A Game of Thrones

By Kristi S.

Are you one of the 17.4 million viewers who tuned in to the start of the final season of Game of Thrones on April 14? Are you also one of the 17.4 million viewers who will be devastated and drifting aimlessly when the final episode airs on May 19? I am with you, so we can mourn together. But, I’ve been researching what content to get into after a suitable grieving period. When you are ready to immerse yourself in another world of reading, watching, and learning turn to these ideas.

If you backed House Targaryen:


Read This: The Queen of the Tearling is a compelling and dramatic fantasy with an apocalyptic twist led by a strong, determined woman seeking her rightful throne. Daenerys fans will find much to love in Kelsea as she seeks to remake the world.
Watch This: 
If you love the political intrigue and sweeping landscape shots in Game of Thrones, you’ll love Rome, an intimate drama following the reign of Julius Caesar.
Learn From This: Those backing House Targaryen want to build a better world. Utopia for Realists will help. It’s a hopeful and thought-provoking book detailing the central tenets of a modern Utopian society.

If you backed House Stark:


Read This: Seven Forges is the perfect match for the honorable members of House Stark. It’s a suspenseful, atmospheric fantasy with a plot deeply reminiscent of Jon Snow’s time beyond the Wall.
Watch This: Gorgeous cinematography, strong storytelling, and bloody battles make The Last Kingdom a great choice for those looking to fill the Game of Thrones void.
Learn from This: House Stark faced a real challenge in getting people on their side and ready to fight the White Walker army. How to Win Friends & Influence People might’ve made the task easier.

If you backed House Lannister:


Read This: The family drama, cunning political maneuvering, and poor parenting found in House Lannister can also be found in The Queens of Innis Lear. It’s a dark and lyrical retelling of King Lear with solid world-building.
Watch This: The Tudors follows King Henry VIII through his rule and features strong casting, stunning production, and boundless intrigue. A perfect replacement for the drama of House Lannister.
Learn from This: “A Lannister always pays his debts.” They also seem to wrack up the debts. Enter The Spender’s guide to Debt-Free Living, to help stay true to their words.

I’ve got even more suggestions for other houses below. What kinds of books and shows are a perfect match for your favorite Noble House? What will you be reading/watching/consuming to help fill the void left by Game of Thrones? Share in the comments!

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6 responses to “A Game of Thrones”

  1. Rickey B says:

    Great recommendations! I will definitely have to check out the “Tearling” and “Seven Forges” selections to fill the void–or at least until “Winds of Winter” comes out sometime in the next ten years…

  2. Erin L. says:

    Ironically, I have not watched one episode of GOT but have enjoyed many of the side suggestions already (Merlin, The Last Kingdom, The Tudors etc.). Maybe I should go backwards and catch up on GOT? I didn’t think it would be my cup of tea but…

    • Kristi S. says:

      Hi Erin, I imagine you would like GoT if you enjoyed others on the list! It is probably most similar in content to The Last Kingdom. It is important to note, though, that since Game of Thrones is on HBO it is less regulated in content (i.e. more graphic violence, sex, and profanity). As long as you are fine with that going in, I think you’d enjoy the storyline, production, and acting. This article sums up well what I love in this show. I hope you enjoy!

  3. Isaac H says:

    I’m a bit late to the party but amazing list Kristi! I’m reading The Wolf now and really enjoying it. Another series I love to recommend (also written by Joe Abercrombie, the author of Half a King) is the First Law series. It’s similar to GOT, with most of the characters are seriously morally flawed, especially the ones who you are initially introduced as ‘honorable’. There’s also ‘The Witcher’ series, written by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski. It’s primarily known in the states for it’s RPG video games, but the novels are amazing. The same depth and complexity that people enjoy from GOT.

    • Kristi S. says:

      Thanks, Isaac! You always remind me of things I need to read. I read The Blade Itself a while ago, and for some reason did not finish the rest of the First Law series! This must be remedied. The Witcher series also sounds intriguing. I’m not a gamer, but the novels do sound good. AND it looks like Netflix is adapting the books into a television series with Henry Cavill. I better start reading now so I am ready for the fandom.

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