What Can Fill the Void Now that Game of Thrones is Finished?

How can fans immerse themselves in the fantasy setting of Game of Thrones and its ilk if they still feel the need to in Westeros?

Fans the world over may be split as to their liking of the final couple of seasons of Game of Thrones, with the eighth season even garnering over one million signatures on a petition for it to be remade – which was then addressed by HBO president Casey Bloys. But all are in agreement that it was once one of the greatest shows on television. Despite how the show approached and crossed the finish line without the still-unwritten source material from George R. R. Martin, there is now a gaping hole left by the show’s conclusion.

So, how can fans immerse themselves in the fantasy setting of Game of Thrones and its ilk if they still feel the need to in Westeros? Luckily, there are a plethora of ways to become one with GoT and its themes once again, through spin-off shows, shows similar to GoT, games, and travel.

Upcoming Game of Thrones spin-off shows

Many Game of Thrones spin-off shows were said to be on the slate prior to the release and reaction to season eight, but rumours of these multiple shows have since been quelled. One which is going ahead, however, is the prequel series starring Naomi Watts. Little is known about the premise of the prequel series, but shooting has been completed in Italian town Gaeta as well as in Northern Ireland for the pilot.

An image Tweeted by a Naomi Watts fan claimed to show the shooting of the Game of Thrones prequel.

The author of the novel series from which the series is based on, George R. R. Martin, has revealed some details about the new show. Martin stated that the prequel series is set thousands of years before the story of Game of Thrones at a time when Westeros is split into one-hundred petty kingdoms rather than the seven present in the Game of Thrones series. While the Starks are present, the Lannisters are not, and neither are the dragons. There will, however, be mammoths, dire wolves, and the once-dreaded white walkers.

Current shows like Game of Thrones

The trailer for the first season of The Last Kingdom.

While Game of Thrones was groundbreaking for its combination of a fantasy setting with real-world, adult storylines that subverted the tropes established by legendary fantasy writers like J. R. R. Tolkien, there are plenty of similar series which play with a similar combination. Based on The Saxon Stories novels by Bernard Cornwell, The Last Kingdom is three seasons long so far and has been met with critical and viewer appraisal.

Starring Alexander Dreymon, Tobias Santelmann, Emily Cox, and Adrian Bower, The Last Kingdom follows the story of Uhtred of Bebbanburg after Danish invaders conquer six of England’s seven kingdoms. Originally created for BBC Two and BBC America, the third and upcoming fourth seasons of The Last Kingdom have been taken over by Netflix, who upped the production value as the story approached more epic scenes of conflict. The fourth season is said by cast member Arnas Fedaravicius to boast even more detailed battles and a new level of storytelling.

Due to its medieval setting, its focus on characters, the politics in play, and the bloody battles, many Game of Thrones fans have taken to The Last Kingdom. Another option would be the long-running series created for the History Channel, Vikings, which has a greatly-anticipated sixth season on the way.

Games of and like Game of Thrones

A video showing interviews with the television show’s cast who explain how the Telltale Games series works.

Nor the television series or the original novels have had a particularly good run in the realms of gaming. While there have been a few freemium model mobile games, the video game ventures have mostly been a flop. Probably the standout among the video game class, despite being somewhat hit-and-miss with the critics, was Telltale Games’ Game of Thrones: A Telltale Series.

Following an original story that’s woven into the story of the HBO show, the episodic graphic adventure game gives fans a new perspective while expanding the lore depicted in the television series. The first series ran for six episodes and proved successful, but the second series of games were cancelled due to the majority closure of the studio.

Outside of licensed Game of Thrones, there are many other ways in which you can enjoy a similar setting as the hit show across all platforms. For online browser game players, there’s a diverse selection of online slots in themes akin to that of Game of Thrones, with Dragons of the North being among the highest rated of the bunch. With medium volatility, 50 paylines, and 95.98 percent RTP, not to mention the tyrant dragons amidst the reels, fans of the fantasy genre have flocked to Dragons of the North.

In video gaming, there are plenty of fantasy games similar to Game of Thrones to go around, with the pinnacle being The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. With a vast open-world, hundreds of storylines and quests to complete, and a sky filled with dragons, Skyrim has been one of the biggest games of this and the last generation of console games. One reason why many people are still playing the game is the vast library of community mods for the game, many of which bring Westeros to Skyrim. You can get GoT followers like Arya, Tormund, and Ygritte, as well as a customised quest line entitled ‘The War for the Iron Throne.’


Travelling to the Game of Thrones locations

One of the reasons why Game of Thrones is so epic is because of its diverse use of sets and locations. From the frozen mountains of the true north to the grand castles of the south coast, Westeros stretches the length of South America and boasts many biomes. So, to film the series, they had to go all over the world, with many of the iconic locations becoming hot tourist attractions since the show started.

A favourite nation to visit in the wake of Game of Thrones is Iceland. Boasting many of the most iconic scenes shot beyond the wall, there are many tours set up to see the beautiful natural sights around Iceland, including Kirkjufell, where the Night King was created. There are also the caves of Grjotagia and the lava sculptures of Dimmuborgir, which both feature in season three for the setting of Jon Snow and Ygritte’s famous cave pools scene and Mance Rayder’s massive wildling camp.

Also on the bucket list for many Game of Thrones fans is Dubrovnik, in Croatia. Much of the eight seasons took place in Dubrovnik as it is the setting of King’s Landing. Fort Lovrijenac is the real-life castle of the Red Keep, with the island of Lokrum (the city of Qarth) being a short ferry ride away.

Game of Thrones may be done and dusted, but there are many ways now and shortly in the future in which you can still immerse yourself in its characters, story, setting, and themes.

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: ian@scifipulse.net
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