The Night's Watch: 10 Shows to Check Out If You're Missing Game of Thrones

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The battle for the Iron Throne continues.

White Queen (2013)

A historical series about three women and their struggle for power. During the Wars of the Roses, the two branches of the royal family fought for the throne: Lancaster and York. And while the men settle their disputes with weapons, the women have to resort to intrigue, deceit, and guile. The focus is on the confrontation between Elizabeth Woodville, Margaret Beaufort, and Anne Neville. An adaptation of Philippa Gregory's bestselling novel series.

The Tudors (2007)

The story of a major English dynasty that ruled the country in the 16th century. The bright series chronicles the lives, both secret and public, of those who decided the fate of the largest empire in the world. Despots and wise men, tyrants and lovers, prosperity and ruin — this is Tudor England.

Outlander (2014)

A military nurse from the 1940s is suddenly transported in time back to 1743 during a walk at Craigh na Dun. She finds herself in the era of the Civil War between the Highlanders and the English, a time where a lone woman is always in danger and death is everywhere. She has to find a place in this alien world, meet her love, survive all the battles and witch hunts.

Vikings (2013)

Cold medieval Scandinavia is seething with passion, love, and struggle. The creators of The Tudors decided to follow the success of the previous series and tell the story of the Viking Ragnar Lothbrok, his family, friends and enemies. The courageous warrior dreams of going to the West and conquering distant lands. During his campaigns, he will have to fight not only with Christian kings, but also with his fellow countrymen who are jealous of his success.

Black Sails (2014)

The series is kind of a prequel to Stevenson's famous novel Treasure Island — the story takes place 20 years before the events of the book. The pirates are living out their golden age. Captain Flint's crew and the British navy fight for Providence Island, which has become the home base for all the pirates of the Caribbean.

Victoria (2016)

British historical series created by Daisy Goodwin for ITV. The plot focuses on the early years of Queen Victoria's reign, after her accession to the throne at the age of 18. Her road to becoming an adult is riddled with tragedies and joys, love affairs and scandals. The lead roles are played by Jenna Coleman (Doctor Who) and Rufus Sewell (Gods of Egypt).

Spartacus: Blood and Sand (2010)

Drama, violence, action and love — what more does a Game of Thrones fan need? You can find all of that in the series, which tells the story of the life of a young Thracian warrior. After losing his family and his home village, he finds himself in Rome as a gladiator. Now he must fight to the death for the public's amusement. But in this world, only the strongest will survive.

The Virgin Queen (2005)

The age of Queen Elizabeth is a time of plotting, intrigue, execution and murder. Nevertheless, the brave, powerful and fierce Queen ruled the country for 40 years. Legitimate heir to her father, Elizabeth survived imprisonment in the Tower by her half-sister. Upon ascending the throne, she proves to be a cruel monarch towards her enemies and shows them no mercy.

House of the Dragon (2022)

A prequel to Game of Thrones, an adaptation of the first part of George R.R. Martin's Fire & Blood. The series is set during the reign of the Targaryen family, 200 years before the events of the original series. The Targaryens are engaged in a fierce struggle for power. Political intrigue, conspiracies, family drama and, of course, dragons — everything that Game of Thrones fans need.

The Hollow Crown (2012)

The series is based on the plays of William Shakespeare, and the creators are quite faithful to the author's text. The main theme of all the episodes is the struggle for power, getting and then losing the throne. Shakespear writing is accompanied by the performances of the best British actors — Tom Hiddleston, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jeremy Irons and many others.

House of Cards (2013)

A political drama television series, created by Beau Willimon for Netflix. The plot revolves around cynical congressman Francis Underwood and his ambitious wife Claire, paving their way to the upper echelons of power. In order to achieve their goal, the characters use the entire arsenal of the dirtiest political tricks. House of Cards is an adaptation of the BBC mini-series of the same name.