By: Jennifer Ochieng | Fri 26 Jun 2015, 12:00
Series to help you get through Game of Throne's withdrawal.
I think it’s safe to assume that everyone is still upset about the Game of Thrones finale because, this time, they literally killed the boy. But even though hope is a miserable word in Westeros, we are hopeful that GoT's creators will find a way to bring back Lord Commander Jon Snow from the dead. The internet has been spinning theories on how this can be achieved, and we are waiting eagerly for these prophesies to come true.
That said, letting go of GoT is not easy, and some of us are still suffering from withdrawal symptoms. But there is life after GoT and that’s why we have compiled shows to help you get through this phase:
Reign doesn’t only share the fantasy tagline with GoT, its monarchy politics documents the rise to power of Mary, Queen of Scots. Mary is a Daenerys type of character who’s determined to fight for her place in the throne, despite the plot against her. And then there is Queen Catherine, a headstrong woman who will do anything for her children a la Cersei Lannister. Not forgetting the slain King Henry who was as deranged as King Joffrey and his reincarnation, Ramsay Bolton. It’s no wonder Reign has been labeled as a "girlier" version of Game of Thrones, with less risqué content of course. Catch it every Thursday at 20:00 on M-Net Edge.
2. House of Cards
Give Frank Underwood a sword, drag him to Westeros and he’d fit right in. In fact, he's the kind of guy who'd be more than happy to initiate The Red Wedding. The same applies to his wife, Claire Underwood, a woman who schemes for a living. Without intending to, House of Cards has utilized GoT’s rule of playing the game – you either win or you die. Claire and Cersei are so similar, they could exist as one woman, if only they didn’t like to rule their own worlds. Don’t miss this brutal political drama on Tuesdays at 22:00 on M-Net Edge also available on Catch Up online and on your DStv Explora.
Tyrant showcases the political intrigues of Abbudin and a dictatorial ruling family, Al-Fayeed, that fights to maintain its place amid the citizen’s growing rebellion. Ultimately, President Jamal Al-Fayeed is that powerful tyrant that reminds us of all the men in Westeros who use their mantle of power to reign terror on those who oppose them. Tyrant airs on Wednesday at 20:00 on FOX.
The Hamptons, with all its oppulence, is a little Westeros on its own. There is scheming, power play (the rich use their power to oppress and influence others), betrayal and a lot of revenge going on. Watching Victoria Grayson in action, you are instantly reminded of the Queen Mother Cersei Lannister – both queens in their own rights, both brutal in their quest to acquire and retain power. On the other hand, the duplicitous Amanda Clarke, aka Emily, exhibits Dany’s resilience and Arya’s unyielding quest for revenge. Watch a whole new Revenge S4 on Monday, 29 June at 20:30 on M-Net.