Game of Thrones, one of the most popular shows on T.V. right now, will be ending after it completes its eighth season. That means that it’ll likely end in 2018 or 2019, that’s one or two more years guys! Now, I’m not huge on Game of Thrones (I’ve only seen the first episode), but I know once it’s gone it’ll leave a massive hole in all of your hearts, so for you, I’m going to find HBO’s next flagship show.
I know! You don’t even have to thank me (though I would accept the adulation).
So here I go, without any preconceived agendas or ulterior motives, I’m going to brainstorm five potential Game of Thrones replacements, and then decide which one would work the best. It’ll be hard work, but just remember, I’m doing it for you, the people.
Broken Empire Series by Mark Lawrence
One Sentence Summary: This story follows Jorg Ancrath’s quest to unite the Broken Empire by any means necessary.
Strengths: Unique, a lot of twists, action packed, violent, similar to Game of Thrones, potentially nine seasons worth of content.
Weaknesses: Jorg the “Protagonist” is pretty evil, the storyline is often non-linear and it could be hard to fit it into the T.V. format, and it may appear to be too similar to Game of Thrones which could turn people off, despite the fact that it isn’t actually that much like it.
Obi Wan Kenobi
One Sentence Summary: This story follows whatever Obi Wan Kenobi was up to in the time between a Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope.
Strengths: A very mature Star War series, rabid and large fan base, it’d be incredible.
Weaknesses: It will probably never happen, I mean why would Disney allow anyone else to milk one of their biggest cash cows? Plus there is a small chance the market could be saturated with new Star Wars’ movies coming out every year.
One Sentence Summary: A theme park set in the old west where you can do whatever you want to uber realistic robots, but what happens if the robots realize what’s going on?
Strengths: It’s already on HBO, it has a built in fanbase, passionate fans, open-ended season one finale.
Weaknesses: Hard to top season one, looks bland moving content into the Game of Thrones slot, could struggle to add fans.
Operation Alexander (W.T.) a Series by Michael and I
One Sentence Summary: What would have happened if the Allies absorbed the German army and marched on Moscow immediately following World War II?
Strengths: Young and hungry show runners, we could reuse the props from Band of Brothers and The Pacific, World War Two shows are pretty popular right now.
Weaknesses: Obviously none, wait what do you mean you want to see our pilot immediately?
Red Rising Series by Pierce Brown
One Sentence Summary: This story follows Darrow, a lowborn Red miner of Mars, as he infiltrates the elite Golds of The Society in order to topple it from within.
Strengths: Unique, thematically similar to Game of Thrones, a lot of existing content, the author said he wants to write more stories in this universe (and he writes quickly which will be nice after dealing with George R.R. Martin), action packed, and violent.
Weaknesses: The filming rights are already owned by a different study, the budget would have to be really big, initially it is a Young Adult dystopian story.
Truth be told, nothing could ever really replace Game of Thrones, and whatever is eventually placed in its slot will face an uphill battle with fans and critics alike. However, my totally unbiased opinion is that Red Rising could be the next flagship program for HBO.
It really is like if Ender’s Game (and Ender’s Shadow), The Hunger Games, and Game of Thrones were combined into a crazy, action packed, space opera. I’m a big fan of the series, and have been raving about it to everyone for weeks. The movie is currently in development, and Pierce Brown has been working on the script, but here’s the thing, I really think it’d work much better as a T.V. series, and definitely has to be R rated (which the movies likely would not be), or the T.V. equivalent. The way the story progresses it could easily be formatted into a ten episode T.V. series per book, and shows really do a better job portraying books than movies do, at least in general.
So, Pierce Brown and HBO if you’re reading this, please make this happen, please get Red Rising on HBO, please, just do it for me, I mean we, the people.
Images courtesy their creators and owners, especially the sweet one for Red Rising.