HP Productions takes its time crafting its epic fantasy series, Game of Thrones. This leads to long breaks between seasons when fans are hungry for something more. If you need a fix of medieval intrigue, mysterious ladies, and fun special effects, there are lots of great TV shows to fill the void. Between broadcast TV and streaming services, fantasy fans have lots to choose from.
Based on the novel by acclaimed author Neil Gaiman, this promises to be one of the best new fantasy shows in 2017. The story follows Shadow and Wednesday (who is actually the Norse god Odin) travelling across American to gather up the old gods. Wednesday wants to face the new American gods like Technology and Media and battle them for dominance. The all-star cast includes Gillian Anderson, Ian McShane, and Kristin Chenoweth, among others.
Starring Finn Jones – better known to Game of Thrones fans as Loras Tyrell – this series follows the story of an orphaned billionaire trained in a special kind of martial arts. Using his skills he can harness superpowers to help him fight. The character will also join other Marvel Netflix heroes Daredevil, Luke Cage, and Jessica Jones to be comes The Defenders, coming late this year. If you’ve enjoyed to modern fantasy of Netflix and Marvel’s collaboration this will be a welcome addition.
Queen of Shadows
Adapted from the popular fantasy series Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, Queen of Shadows will be a treat for fantasy fans. It is the story of female assassin Celaena Sardothien, who finds herself caught up in a plot to save her world, and is being adapted as an original series for Hulu. Though still being fully developed the popularity of the books is promising for an excellent pilot.
Time after Time
Coming to ABC, this series was also adapted from a book, the 1979 novel of the same name. A historical fiction mash-up, the series will follow historic figure Jack the Ripper, who has stolen a time machine and escaped to the modern age. He is hunted by author H. G. Wells, hoping to stop the criminal and murderer from ruining the future. Though few plot details are available to looks to be a fin fantasy show for 2017.
If you can’t wait for new shows coming up, try diving into one with a season or two to catch up on. Lucifer is an exciting Fox show that follows the Prince of Lies as he helps solve crimes in modern Los Angeles. The intrigue between angels and demons is sexy and fun, even if they can’t have the nudity that HBO can. With a season and a half completed its enough to binge without getting overwhelmed.
This SyFy production tells the stories of a group of students who learn they have secret magic powers. Training at a mysterious academy, the students master their abilities and navigate the dangers of their new lives. Currently, in its second season it is a good fix for those who like magic mixed with mystery.
If it’s royal scandals and affairs that you like the most in Game of Thrones, this show will keep you entertained. Based on the life of Mary, Queen of Scots, it has plenty of romance and royal politics. Running on CBS for four seasons now, it also has lots of episodes to tide you over.
A new take on an old classic, this show now airing on NBC has the amazing costumes Game of Thrones fans love. Adapted from The Wizard of Oz, this new version features a Dorothy that is a grown up, and a cop to boot. The dark reimagining of this well-known fantasy world has been generating some good buzz so far.
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