Games of Thrones fans, lots of them, were disappointed with the ending of the show. But before you cancel your HBO subscription, check out these existing and upcoming HBO shows, spin-offs and specials. Don’t know how to get HBO without a TV subscription, and how a virtual private network (VPN) can help out? Keep on reading to find out.
What Lies Beyond The GOT Series Finale?
With over 1.6 million people signing the petition ‘Remake Game of Thrones Season 8 with competent writers.’, one wouldn’t be alone in thinking GOT went downhill and got predictable after season six. According to some, even the spectacular night battle couldn’t compensate for this season’s shortcomings.
Whether it was accidental (or not so accidental?) Starbucks cup appearing next to Daenerys, or that there was noticeably no inspiration to be taken from the books anymore, the temptation to end your HBO subscription might have been near.
Before canceling though, check out these (upcoming) shows, specials, and spin-offs. Want HBO and don’t know how to get it? Check the latter part of this article and see how a VPN can save the day.
'Game of Thrones: The Last Watch' Documentary
In saying goodbye to the fantasy that is Game of Thrones, this documentary is maybe a more satisfying wave-off than the final episode. We meet the real people behind the scenes that make the epicness possible - like the production designers, a zillion extras. We also see the table read of the final episode and the emotional reactions of the actors.
The documentary might also illuminate some of the storyline decisions better. The documentary appeared a week after the season finale, worthwhile checking out!
GOT Spinoffs… Er, ‘Successor Shows’
According to the writer of the A Game Of Thrones book George R. R. Martin, there’s three Game of Thrones ‘successor shows’ as he prefers to call them, that are ‘moving forward nicely’. One of them will start shooting later this year and two are in script development.
Martin recommends picking up a copy of his book Fire & Blood to come up with your own theories. Fire & Blood is set about 300 years before Game of Thrones, when dragons ruled Westeros.
A book??? You ask. Why not?
Keep on reading for Martin’s own unlikely HBO watching tips, later in this article!
His Dark Materials
This adventure fantasy TV series based on the book trilogy by Philip Pullman is coming to HBO soon. His Dark Materials follows Lyra, a brave young woman from another world. Lyra’s quest to find her kidnapped friend leads her to uncover a sinister plot of a secret organization, encounter extraordinary beings and protect dangerous secrets.
‘In every child’s nightmare, there’s an element of truth’, the trailer’s narrator promises us. If you’ll be missing special creatures, adventures, and fantasy now that GOT is over, then it sounds like a good idea to stay tuned for His Dark Materials.
The first season of this science fiction Western series aired in 2016, with a third season coming up in 2020. Westworld is based on the 1973 film of the same name. In the series, Westworld is a wild-west themed amusement park to which people can have access for a great sum of money.
In Westworld, there are robots that look like humans and are called hosts. The hosts exist to gratify the desires of the visitors, and their storylines are decided by the writer of the company that runs and designs the amusement park. Worse, the hosts are programmed to be incapable to defend themselves. This is already starting to sound gnarly, right?
If that doesn’t sound bad, one of the designers of the Westworld theme park decides they want to update hosts to start becoming sentient beings, aware of themselves and their nature.
The Westworld series has a story structure that draws the viewer in right away, with flashbacks and time jumps. Especially interesting are the different storylines programmed into the hosts, starting from the same point. We see the storylines as the hosts are starting to remember them subconsciously.
The Westworld setting looks gorgeous and is shot on film largely, the characters and villains are memorable. If epic and brutal fights, dramatic violence are your GOT thing, and you’ve seen the previous two seasons of Westworld already, well then stick around for season three!
Creepy and grim, is this mysterious drama The Leftovers that also contains horror elements. The story starts three years after a random selection of 2% of the world population has vanished into thin air.
The Leftovers is set in a town in New York. Moms are left childless, a local cop with a daughter wife-less, and after the disappearing, there’s a cult dressed in all-white that stalks people and doesn’t speak to outsiders.
The haunting show is created by Damon Lindelof of the Lost TV series and Tom Perrotta, who wrote the book The Leftovers. The third and last season aired in 2017.
If you like the darkness of Game of Thrones, the stark magical realism of The Leftovers will suit you just fine.
The Watchmen TV series are set to premiere in the fall of 2019. While the director of the 2009 Watchmen film Zack Snyder was first involved, the creation is now in the hands of Lindelof, of The Leftovers mentioned above.
Being an alternate history where superheroes are treated as outlaws, the dark Watchmen story is based on the comic book by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons.
Looks like action, creepy characters and violence are to be expected, which is probably just your jam as a GOT lover!
Other Awesome HBO Shows To Watch After The Game Of Thrones Series Finale
As promised, here’s the HBO recommendations of A Game Of Thrones book writer George R. R. Martin. The first is the historical drama show Gentleman Jack. The show is based on lesbian relationships written about in code in the 1900s by the real life Anne Lister. Right on, Martin!
Martin also recommends the political comedy show Veep, which is according to him funnier than real politics. Who knows, how watching these shows will shine a different light on Game of Thrones, or its inventor…
Just in case, somehow, you are looking for lies, terrible people and family dramas, check out Succession or Big Little Lies on HBO. No fantastical creatures, but in turn plenty of toxic dynamics.
Wow, so many shows! Surely you will never work again. But how to get HBO if you don’t have it? And where can a VPN come in?
How To Get Access To HBO Now And HBO GO
In most countries, a TV subscription with HBO automatically comes with the streaming service HBO GO. If you're one of the millions of cord-cutters without a TV subscription, HBO recently launched a standalone service called HBO Now.
But don't try using either service outside of America without a VPN, because, at the moment, they are only available in the US. Everyone else can expect to be told they're "Not in service area."
How To Get Access To HBO Now And HBO GO When Abroad
With the help of a virtual private network (VPN) subscription, you can access HBO GO if you already have a subscription or sign up to HBO Now. By changing your IP address, VPNs make it possible to get around the geo-restrictions put up by HBO.
The best VPNs for HBO will offer many servers in the US for you to connect. This way, HBO will think you’re located in the US regardless of your actual location.
Once you're connected to the VPN, register with HBO Now, the first seven days are free if you’re just curious and want to take a look.
It is important to know that not any VPN subscription will do. HBO is always updating its systems and it is vital to have a VPN that can keep up with the latest restricting technology they put out.
The Best VPNs For HBO GO And HBO Now
To avoid buffering and to protect your privacy, selecting the right VPN is also important. Here are some top-rated suggestions.
With over 1800 servers located in the US, NordVPN takes the cake when it comes to connection possibilities. Access to HBO Now is right around the corner.
You can secure up to 6 devices at the same time, so your partner can use the NordVPN app on the iPad to watch Veep, while you get on the PC to see for yourself what's so great about The Wire.
Speed is important for streaming without buffering or drops in quality. For fast speeds, ExpressVPN has you covered. Speed past HBO's wall of geo-blocks and catch up with all the action packed into the final season of Game of Thrones. Don’t let anything interrupt enjoying HBO!
Another great choice for Streaming HBO GO or HBO Now is PureVPN. They support every major operating system, have 490 US servers including some optimized for streaming, and PureVPN allows 5 simultaneous connections so the whole family can stream their favorite show.
PureVPN is also really big on privacy. They are based in Hong Kong which does have strict data retention laws like the US or EU. This is good for staying anonymous and protecting your data.
So many more available and upcoming shows on HBO! If you’re outside the US and don’t have an old fashioned TV subscription with HBO, then get a VPN so you can subscribe to HBO Now and watch all the shows!