These shows are battling to be the next ‘Game of Thrones’

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Everyone wants to be the king.

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“Game of Thrones” may have ended two years ago with a less congested conclusion, but its legacy as the biggest show on TV lives on, and many shows are jockeying to handle that situation. .

Various networks and streamers are rolling out big, epic fantasies in hopes of capturing some of that peak “Throne” buzz — the latest of which is “The Wheel of Time.”


And that’s not even mentioning shows that are still coming down the pipeline in the future, like Amazon’s big-budget “Lord of the Rings” show in the fall of 2022, Netflix’s “Chronicles of Narnia” adaptation ( No premiere date yet), or HBO’s “Game of Thrones” prequel “House of the Dragon,” which will pass Daenerys’ iconic silver wig for actors like Matt Smith.

Here are the current shows trying to take the TV throne.

“Wheel of Time”

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The show is probably in the best position to handle Mantle, as the story bears many similarities to “Throne,” an epic fantasy based on a massive book series that began in the ’90s. It even has a set that resembles “Winterfell,” pilots “Throne”, and Roose Bolton (Michael McElhuton) dead bodies in a spiral pattern on the ground. It’s too early to tell whether this will generate the same level of buzz, but so far, it’s a bit too commonplace for its own good. It’s already been renewed for season 2, so maybe it’ll develop on its own.

Where to watch it: heroine

Rosamund Pike as Moiren in ‘The Wheel of Time’.
Jan Thijsso

“His Dark Materials”

It is also based on a popular book series, but is aimed at children and teenagers, and rather than a quasi-medieval setting, it is Edwardian Britain with some wonky techniques such as Zeppelins thrown in. More than 5 million people tuned in when it aired on the BBC in 2019, but it lost 1 million for season 2 and not 1 million in the US. So, it remains more of a niche audience.

where to see it, HBO

Daphne Keane leans in next to a white ferret.
Daphne Keane as Lyra in “His Dark Materials”.


Based on a series of books and video games, the Henry Cavill vehicle has all the qualities of “GoT,” violence, sex, a pseudo-medieval setting, and a large audience, with an audience tuning in to 76 million during the first month. For Netflix’s opaque statistics. Problem? “GOT” wasn’t just a popular show, it also had reputation traps, with stellar acting and (mostly) decent writing. With its nonsensical writing and often cheap-looking sets, “The Witcher” lacks that element.

where to see it, Netflix

Henry Cavill holds a sword in "The Witcher".
Henry Cavill as Geralt in ‘The Witcher’

“Shadow and Bone”

Based on a popular series of novels, the show takes a Tsarist Russia setting and adds in “X Men”-type magic, all anchored by some good old-fashioned mobsters, a scene-chewing villain Ben Barnes. (“Westworld”) and a “Harry Potter”-type “Chosen One” storyline. According to Netflix, 55 million homes tuned in. The show was widely watched, but it didn’t create much buzz about watercoolers. Perhaps she will find that in her second season.

Where to watch it: Netflix

Jesse Mei Lee as Alina and Ben Barnes as The Darkling stand next to each other on the deck of a ship in "Shadow and Bone."
Jesse Mei Lee as Alina and Ben Barnes as The Darkling in “Shadow and Bone”.
Attila Szvacek/Netflix

“Carnival Row”

This neo-noir show featuring fairies and mythical creatures struggling with human society was supposed to be fun, and had an eclectic cast including Orlando Bloom, Cara Delevingne, and Jared Harris, but it was mostly a slog. For some reason, it’s getting a Season 2 – so better luck next time.

Where to watch it: heroine

Orlando Bloom wearing a bowler hat at "Carnival Row."
Orlando Bloom as Half-Fay Inspector Rycroft Philostrate in “Carnival Row.”
Photo: Jan Thijs

“The Never”

The show had the potential to grow up, combining an “X Men”-type world with genre-giant Joss Whedon and the trappings of Victorian England. Unfortunately for the rest of the cast and crew, “The Nevers” premiered at the worst possible time, right when Whedon fell from grace under a cloud of accusations. Even though the show tried to distance itself from them, it was too late for viewers to remove the association, and the show never garnered 2 million viewers – or received very positive reviews.

Where to watch it: HBO

Laura Donnelly and Ann Skelly in "The Nevers."
Laura Donnelly and Ann Skelly in ‘The Nevers’.


Shows like “WandaVision,” “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” and “Loki” have garnered great buzz and even some prestige acclaim, but the nature of the MCU means they are very fragmented.

Where to watch it: Disney+

Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda stands in an alleyway in "WandaVision".
Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda in “WandaVision”.


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