To everyone that has stuck around with HBO’s tumultuous Game of Thrones — congratulations. An era has passed, and we’re all the worse for wear because of it. Season eight ended yesterday, but the outcry over how the show has closed, and whose behind now warms the Iron Throne (symbolically anyway, thanks to Drogon) will live on.
We could delve into how David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have become figures as detested as great dictators of history given how they massacred what was once everyone’s favourite period fantasy drama. The viral Change.org petition for a rewrite and reshoot of the final season is proof enough, given that it has currently more than 1.3 million signatures and counting at the time of writing. We could dish out theories that analyse, even justify why the current king of Westeros is a fitting choice, and shoot them down. But we won’t. Like scarred veterans that have stuck it out since the good old glory days of the earlier seasons, and at this point, we just want to move on from the trauma.
In this spirit, we’ve rounded up five period dramas that fall in the same vein as the heyday of Game of Thrones. Some of these shows have ended, while others are ongoing, though each offers a salve to tide you over until the cruelty that season eight has inflicted wears off. Maybe, it might just get remade with more competent writers. Either way, binge on and forget.