Need Your GoT Fix? Check These out While Waiting for Next Season

Now that Game of Thrones season 6 has finished, you might find you have a white walker shaped hole has been left in its midst. It’s always around this time of year that I start to look for something new, something to fill the void until winter once again returns.

Luckily, there are plenty of other great mediums out there that can give you your fix until we get to see Jon Snow on our screens once again. Of course, you can always re-watch the entire 6 seasons again, picking up on parts you missed the first time, but why not enjoy something else? Something new.

The epic fantasy genre is vast and shows that are somewhat similar to Game Of Thrones don’t just have to involve Dragons and incest. If you’re a book reader, a show watcher or even just a lover of fantasy all together you might want to check out some of the below. You could even find that the long wait for season 7 is more bearable than you thought it could be.

So join us as we rejoice in other mediums and look at 5 things to check out while waiting for the next season of Game of Thrones.

Vikings

Short of Dragons and White Walkers, Vikings is every bit a Game of Thrones style show as you can get. Exploring the struggles of power, religion, deception and strong female lead characters all in a dark medieval setting.

Following a fictionalized story of a farmer named Ragnar Lothbrok, Vikings is a journey of bloody intrigue, sex, violence and all that comes with the age of warriors. With 4 seasons of captivating story to follow Vikings is much more than a lesser Game of Thrones copy.

Where Viking triumphs are in its characters and their arch. Deception is always lurking around the corner and surprises are plenty. If you thought the red wedding was a shocker, then prepare for events that match the shock factor.

If you love the Game of Thrones for the bloodshed and epic battles, then you should definitely give Vikings a watch. History lovers and action seekers will find comfort in this series.

The Blade Itself

The Blade Itself is one for all you Game of Thrones book readers out there. Anyone who has read all the books and maybe wants to try a new fantasy series or even if you haven’t read any of the books, maybe you want to try this series. I know that the Game of Thrones books can be a little daunting, so consider this a gateway, a smaller sized offering if you were.

The Blade Itself is part of a series of three novels by Joe Abercrombie, so there’s no need to worry about reading an unfinished series. Like Game of Thrones, The Blade Itself has great morally ambiguous character in a medieval setting. It’s still a fantasy a heart, with magic and warring factions, but is still very character driven.

The thing I liked most about The Blade Itself is how author Abercrombie pulls no punches in his description of bloody battles. The humor in the book is also at times laugh out loud and there is certainly enough of the unexplained to keep you guessing and wanting more. I would recommend this book to diehard fantasy readers and those reading fantasy for the first time alike as it is simply a damn fine read.

The Blade Itself is a really great way to try something a little different whilst you’re waiting for any Game of Thrones news, or even the next book in the series to come out.

Artesia

Artesia is a comic book series that is sure to resonate with any fans of the Game Of Thrones series. Now you might be asking why not just read the Game of Thrones comic book series out there? Well, I feel like George RR Martin is very descriptive in his writing and the with a comic book, there’s no way to portray that like in the novel. Don’t get me wrong, the comics are great, but they’re just not quite up to the book level.

With Artesia what you get is a strong and grounded female lead character. It’s a series set in a world with complex history and lore that always leaves you wanting to know more. Filled with betrayal, war, politics, intrigue, and sex, its one of the best series I’ve read. Not to mention the art is fantastic.

Now, Artesia is a comic for the more mature reader, and kids should avoid this one, but if you do manage to pick this one up I’m sure it’s one you’ll fall in love with almost instantly. This is one of the best comic series I’ve read. The amazing artwork, great storytelling, and a superbly detailed world combine to create an original and interesting epic story.

A Knight of The Seven Kingdoms

For anyone who feels like they just can’t abandon George RR Martin’s world so easily, you’ll be pleased to know that he has another book series outset in the world of Game of Thrones.

A Knight of The Seven Kingdoms is set around 100 years before the events in the TV show you know so well. The story follows the tales and adventures of Ser Duncan The Tall and Egg, whose mystery is unraveled as the story progresses.

If you’re a fan of the world George RR Martin has created then you’ll find comfort in revisiting it from a different angle. Meeting the ancestors of your favorite characters and see how the world led up to the events of Robert’s Rebellion.

In true George RR Martin style, it’s beautiful descriptions and excellent characters are sure to make you feel back home in Westeros. If there’s anything on this list that is guaranteed to ease the time till season 7, it’s these novellas.

The Tudors

The Tudors is a TV show that follows the story of Henry VIII’s reign over England. His political control over the region and his somewhat madness are explored in a fantastic way that makes you both love and hates him.

Much like Game Of Thrones, The Tudors is a show about politics and the struggle for power. Although its accuracy has been somewhat discredited, it’s still told an interesting story of what medieval life was like for those who ran England.

You might some common ground here as Natalie Dormer who played Queen Margaery in Game Of Thrones also plays a similar part in The Tudors. Willing to do whatever it takes to become queen puts her in a sticky situation. Sound familiar?

The Tudors offers everything Game Of Thrones does as a TV show. Just don’t be expecting white walkers or Dragons to show up anytime soon.

Constantly threatening to write a book, but always with a story to tell. Tom has a typical northern English soul. He may sound as mundane as Jon Snow, but at least he tries to articulate. Lover of video games, comics, geek pop culture and wishing he could play Dungeons & Dragons.
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