You might be lamenting the almost year-long wait for new Game of Thrones but if you look hard enough there’s plenty of great TV shows, video games and more to fill that dragon-sized hole in your life. Luckily, we’ve done the hard work for you so sit back, relax and get ready to be addicted to these Game of Thrones replacements.
To sate your thirst for… SEXY, SWEEPING EPICS
Made by the least credible sounding network in the US, Starz, Outlander is available on Amazon Prime and has a lot in common with Thrones – big-ass fights, incredibly photogenic leads prone to disrobing, and a wee bit of magic. It follows a World War II nurse who is transported to 18th-century Scotland and her husband’s great-great-whatever grandfather. While it’s just as free with the ol’ nudity as Thrones, it’s a bit more egalitarian with it, which is to be welcomed with open, er, let’s say arms. It’s even got a Westeros connection, as co-star Tobias Menzies played Edmure Tully (but didn’t get his chap out in that).
To sate your thirst for…BIG BEARDED WILDLINGS
The Last King (Birkebeinerne)
People talk about the dragons and the betrayals and the fights and stuff, but the best thing about Game Of Thrones is clearly Tormund Giantsbane, the massive ginger-bearded Wildling who looks like he’s in Mastodon. Norwegian actor Kristofer Hivju has some pretty high-profile projects on his plate, with recently-announced roles in Fast 8 and Justice League, but his most Giantsbane-esque work can be seen in the just-released The Last King. Best described as “Vikings on skis”, it tells the kinda-true story of two warriors in 1206 crossing Norway with the king’s illegitimate infant son, and having loads of sword fights while continually skiing downhill. Amazing.
To sate your thirst for… AXE-HEAVY SWASHBUCKLING
Swords are so much more badass than guns it’s unbelievable. Can you imagine Game Of Thrones with guns? It would suck, it’d just be talking interspersed with occasional two-second fight scenes. There are plenty of awesome sword fights to be found in Vikings, a History Channel production available on Amazon Video, which is a bit cheesier and goofier than Thrones, but action-packed and a lot of fun. It very loosely tells the story of real-life ninth-century ruler Ragnar Lothbrok (played by Travis Fimmel from the Warcraft movie), who spent a lot of time biffing people in the mush while looking cool as hell. Great times.
To sate your thirst for…KIT HARINGTON’S GENERAL MANTASTICNESS
Call Of Duty: Infinite Warfare
It’s hard to cope without Jon Snow. He’s the closest thing there is to a main character, and he’s just so earnest. Sure, there’s the newsreader of the same name, the pub of the same name and the legendary cholera-fighting scientist of the same name, but none of them have his doleful eyes or shaggy mane, or did it with a Wildling lady in a cave. Someone that might have all those things, though, is Settlement Defence Front Admiral Salen Kotch, the villain from the new COD game, as motion-captured by Fit Handsomeman himself. It’ll be odd having him as a baddie (a futuristic one at that), but it might be like that episode of Buffy with Evil Willow, which as everyone remembers, was incredible.
To sate your thirst for…UNFEASIBLY VAST STORIES
One of the best-looking comics you’ll ever see, this ongoing series from Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples is like a grown-up Star Wars, a galaxy-sized adventure with horned warriors, sexually deviant robots, topless spider-women, ghosts with their guts hanging out and pretty much anything you could think of. Six collected editions have been published so far. It’s exciting, funny, sexy, unapologetically romantic, absolutely unfilmable and completely massive, the sheer scale of it making George R R Martin’s series look like What I Did On My Holidays.