The fifth season of HBO’s beloved series Game of Thrones kicked off this past Sunday and if you’re like other fans of the epic fantasy, you’re probably struggling to figure out what to do with the Westeros-sized hole in your other nights. We’ll all be watching to learn what tragedies and victories await our favorite GoT characters this season. But if you need more epic royal or action-packed drama to watch in the meantime, we have a few other suggestions.
1. The Tudors (Showtime, 2007-2010)
You think the Lannisters are the only royal family with a little dysfunction? Showtime’s sexy The Tudors lays bare the tawdry, bloody history of Henry VIII’s life in more ways than one. And just like Game of Thrones, it doesn’t hold back when it comes to mixing political intrigue and seduction. It’s an exciting series that heightens – and sometimes stretches — history. The Tudors features memorable performances from a large ensemble, including Jonathan Rhys Meyers as King Henry, Henry Cavill as Charles Brandon, and Natalie Dormer (who you know as Maergary Tyrell) as Anne Boleyn. You can watch all four seasons of The Tudors on Netflix and Amazon on Demand.