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10 TV Shows To Watch Now That Game of Thrones is Over

The final victim after eight seasons of fire, ice, and bloodshed on HBO’s fantasy epic Game of Thrones just might be our Sunday nights. Thrones had established itself as the appointment TV show of the decade, and now that the game is over, there’s a void left in both the television landscape and the hearts of many viewers who crave watercooler-ready event pop culture.

But don’t worry, there’s still plenty of shows, both old and new, to fill the vacuum left by Game of Thrones. Here’s ten of the most notable:

[SPOILERS below]

Westworld

Westworld’s third season is still a year away, but there’s a reason the sci-fi western drama adapted for HBO by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy takes its time between installments, and it’s not just its incredibly high production values. The show’s incredibly complex, weaving storylines take time to map out and write, but leave fans with plenty of theories and mythology to chew on each week in the same way Game of Thrones has since 2011.

Stranger Things

There will be more than just fireworks this Independence Day–this Fourth of July will see the season three premiere of Netflix’s nostalgic horror/sci-fi series, Stranger Things. As the show’s child stars mature into teenagers and the time period reaches the heart of the 1980s, we’re expecting shopping malls, New Wave music, and of course, Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) facing off with terrifying grotesque monsters.

A Discovery of Witches

The new critically-acclaimed BBC series A Discovery of Witches stars Matthew Goode (Downton Abbey, The Good Wife) and Teresa Palmer (Hacksaw Ridge, Triple 9) and is based on Deborah Harkness’ bestselling All Souls trilogy. Its first season comprises eight episodes and its tale of magic and witchcraft should scratch the itch of Thrones fans wanting more magic in their pop culture.

His Dark Materials

His Dark Materials was first adapted into a blockbuster 2007 Hollywood film, The Golden Compass, that bombed hard and put the planned trilogy to a halt. Fans of the beloved series have been clamoring for another adaptation ever since, and are finally getting it thanks to a collaboration between HBO, BBC, and New Line Cinema. The cast includes Ruth Wilson (The Affair), James McAvoy (X-Men), Dafne Keen (Logan), and Hamilton star and creator Lin-Manuel Miranda. The historical fantasy that, yes, deals with magic, spirits, and the end of the world–but also talking polar bears–is expected to surpass fans’ already-high expectations; its second season is already in pre-production.

The Walking Dead

The zombie smash hit will be back on AMC for its tenth season in October, coming off its game-changing ninth season that saw the loss of series protagonist Rick Grimes. New showrunner Angela Kang was praised for steering the show into a new era with several new castmembers and the rise of big, big bads The Whisperers. The Whisperers storyline will continue in the new season, and likely lead to the deaths of even more fan favorite characters, including Michonne, whose actress Danai Gurira is rumored to be leaving the show soon.

Good Omens

One of the most anticipated shows of 2019 is Amazon Prime Video’s adaptation of Good Omens, the fan favorite comedic novel by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman about the birth of the Antichrist and the end of everything. Amazon spared no expense and the show boasts an incredible cast: Michael Sheen, David Tennant, Jon Hamm, Miranda Richardson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Brian Cox, and Frances McDormand. The six episodes of the series were directed by Douglas McKinnon (Doctor Who) and focuses on Sheen and Tennant as a bickering angel and demon forced to team up to stop the Apocalypse.

The Witcher

Based on the wildly popular video game, The Witcher will be a Netflix original about Geralt of Rivia, a solitary monster hunter, who struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more evil than the creatures he faces. Henry Cavill is moving on from Superman and Justice League and has physically transformed into the fan-favorite, silver-haired protagonist.

The Expanse

The Expanse has been drawing comparisons to Game of Thrones since its debut in 2015, and the parallels are obvious. Both are adapted from a series of epic, bestselling novels and both deal with multiple alliances, betrayals, political maneuvering, and a supernatural threat that overwhelming it all. The story by James S. A. Corey involves grounded, realistic space exploration in the somewhat near future when Earth, Mars, and the Asteroid Belt are all warring governments who must come together to deal with an extragalactic… something. Its first three seasons aired on Syfy, but after being cancelled, season four will air on Amazon Prime Video, possibly because Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is a huge fan of the series.

