With the season 5 finale of Game of Thrones leaving fans feeling stunned, personally hurt, and like they can’t trust anyone anymore, there are both pledges to give up the series entirely and also deep devotions towards hoping resurrection is possible in Westeros. Whether you’re looking for a replacement or something to hold you over until season 6, these shows on Netflix will satisfy your cravings.
Marco Polo (2014)
This show is much more than a pool game: explorer Marco Polo finds himself with Mongolian Emperor Kublai Khan and is forced to navigate his way through the corruption and rivalry in a fight of morals versus loyalty. Based on the true Marco Polo’s experiences in the 1200s, Marco Polo also provides a history lesson, and the story will continue when season 2 is released later this year.
The CW’s Reign takes the historical inspiration of Mary, Queen of Scots and creates a 16th century version of Gossip Girl with lots of drama revolving around relationships and sex as Mary awaits her marriage to Prince Francis. Though only the first season is current on Netflix, it consists of 22 episodes, so your binge won’t be short lived.
Netflix’s own Borgia follows the family led by Rodrigo Lanzol Borgia as he becomes Pope Alexander VI in the 1490s in Italy. The war and murder surrounding the Borgias (not to be confused with Showtime’s Borgias, which is also on Netflix, if you want to compare the two) is considered to be reasonably historically accurate, which makes the constant scandal much more intriguing.
The Tudors (2007)
King Henry VIII of England was notorious for his many wives, and The Tudors uses the stories of the king and his affairs to hook you with intrigue. Creator Michael Hirst describes the show as a “soap opera,” and that’s what we love about it, even if historians say it lacks accuracy. If you were a fan of 2008’s The Other Boleyn Girl, then definitely give The Tudors a shot. The cast is also quite large and rivals GoT well.