Game of Thrones is Over – Here Is Your Next Obsession
The petition to redo the final season of Game of Thrones is still going strong with 1.6 million signatures and growing. This unprecedented backlash against the ending of the beloved TV show is truly something to behold. However, there is a pretty small chance of this movement actually going anywhere.
The fact is that Game of Thrones is over. The final episode drew the curtain on 8 seasons of battles, intrigue, and more battles. So…
Let’s Start With The Last Kingdom
If you enjoyed Game of Thrones, then you are in for a treat. The Last Kingdom from BBC America, is your next obsession.
While it varies from Game of Thrones in many ways, The Last Kingdom is an epic medieval adventure/drama that is sweeping in its plot, dynamic in its characters, and generous with its battles.
So if you are looking for a way to overcome the no-more-GoT-blues, it is time to head over to Netflix and check out The Last Kingdom. Thankfully, its 3 season run is up there on Netflix so there’s no waiting – only binging!
Now, I know what some of you may be saying – come on, it can’t possibly be a replacement for Game of Thrones, can it? That is a very good question and one that is a good one to ponder before you commit. However, it is worth noting, as they did over at ladbible.com, that Game of Thrones has a rating of 89% on Rotten Tomatoes, while The Last Kingdom has 91%.
The audience has spoken!
Set in the 9th century during the struggle between the Danes and the Saxons on the isle of Britain, this TV series is based on Bernard Cornwell’s Saxon Stories novels.
Uhtred, born a Saxon, is kidnapped as a boy by the very people who killed his father – the Danes. In captivity, he is raised as a Dane. When Ragnar the Elder, a Danish warlord (sound like a delicious pastry, doesn’t it?) and Uhtred’s adoptive father is murdered, Uhtred is blamed for Ragnar’s death. Obviously, Uhtred isn’t feeling terribly welcome after this and he ends up fleeing.
Where does he go? Well, first you have to know that Britain in the 9th century was divided into 7 kingdoms. 6 of which were ruled by the Danes and 1 of which, called Wessex, was ruled by the Saxons. This is where the show gets its name. Wessex truly is the Last Kingdom of the Saxons.
So as fate would have it, it is to this last kingdom of Wessex that Uhtred flees.
What’s awesome is that this last kingdom’s kind has a name that you might recognize…
Similarities From Game of Thrones
The kind of the Last Kingdom is none other than Alfred. Weren’t expecting that, were you?
The Last Kingdom is similar to Game of Thrones in many ways. You’ve got your epic battles, your political intrigue, your family feuds. Both shows have that medieval feel that we love to watch on TV and imagine that we’d love to live in (but let’s be honest, watching it is a way better option considering the fact that we have running water and they didn’t).
The Last Kingdom and Game of Thrones both share the fact that they both have good character development. In all honesty, that was a big part of what drew so many people to GoT in the first place. You felt like you knew the characters. They felt like friends (or enemies). The Last Kingdom does a great job at this as well – drawing you into the lives of the characters, making you care about them, and making you want to know what happens to them next.
Both TV shows are book-based which is awesome because not only do you get to enjoy them on the screen, you can also listen to them as audio-books or read them in print.
Differences From Game of Thrones
Since it has an entirely different set of writers, producers, and actors, it is little wonder that The Last Kingdom differs in many ways from Game of Thrones.
Noteable, The Last Kingdom’s story does not include incestuous relationships. This is obviously a big plus. Overall, the story of Uhtred is more grounded and down to earth. There are (sadly) no dragons or evil zombies and there is not much in the way of mysterious magic.
Another huge difference is that The Last Kingdom just got greenlit for a 4th season. While Game of Thrones went out on an arguably sour note with the last several episodes of Season 8, The Last Kingdom still has time to decide what kind of ending it will have.
Let’s just hope that the writers of The Last Kingdom are paying attention to what happened with GoT Season 8.
If Last Kingdom won’t do it for you, Comic Years has a great list of shows to watch now that Game of the Thrones is over.https://www.myfantasysportstalk.com/game-of-thrones-is-over-here-is-your-next-obsession/https://i1.wp.com/www.myfantasysportstalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/DSCF2309_v2-1181248-5e4e0b9.jpg?fit=620%2C413&ssl=1https://i1.wp.com/www.myfantasysportstalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/DSCF2309_v2-1181248-5e4e0b9.jpg?resize=150%2C150&ssl=1EntertainmentRecent PostsTV Showsgame of thrones,The Last Kingdom,tv showsThe petition to redo the final season of Game of Thrones is still going strong with 1.6 million signatures and growing. This unprecedented backlash against the ending of the beloved TV show is truly something to behold. However, there is a pretty small chance of this movement actually going...Guest Post firstname.lastname@example.orgContributorMyFantasySportsTalk