Momoa says it's so in the sense that it has the bloodiness and the savageness of the HBO series. He also speaks English, so you can very much understand his lines without needing subtitles. 

5. House of Cards

Stream it on: Netflix

Number of Seasons: 5

If you want a show that's like Game of Thrones but is set in the modern times, House of Cards should definitely be at the top of your list. Set in 2010s Washington D.C., the show revolves around a politician who would do everything he can to have control over the state. House of Cards may follow only Kevin Spacey's Frank Underwood, but there are also other characters who act like little chess pieces in the game that is politics. 

6. Westworld

Stream it on: HBO Go

Number of Seasons: 1

A series based on a film of the same name, Westworld is a sci-fi thriller set in a technologically-advanced theme park populated by robots. High-paying guests need only pay to enter and do whatever they want in the park, without any of the hosts retaliating. Like Thrones, the show also has reputation of killing the unexpected (think Ned Stark), and empowering women (like Daenerys!) – something that got everyone hooked from the first season on. 

7. Penny Dreadful 

Stream it on: Netflix

Number of Seasons: 

Penny Dreadful is a show set in Victorian London, exploring the classic stories of Dracula, Frankenstein, Dorian Gray, and more. Aside from the strong female characters, the show also has dead characters coming back to life, witchcraft, and graphic battle scenes, something to watch out for if you've always been the kind who loves gore. 

8. The Tudors

Stream it on: Netflix

Number of Seasons: 4

Another period drama, The Tudors follows the Tudor monarch Henry VIII, and all the splendors and scandals that had surrounded his reign. It resembles Thrones in the sense that a huge chunk of the story is all about politics. If you want to see it more of Natalie Dormer (who plays Margaery Tyrell), you'd see her here as Anne Boleyn.  


Which show will you be streaming first? Let us know in the comments! 


Homestream image taken from the official trailers of House of Cards, Downton Abbey, and Frontier

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