We all hung on for eight seasons, and no matter how you felt about the finale, Game of Thrones was an incredible show with a fan base far outside of the fantasy realm. But now that it’s over, it seems like there is a dearth in Sunday night viewing. But there doesn’t have to be. There are plenty of amazing shows to fill the dragon-sized hole in your viewing schedule.
If you loved it for the fantasy, try American Gods (STARZ)
Based on the critically-acclaimed book by Neil Gaiman, American Gods is about far more than who will rule a continent—it’s about who will rule the world. This story of the old gods versus the new is fascinating, with plenty of magical elements and enough depth to satisfy. The show has been picked up for a third season, so binge away on the first two. (Language, sexual situations, nudity)
If you loved the family intrigue, try Succession (HBO)
This critical darling gained plenty of viewing traction from people who found themselves engrossed in the story of a powerful and dysfunctional family. When head of both household and massive media conglomerate Logan Roy (played by Brian Cox) begins to step back from running things, the family tries to navigate—and scheme—their future. Season 2 is set to premiere in August 2019, so there’s plenty of time to binge Season 1. (Language, sexual situations, nudity)
If you loved the family relationships AND the supernatural, try Haunting of Hill House (Netflix)
Loosely based but definitely inspired by Shirley Jackson’s seminal supernatural novel The Haunting of Hill House (first published in 1959), this terrifying series will be right up your alley. It’s the story of the Crain family, who lived in Hill House until Hugh Crain took his children and fled in terror one night, leaving behind his wife, Olivia.
The five Crain children grew up with some pretty significant issues as a result, and this series is an exploration of how they deal with both past and present when events begin to take frightening and often horrifying turns. Season 1 is the perfect binge, but be warned: there are jump scares aplenty and the atmosphere is chilling, in the very best of ways. (Language, horror themes)
If you loved the wildness and also Jason Mamoa (Khal Drogo), try Frontier (Netflix)
Set in the 18th century and concerned with the fur trade, this Canadian export stars Jason Mamoa and an amazing cast. It’s gritty, realistic (which means often bloody) and the perfect mix of complexity and entertainment.
There’s no whitewashing of history here, either—the series is noted for its uncompromising look at the fraught tensions between the indigenous people of the area, the British businessmen trying to take things over and the fur traders themselves. What it sometimes lacks in depth, it makes up for in action and drama. (Language, violence, nudity, sexual situation)
This is just a small list—there is plenty more out there, on nearly every channel and streaming service. And there’s even more to come, including HBO’s adaptation of His Dark Materials, Season 2 of the Hulu and Stephen King Collaboration Castle Rock, AMC’s NOS4A2 (based on the novel by Joe Hill, who happens to be Stephen King’s son), and Amazon Prime’s Good Omens (another Neil Gaiman adaptation, based on the novel co-written with the late Terry Pratchett).