That shaking in your hands? The cold sweat running down your back? The nightmares of green explosions? It can only mean one thing: Game of Thrones withdrawal. Season 6 has come to an end, which means you have ten more months before you find out what’s going to happen next. And with everything that went down–and up in flames–in the season finale, getting through said ten months will be difficult.
Here are five great fantasy TV shows that you can binge watch to help you ease the pain.
Legend of the Seeker
Legend of the Seeker is based on Terry Goodkind’s Sword of Truth novels. Richard Cypher has a destiny to wield the Sword of Truth and save the world from the evil sorcerer Darken Rahl. To help him in his quest are Kahlan Amnell, a beautiful confessor who can sap free will from anyone she touches; and Zeddicus Zu’l Zorrander, a sage Wizard of the First order. The action and adventure are pretty epic. The love story is great and the costumes! Oh the costumes! The upside to the TV version is that it captures the adventure of the books without getting bogged down. Let’s be real. The books are great, but they’re very long and Richard and Kahlan burst into tears every third chapter. If something feels familiar about this show, that’s because it was produced by Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess‘s Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert.
You can watch the entire series now on Hulu.
The Shannara Chronicles
The Shannara Chronicles are based on Terry Brooks’ popular fantasy novel series, but the TV show has a different feel than what you might expect. It may not be as strong in production values or acting as Game of Thrones, but it’ll fill the void for action and adventure. The Four Lands are protected by a great tree called the Ellcrys. According to legend, the tree is a seal that keeps demons trapped in a realm known as The Forbidding. But now, the Ellcrys is dying, and demons are starting to return with each falling leaf. It’s up to Amberle, Wil, and Eretria to save it.
Avatar The Last Airbender
“A kids’ cartoon?” you ask. “Yeah, a kids’ cartoon!” cries the rest of the world. Each of the four nations of the world are attuned with an element: fire, water, earth, and air. Benders have the ability to control their designated element, but only the Avatar can manipulate all four, and he vanished a long time ago. Katara and Sokka of the Water Tribe discover that the Avatar is a 12 year-old named Aang who’s been in a slumber for 100 years. Together, they help Aang to conquer the four elements and save the world from the Fire Nation’s aggressive takeover. Avatar is renown for its quality acting, believable relationships, lovable characters, and humor. It’s an emotional roller coaster that anyone can enjoy at any age.
You can watch the first season at Nick.com or Netflix DVDs.
The Quest is a show unlike any other. It’s a reality TV show that aired on ABC last year. The contestants are real, but everything else is pure fantasy. Twelve “paladins” (the contestants) are taken from Earth and transported into Everealm. There, the Fates task them to save this other world from the evil Verlox. Each paladin holds a piece of the Sun Spear, and as they’re eliminated, they surrender their piece. The winner must then assemble all twelve pieces of the spear and set out to battle Verlox. Yes, it’s a reality competition show, but it also has a plot. Each challenge advances the story, and before you know it, you’ll be rooting for your favorite paladin.
You can watch it now on Amazon Prime Video.
After all the drama and pain of Game of Thrones, perhaps what you need a fantasy that doesn’t take everything so darn seriously. If that’s the case, then Galavant is just what the doctor ordered. It’s not just a comedy about knights and magic and quests, it’s a musical comedy about knights and magic and quests. It’s kind of like watching a live-action Disney fairytale that’s fully aware of just how ridiculous it is. Even the music is written by Alan Menken (The Little Mermaid, Beauty & The Beast, Aladdin). The show is charming, lighthearted fun, and very easy to binge watch with a cup of hot cocoa.
Image credits: ABC, Nickelodeon, MTV