Okay fellow “Throners,” it is with great sorrow that we must acknowledge the fantastic first season of House of the Dragon, featuring all the hallmarks that made us fall in love with Game of Thrones, comes to an end on Sunday, October 22nd. The glorious first season of House of the Dragon had it ALL—political backstabbing, witty verbal sparring, unusual love stories, and of course, DRAGONS.
But you can take solace in some very good news!
When Will Season 2 of House of the Dragon Air?
House of the Dragon season two has been confirmed by HBO, but filming isn’t expected to wrap until Summer 2023, so we likely can’t expect the new season to begin airing until January 2024 (at the earliest).
That begs the question—until season two of House of the Dragon finally premieres—what other TV shows can scratch your itch for political subterfuge and fantasy world-building, with family drama such as that of Alicent Hightower (Olivia Cooke) and Rhaenyra Targaryen (Emma D’Arcy)?
While there’s no show that will have everything that we adore about House of the Dragon, there are a few worthwhile ones to check out.
Here are the Four Best Shows Like House of the Dragon to Watch After the Season One Finale Airs
Starring: Alexander Dreymon, Emily Cox, David Dawson
Where to Watch: Netflix
What to Know: Five seasons, 46 episodes. That’s a lot of bingeworthy content, so you’ll have a lot to catch up on. Last Kingdom is a British historical fiction series based on Bernard Cornwell’s The Saxon Stories series of novels. Possessing “satisfyingly high production value, a bloodthirsty appetite for violence as a proper cliffhanger,” according to Charlotte Runcie of The Daily Telegraph, we can’t help but find the commonalities between that description and our feelings about Game of Thrones. The show largely focuses on resistance of the Kingdom of Wessex (Anglo-Saxons) to ongoing Viking incursions.
Starring: Travis Fimmel, Kathryn Winnick, Clive Standen
Where to Watch: The History Channel, Amazon Prime Video
What to Know: A historical drama television series that spanned six seasons and 89 episodes, the show broadly follows the exploits of legendary Viking chief Ragnar Lotthbrok (Travis Fimmel) and his crew / family. Ragnar begins life as a farmer before rising to fame by raiding England.
Starring: Thomas Jane, Steven Straitt, Cas Anvar
Where to Watch: SyFy, Amazon Prime Video
What to Know: Hundreds of years in the future, humanity has colonized other parts of the solar system. The three largest powers are the United Nations of Earth and Luna, the Martian Congressional Republic on Mars, and the Outer Planets Alliance (OPA), a confederation of the asteroid belt, and the moons of Jupiter and Saturn. The expanse has received critical acclaim – with praise for its visuals, character development and political narrative (sound familiar?) culminating in three Saturn Award nominations for Best Science Fiction Television series. Picture Game of Thrones, but in space.
Starring: Morfydd Clark, Robert Aramayo, Benjamin Walker
Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video
What to Know: The fantasy television series is based on the novel of the same name and similar to Tolkien’s The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. This show covers all the major events of Middle-earth’s Second Age: the forging of the Rings of Power, the rise of the Dark Lord Sauron, the fall of the Island Kingdom Numenor, and the last alliance between Elves and Men. There’s currently a singular season and only seven episodes out, but if you can pace yourself with weekly watches, you’ll find yourself transported to a fantastical realm like that of Westeros. Stay for the plot, cinematography, visuals, and transcendent musical score.