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What to watch now Game of Thrones is over

 

So… what do we do now?

Season 8 arrived and 432 minutes later, many were left disappointed. Daenerys deserved so much better. Well, whatever your reaction - we have good news for you. TV isn’t over.

Just like a bad breakup, you have to move on, and see what else the world has to offer. There are plenty of fish in the sea, we promise.

So here are our best tips for how to get over Game of Thrones and into something new...
 
It’s back and as addictive as ever… Love Island (ITV)

Essential summer viewing. Missing the Drama of Game of Thrones, well just you wait until Love Island gets into full swing.

Love Island returns for another season this summer and it’s got everything good trashy TV should have - drama, romance, and beautiful people.

In case you haven’t seen the show before, it involves a group of contestants, the Islanders, living in isolation in a villa in Mallorca. The aim of the game is to couple up (start dating) another member of the villa for your chance at £50,000. 

The drama unfolds as new Islanders are routinely added to the Villa, and any Islander who remains single after a ‘coupling’ is eliminated.

Make sure you tune in so you can keep up with the Office chat. Love Island will be everywhere. 

If you want more power struggles, with some romance sprinkled in… Vikings (Amazon Prime Video)

Okay, I hear you, you’re not willing to ditch the aesthetic of Game of Thrones - you like the leather and fur. Who doesn’t? Well add to that power struggles, and some scenes you may need to put the kids to bed for, and you’ve got Vikings.
 
Vikings follows the legend of Ragnar Lothbrok, played by Travis Fimmel, who starts out as young a farmer and family man but ends up as the bane of England and France. With raiding and pillaging a-plenty, the show delves into the sagas of the Norsemen as they explore lands far and wide. 

Let’s just say, you know what you’re going to get with character names such as Bjorn Ironside, Ivar the Boneless and Sigurd Snake-in-the-Eye. 

If you want a fierce cast… Killing Eve (BBC iPlayer)

A spy thriller for the modern age. Villanelle is a psychopathic but extremely skilled, and somehow glamorous, assassin who finds herself being obsessively chased by Mi5 agent Eve Polastri.  It’s a story of obsession, secrets and murder - but you’ll still find yourself laughing. Somewhat inappropriately.  

Villanelle is played by Jodie Comer (My Mad Fat Diary) and  Eve by Sandra Oh (Grey’s Anatomy).  

Season 1 went viral, and season 2 is just around the corner. Enjoy.

If you want something funny, but with a fantasy edge… What We Do in the Shadows (BBC iPlayer)

Men in Black 3 villain Jermaine Clement, alongside Taika Waititi (Director of Thor: Ragnarok), has just brought TV series What We Do in the Shadows to our screens.

What We Do in the Shadows is a comedy horror mockumentary. We follow the plight of three Vampires living in present-day New York City, as they go about their nightly evil business of turning Staten Island into a vampire colony. 

Spoiler: They struggle.

If you like Phone Shop and IT Crowd you’ll love this. 

If you like Black Mirror-esque techy futures… Years and Years (BBC iPlayer)

Years and Years follows the Manchester-based Lyons family over 15 years of unstable political, economic and technological advances. Unstable being the keyword. 

It’s a grim look at what's to come for us all. 

Starring the likes of Emma Thompson (our favourite Nanny McPhee) and Corrie’s Anne Reid, Years and Years, it’s fast-paced and pulls no punches. You’ll feel like a bomb has hit you after the first episode.


We believe in life after love (or Game of Thrones). Make sure you pick up some popcorn on your way home.