These shows are fighting to be the next “Game of Thrones”


Everyone wants to be king.

“Game of Thrones” may have ended two years ago with a less than crowd-pleasing conclusion, but its legacy as the greatest TV show lives on, and several shows are scrambling to take that stance.

Various networks and streamers are broadcasting great epic fantasies in hopes of capturing some of that cutting edge “Thrones” buzz – the latest of which is “The Wheel of Time”.

And that doesn’t even mention shows that are yet to come in the future, like Amazon’s big-budget show “Lord of the Rings” in the fall of 2022, Netflix’s “Chronicles of Narnia” adaptation ( no premiere date yet), or the prequel to HBO’s “Game of Thrones” “House of the Dragon,” which will pass Daenerys’ iconic silver wig on to actors such as Matt Smith.

Here are the current shows that are trying to take the throne of television.

“The wheel of time”

This show is perhaps in the best position to pick up the torch, as the story itself has many similarities to “Thrones,” as an epic fantasy based on a sprawling book series that began in the ’90s. He even has a set that looks like “Winterfell”, corpses positioned in a spiral on the ground just like the pilot of “Thrones” and Roose Bolton (Michael McElhatton). It’s too early to say if it will generate the same level of buzz, but so far it’s a bit too generic for its own good. He’s already been renewed for a season 2, so maybe he’ll become himself.

Where to watch it: Amazon

Rosamund Pike as Moiraine in “The Wheel of Time”.
Jan Thijs

“Its dark materials”

This is also based on a popular book series, but it’s aimed at kids and teens, and instead of an almost medieval setting, it’s almost Edwardian Britain with wobbly tech like zeppelins. Over 5 million people logged on when it aired on BBC in 2019, but it lost 1 million for season 2 and didn’t crack 1 million in America. So there is no longer a niche audience.

Where to watch it: HBO

Dafne Keen crouches down next to a white ferret.
Dafne Keen as Lyra in “His Dark Materials”.

“The Witcher”

Based on a series of books and video games, the Henry Cavill vehicle showcases all the attributes of ‘GoT’, violence, sex, a pseudo-medieval setting and a large audience, with 76 million viewers in the first month. , according to Netflix’s opaque statistics. The problem? “GoT” wasn’t just a popular show, it also had the attributes of prestige, with stellar acting and (most importantly) decent writing. With its absurd writing and often inexpensive sets, “The Witcher” lacks this element.

Where to watch it: Netflix

Henry Cavill holds a sword in "The witcher."
Henry Cavill as Geralt in “The Witcher”
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“Shadow and bone”

Based on a series of popular novels, this show takes a setting of Tsarist Russia and adds some ‘X Men’ type magic, all anchored by good old-fashioned heists, a landscape-chewing villain played by Ben Barnes (“Westworld”) and a “Harry Potter” -type “Chosen One” story. According to Netflix, 55 million households have connected. The show was widely watched but didn’t generate much buzz around the water fountains. Perhaps he will find it in its second season.

Where to watch it: Netflix

Jessie Mei Li as Alina and Ben Barnes as Darkling stand side by side on the deck of a ship at "Shadow and bone."
Jessie Mei Li as Alina and Ben Barnes as Darkling in “Shadow and Bone”.
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“Carnival row”

This neo-noir show featuring fairies and mythical creatures in conflict with human society should have been fun, and there was an eclectic cast that included Orlando Bloom, Cara Delevingne, and Jared Harris, but it was mostly a chore. For some reason, this is a season 2 – so better luck next time.

Where to watch it: Amazon

Orlando Bloom wearing a bowler hat "Carnival line."
Orlando Bloom as detective demi-fae Rycroft Philostrate in “Carnival Row”.
Photo: Jan Thijs

“Les Nevers”

This show had the potential to be big, hailing from genre giant Joss Whedon and combining an ‘X Men’ type world with the attributes of Victorian England. Unfortunately for the rest of the cast and crew, “The Nevers” premiered at the worst possible time, just as Whedon fell from grace under a cloud of allegations. Even though the show tried to distance itself from him, it was too late for audiences to remove the association, and the show never cracked 2 million viewers – nor did it receive very positive reviews. .

Where to watch it: HBO

Laura Donnelly and Ann Skelly in "The Nevers."
Laura Donnelly and Ann Skelly in “The Nevers”.

The MCU

Shows like “WandaVision,” “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” and “Loki” have all captured a big buzz and even a few prestige accolades, but the nature of the MCU means they’re too fragmented.

Where to watch it: Disney +

Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda stands in a street of "WandaVision."
Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda in “WandaVision”.


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