The Lord of the Rings

Amazon Prime Video is pouring over a billion dollars to create the most expensive television show in history, a five-season prequel to JRR Tolkien’s Middle Earth epic. Amazon has been keeping details surrounding the production very close to the vest, but a late 2019 release hasn’t yet been ruled out. Once the show does air, expect Lord of the Rings to dominate pop culture conversation in the same way Game of Thrones, and the original Lord of the Rings film trilogy, once did.

Untitled Game of Thrones Prequel

Then again, maybe Game of Thrones will fill the Game of Thrones-shaped hole in our hearts. Well before the series ended, HBO had commissioned up to five spinoffs to be created, though details about most of them have been sparse. One such show, by Bryan Cogman, has already been cancelled. Another is rumored to be an adaptation of Robert’s Rebellion, the near-recent civil war that directly led to the first season of Thrones.

However, one prequel is already in production, with a pilot to be filmed sometime this year. Its cast includes Naomi Watts as series lead, as well as Miranda Richardson and John Simm. The story is supposedly set 10,000 years before the current series, and will involve the Age of Heroes and possibly the mysterious origin of the Night King.

So while the watch has ended for Game of Thrones, one of the most epic, expensive, talked-about series in the history of television, rest assured there will still be plenty more content to watch, dissect, and argue about online.

5 Memorable Moments From Game of Thrones Season 6

Like every season that preceded it, Season 6 of HBO’s Game of Thrones has provided its audience with some unforgettable moments that are completely original to television. GoT has continues to entertain by consistently pushing the envelope on what is acceptable in a television series — even for cable. The show is yet another successful example of what has recently become a trend in television: breaking the rules.

Below we highlight some of this year’s most memorable moments from Season 6. While there have been many to choose from thus far, here are five that can’t be argued with.

**Spoiler Alert: Do not read on if you are not caught up with Season 6!

Jon Snow Returns from the Dead

As Season 5 ended on a cliffhanger—Jon Snow was stabbed by his fellow brethren from The Wall—fans speculated whether or not Snow could actually return from such a tragic event. The symbolism of Snow being left to bleed on the cold ice beneath him had some wondering whether or not he could actually become a White Walker or some sort of zombie amongst the dead army. Others suggested that the actor, Kit Harington, was tired of the show and would move on to bigger and better things. (Is there anything bigger than GoT right now?) As it turns out, Davos Seaworth saw something special in Snow and asked Melisandre if she could bring him back from the dead. While at first it seemed unlikely, fans finally got what they wanted — Jon Snow came back to life. It turns out Snow was looking to do bigger and better things — just not at The Wall.

Daenerys Returns to the Flame

Daenerys Targaryen reclaimed her rightful place at the heart of the series after escaping from the oppressive Khal Moro and his bloodriders by setting them all on fire. As she once again stood naked at the center of a burning inferno, Daenarys watched with no remorse as her Khal captives burned alive. After they perished, she stepped away from the inferno and stood before the gathered Dothraki, who immediately bowed to their knees in praise of their new queen. This certainly put her back on the map of potential leaders to eventually take over the throne.

Hold the Door!

Everybody’s favorite oafish character, Hodor—who spent almost his entire run of the show carrying around the crippled Bran Stark—seemed to have no vocabulary other than his own name, “Hodor.” In a dramatic twist of events, it was revealed that he was not uttering his name at all. Rather, he had been rapidly rattling off a command that would ultimately save Bran’s life. “Hold-the-door.” Say that real fast, a million times in a row and you get, “Hodor!”

