After what felt like eternity, the search for the true king of Westeros started anew last night with the season three premiere of Game of Thrones. While I am certainly no GOT fanatic – having never read a single page of the books – I felt like the show’s biggest fan last night as soon as the opening sequence began. A nervous chill ran up my spine as the camera faded into the first character, and I realized at that moment that this show is really one of the best on television.
For those of you who have not yet hopped on the band wagon, let me be the first to report that you do not need to be a fan of dragons or magic to enjoy this show. If you appreciate incredible production value and love complicated characters and plots, I guarantee it is worth your while to start binge watching Game of Thrones. If this endorsement is not enough for you though, here is a list of shows that I believe are comparable in excitement. And if you liked any of these, I promise that you will be hooked on GOT in no time.
J.J. Abrams’ stellar series about plane crash survivors living on a remote island in the south pacific paved the way for shows with complicated plots.You never knew what was going to happen to any of the characters and you might still be scratching your head about the ending. Did you love the fact that it felt like there were 10 plots going on at once? Well as it stands on Game of Thrones, there are 5 major plot sequences and about 3 subplots within each of them. Every episode goes into a little more detail about each story line and though we may not know how they will connect, we know that when they do, it will be epic.
Complex political thriller about one of the greatest Mafias in history. The sets and costumes are spectacular and the cruelty that existed back then was sometimes hard to watch. How does it compare to Game of Thrones? Imagine even more elaborate sets, more political twists and, much more violence. Sounds like a winner, huh?
Two hot male leads taking on fantasy creatures all while dealing with the complex relationships of every day life. Even though you had no idea who Jared Padelecki and Jensen Ackles were before they took these famous roles in 2005, we know you love them now. So why would you ever consider not watching a show just because you aren’t familiar with the cast members? Just take a look at the male leads and then try arguing with me: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Richard Madden, Kit Harrington
As a final note, there have only been 2 seasons of the series, so don’t feel like you have to give up your life just to catch up. And for perspective, Lost had six seasons, Supernatural is going into its ninth and 24 (a show that is just as thrilling) had eight. So get on the band wagon everyone, start the binge watching and come join your brothers at CastleRock.
The Big C
Game of Thrones