Our Mondays have definitely become a lot less exciting ever since the sixth season of Game of Thrones came to a close. And as if the 10-month wait wasn't already agonizing enough, the word on the Internet is that the airing of the next season will be delayed because "winter didn't come." So how do we keep ourselves occupied as we wait for the inevitable Daenerys-Cersei catfight? We can try out other TV shows of course!
There are a lot of quality programs out there that definitely deserve our attention. Think of it this way: Dahil yung focus mo ay nakay Anne Curtis lang hindi mo napansin yung mga kaibigan niyang hot. Wouldn't that be a tragedy?
And this picture illustrates perfectly what my point is:
Anne is hot and she has an equally hot set of friends
Here are five TV shows that you should check out while you wait for the next season of GoT:
1) Marco Polo
A TV series about a man with 7,000 concubines is sure to feature a lot of nudity
The show tells the story of the famed-traveler Marco Polo during his time as a member of Kublai Khan's court. Though the title is named after him, the real star of the show is Kublai Khan (played by Benedict Wong). Like Game of Thrones, it deals with political intrigue, scandals, and gratuitous nudity. But don't go in expecting it to be a GoT clone just because they are both epics. Marco Polo is far less complex and more straightforward, which can be a good thing if you prefer your shows that way. If you enjoy the hit HBO series for the sword fights and the nudity, definitely check this out.
Contrary to what the picture suggests, the show is not about migraine
From the same creator as the hit TV series The Walking Dead comes Outcast, the new show that will keep you up at night. Outcast is about the story of Kyle Barnes, a man being haunted by demons all his life. (Akala mo mabigat na problema mo sa buhay ano? Sige talunin mo yan.) The show deals with his search to find answers and in the process will have him encounter demons that strangely enough only he alone can vanquish. What makes him so special is something that you have to find out for yourself. If you like Game of Thrones for its supernatural storyline as well as its frightening scenes, Outcast is for you.
A preacher that needs to go to confession more than you do
Developed for the small screen by Evan Goldberg and funnyman Seth Rogen, the show tells the story of ex-criminal turned preacher Jesse Custer as he returns home to fulfill his promise of leading the church of his now deceased dad. Things become interesting when a mysterious force takes hold of him and unleashes a highly unconventional power. With the show being spearheaded by the same people that brought us comedy classics such as Superbad and This is the End, you know that the zingers and one-liners will be flying all over the place. However, unlike other shows that take time for the story to take hold, Preacher will surely get you hooked immediately from the pilot episode alone. If you like GoT for the clever dialogue, plot twists, and the "OMG I can't believe that just happened!" moments then you need Preacher in your life.
4) Peaky Blinders
So...who's gonna tell him that he has something on his face?
Peaky Blinders is a gangster family epic with a 1920s post-war England as its setting. The story revolves around ambitious crime boss Tommy Shelby and his family's rise to power in the Birmingham underground. It's what you get when you mixed The Godfather with Guy Ritchie's British crime movies like Snatch. It stars Cillian Murphy, Sam Neill, and Tom Hardy so the acting is topnotch. Peaky Blinders is one of the lesser known shows on this list but is the highest rated among critics because it's just that damn good. Watch this if you miss all the colorful British cussing and testosterone of Game of Thrones.
It's like Fifty Shades of Grey except that this one doesn't suck
Dubbed as the feminist answer to GoT, Outlander is another British production that is based from a series of novels. An English woman from post-World War II finds herself mysteriously transported back in time to 18th Century Scotland and falls in love with a Highland warrior. Sounds a bit like a romantic novel, doesn't it? Sure, if you consider the Fifty Shades of Grey novels to be romantic stories.
Outlander probably has the most erotic sex scenes from all the shows on this list. And unlike that terrible Fifty Shades movie, this one is definitely worth watching. If your girlfriend finds Game of Thrones to be too gruesome, she might like this one. Worth checking out if you enjoy the sex scenes of GoT but love the show more for all the scheming and political intrigue.
See? You don't need to wait for more than a year to enjoy great television. Give these shows a chance and you'll probably be binge-watching again in no time. If Jon Snow comes running back to us next year we'll just reply with a dismissive, "Huh? Jon Snow? Hu u?" You should have known better than to leave us, Jon! Six seasons in and you still know nothing!
Rey de la Cruz Jr. likes talking about films as much as he likes watching them. He runs www.reyview.org, a site that provides Filipino moviegoers with reviews written in a voice that is uniquely Pinoy.