Game of Thrones is coming to an end this year, which means deep-pocketed cable networks and streaming services are hard at work trying to come up with the next Game of Thrones; that is, a big-budget fantasy series that will court obsessive fandom from viewers all over the world. All those and more are here in this handy compendium of 10 shows that could maybe, possibly, someday become something approximating the next Game of Thrones. Game of Thrones spin-offsOnly one next Game of Thrones can actually claim to be the next Game of Thrones. Lazarus This one could be the next Game of Thrones meets the next Walking Dead meets the next Hunger Games. Watchmen This won’t be the next Game of Thrones in the sense of being a world-conquering fantasy hit, but it might be the next series to use genre-transcending source material to tell a thematically rich, hyper-violent story about a large ensemble of complex characters that’s more about people than it is about fantasy. Wild Cards Hulu’s big gambit in the next Game of Thrones sweepstakes has two big things going for it: One, a plan for an expansive universe that already includes two series; and two, the involvement of George R.R. Martin himself, who co-edits the sprawling, multi-authored Wild Cards book series. The Wheel of TimeIf you like fantasy to be traditional good vs. evil without all the moral complexity of Game of Thrones, Amazon’s take on Robert Jordan’s epic fantasy series may be your pick for next Game of Thrones.
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