If you’re anything like us, watching this most recent season of Game of Thrones was a bittersweet moment. While the penultimate season moved the story ahead at a rapid pace and set things up for a wild ride of a conclusion, seven episodes blew by just like that and now we’re left with well over a yearlong wait until the eighth and final season, which may not arrive until 2019. Yes, that’s right; 2018 could come and go without a single new Game of Thrones episode and that’s just something we’re not sure if we can handle right now.
Fortunately, we also happen to be in the era of peak TV, meaning that Game of Thrones is far from being the only show worth investing time in. But maybe you just enjoy watching just Game of Thrones and nothing else will do. Well, while you may enjoy all the shows we’ve included on this list, these are the ones we’d most recommend checking out while you settle in for a long winter (and spring and summer and fall and possibly even another winter) of waiting to see how Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen are going to deal with that pesky Night King.
There isn’t really anything else like Game of Thrones on TV (which is part of the reason why the wait between seasons is so hard to endure) but Vikings arguably comes the closest, even if it is a historical drama. Based on the saga of legendary Viking Ragnar Lothbrok, Vikings may be quite a bit tamer than Game of Thrones when it comes to violence and nudity, but it’s still an enjoyable watch, especially if sword-and-shield battle sequences are your thing.
In its early seasons, Vikings was written off by some as “Game of Thrones-lite” and there was some truth to these dismissals, as the show lacked the scope and ambition of HBO’s drama and wasn’t as well-written. Fortunately, Vikings has only gotten better with time and it helps that it features some great performances, particularly from leads Travis Fimmel and Katheryn Winnick. Overall, Vikings may fall short of Game of Thrones on multiple levels, but considering there aren’t a whole lot of other options like it on TV, you could do a lot worse.