Return of the Hound

Just like Jon Snow, it was hard to believe that the ruthless Hound could actually die. After being left to die by the young Arya Stark, we had to assume that he would somehow find his way back to health. But after several episodes had passed by, many began to wonder if the Hound had, in fact, seen his last days. And then…leave it to Ian McShane to make a guest appearance and reintroduce the coldblooded killer. Now, don’t expect to see Ian McShane in any more episodes…

Arya Stark Has a Name

After many trials and tribulations with the Faceless Men, Arya Stark was being brainwashed to believe that she had “no name” and really no identity. What seemed a potential new haven for Arya certainly backfired after she was stabbed and left to die in the streets of Braavos. However, Arya represented the Stark name well after killing off her assassin and revealing her true self to the Faceless Men. Finally empowered by confidence, Arya tells Jaqen H’ghar of the Faceless Men: “A girl has a name, and it’s Arya Stark of Winterfell.” Impressed by Arya’s renewal of self-confidence, Jaqen allows her to leave unharmed.

5 Movies That Feature Game of Thrones Stars

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Game of Thrones fans know that Sean Bean was a Hollywood star before he portrayed Ned Stark in the first season of the HBO series but what about the rest of the cast? Lord of the Rings, Goldeneye, and Troy are all great movies but there are plenty of other films featuring Game of Thrones stars that are worth a look. Here are five of them.

1. Lena Headey in 300 (2007)

Lena Headey in 300

Many audiences got their first look at Headey in the role of Gorgo, the strong and noble Queen of Sparta. She plays opposite Gerard Butler’s King Leonidas in the highly stylized film that is full of half-naked men. Ever the skilled thespian, Headey rises to the challenge as the female lead and delivers an intense performance that showcases her loyalty and love toward her husband and city-state. In many ways, Gorgo is a foil to Headey’s role as Cersei in Game of Thrones, but the similarities of the genre still shine through.

2. Peter Dinklage in Death at a Funeral (2007 and 2010)

Peter Dinklage in Death at a Funeral

His role in this British (then later American) comedy film couldn’t be further from his hard drinking, womanizing role as Tyrion Lannister in Game of Thrones. Dinklage plays an American dwarf named Peter (yes, really) who mysteriously shows up at the funeral of a recently deceased man and declares himself the gay lover of the dead man. The family is shocked and don’t believe the little person, but Peter brought proof. Hilarity ensues in this raucous comedy about a family trying to put their patriarch to rest. It was remade in 2010 as an American film, and Dinklage reprised his role as Peter.

3. Emilia Clarke in Terminator Genisys (2015)

Emilia Clarke in Terminator Genisys

Emilia Clarke’s Daenerys Targaryen has become the poster character for the Game of Thrones franchise, and for good reason. Clarke seems to steal every scene she appears in and Hollywood has taken notice of her talents. Last summer she starred in the fifth installment in the Terminator franchise as Sarah Connor, mother of Human Resistance leader John Connor. Sarah Connor is every bit as tough as Daenerys (she was raised by a Terminator after all) but she trades her sword in for an assault rifle. Interestingly, Clarke isn’t the only GoT star to have portrayed the character Sarah Connor. Lena Headey played her in the Fox television show Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

4. Natalie Dormer in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (2014)

Natalie Dormer in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay

Margaery Tyrell is a calculating, manipulative character who plays the politics of Westeros with a skill beyond her age. Dormer takes the character to the next level, and even though she is a supporting character, her actions reverberate throughout the show. Similarly, Dormer plays an influential supporting role in the Hunger Games series as Cressida, a rogue filmmaker with a political agenda. She joins the rebellion against the evil government and uses her video skills to rally support for the cause. Her performance is attention-worthy but what really got audiences talking was Dormer’s semi-shaved haircut in the film.

5. Gwendoline Christie in Star Wars: Episode VII (2015)

Gwendoline Christie

No other 2015 film is as hotly anticipated as Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the Game of Thrones cast will be represented in the new Star Wars by Gwendoline Christie. Christie plays the chivalrous knight Brienne of Tarth on the HBO show and has gained wide acclaim for her intimidating, deadly presence. In Star Wars, Christie will play the role of Captain Phasma who is described as an “officer in the first order.” Not sure exactly what that means, but she is sure to rock it. Also, Christie is rumored to be joining Dormer in the final movie in the Hunger Games series, Mockinjay – Part 2.

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