Game of Thrones is over, and the finale crushed you like falling debris in King’s Landing. You’re not sure what to do about the dragon-sized hole in your heart. There’s plenty of television out there, sure, but not all of it has the fantasy you crave, the magic you’ve grown to love or the … gratuitous incest you’ve become weirdly okay with. Fortunately, GoT was far from the first fantasy television program and its success insures it won’t be the last. Here are some other shows that’ll scratch your mythical itch, now and in years to come.
Already Out/Coming Soon
You didn’t know Terry Brooks’ popular fantasy trilogy had been adapted for television? You’re not alone. Shannara Chronicles premiered on MTV in 2016 and moved to Spike in 2017 before being cancelled altogether amid mixed reviews. Fortunately, both seasons are available on Netflix and contain enough magic, elves and demon fighting to hold you over while producers shop the series’ third season to other networks. MTV made it more of a teenage drama, which kinda sucks.
The Neil Gaiman adaptation is firing up just in time for fantasy-needy Thrones fans. All six episodes will be available on Amazon Prime on May 31. Set just before the apocalypse, it’s a tale of an angel (Michael Sheen) and a demon (David Tennant) teaming up to prevent the antichrist from taking over earth. Gaiman also serves as an executive producer, which ensures the book’s comedy should make it seamlessly into the show.
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance
The dark fantasy series based on the ‘80s Jim Henson cult classic drops on Netflix in August. It’s got the same grimy puppets-for-adults vibe you loved (or were creeped out by), plus an inspiring fantasy story of rebellion. It’s also got an star-studded voicing cast that includes Taron Egerton, Helena Bonham-Carter, Mark Hamill, Simon Pegg, Andy Samberg and Game of Thrones’ Nathalie Emmanuel.
Netflix has yet to release a premiere date for its adaptation of Andrzej Sapowski’s fantasy series, but we know it’s got former Man of Steel Henry Cavill in an awesome wig. Sapowski’s series is centered around Geralt of Rivia, a “monster slayer for hire.” If The Witcher video games are any indication, viewers are in for a whole bunch of mythical creatures, from werewolves to wyverns.
Hopefully Worth Waiting Awhile For
Lord of the Rings Spinoff
Amazon’s Lord of the Rings series takes place in the Second Age, thousands of years before the events of J.R.R. Tolkien’s book series. The streaming service released several interactive Middle Earth maps as teasers, but hopefully those can hold fans over for awhile—the untitled show is set for release sometime in 2021.
Game of Thrones Spinoffs
At the moment there are three GoT prequel projects in the works, although only one seems anywhere near airtime. It’s a prequel set far before the events of the show, potentially exploring the Long Night and the origins of the White Walkers. The prequel will follow an original storyline, drawing heavily from George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series. Filming will begin sometime in 2019, so don’t expect anything until late 2020 at the earliest.