A great fantasy requires some real magic which is why after Lord of The Rings, no other novels came close to the mark. In a surprising turn of events however, the world was gifted with George R. R. Martins A Song of Ice and Fire. HBO saw the potential it held and rushed to adapt it for a show.
Many Games of Thrones seasons were produced inspired by Martins unfinished series of novels before the show concluded—and that only goes on to show how time-consuming the creation of complex worlds can be. Once the show hit the screen people were hooked. It had all the elements essential for a great fantasy drama. A world fueled by magic, with a throne up for grabs, and of course dragons.
When it finally came to an end, the audience both rejoiced and were saddened. Such great stories are difficult to come by and with its end viewers were left distraught wondering what to watch next. But, if you think HBO has abandoned you, think again. Here are some more worlds for you to dive into!
The Golden Compass trilogy is one of Philip Pullmans greatest works. When movie adaptations were in the making, fans were ecstatic. Waiting patiently to see their favorite characters on the screen—they had high hopes. Sadly, the film failed to depict the magical world described in the books, leaving many disappointed. The book tells a riveting tale, the movie on the other hand, not so much. Yes, there is a certain awe factor the movie holds but only for those who have yet to read the books.
Luckily, however, the HBO series has given another chance to His Darkest Materials, in a fantasy-drama format and the script has all the makings of a great show.
The story follows Lyra who lives in a magical world where each human has a companion animal, called a demon, with whom they share a deep bond. This brave young woman is determined to find her kidnapped friend. He is not the only one to have been abducted. Many others have been taken similarly.
Why? Well, nobody knows but Lyra is closer to the answer, and as you join her on her quest you will learn too. The first season is already out so you might want to get to it. If you are subscribed to Spectrum Select you can get the HBO® add-on so you will have no trouble watching it
Another movie adaptation that failed the readers is The Time Travelers Wife. The book had great potential and with a star cast including Rachel McAdams, the 2009 film could have set the box office on fire. Too bad its magic was completely diminished by an over-simplified storyline to a rather run-of-the-mill romance with little nuance. With the announcement of a show, however, fans are abuzz.
The show is being spearheaded by Steve Moffat—the writer and producer behind the British series Sherlock and Doctor Who. With a track record of quality work behind him, the adaptation based on the Audrey Niffenegger novel has hope. Just be sure to get Cox Contour TV. Because with the Cox channel lineup, you wont has any trouble getting HBO® on demand—that way you will be able to watch the show on your own timeline.
Sure, the superhero is a whole different genre, but a great fantasy to revel in and packs just as much magic, courtesy the superpowers that characters are bestowed with. The genre has always had a huge following and since Marvel launched the Avengers series in film format it is doing even better. The burgeoning demand for the series led to the creation of a number of TV shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter, bringing in much revenue for the producers. Given its lucrative nature, HBO too jumped onto the superhero bandwagon to bring you, Watchmen.
The show depicts an alternate picture of America—very different from the present yet very similar too—an America where superheroes live undercover and policemen wear masks to hide their identity from the public, a land filled with political and racial tensions. It is in this context the masked vigilante detective Rorschach comes to find out about the actions of his former comrades and feels so disgusted he plans to reveal their misdeeds. Rorschach does not live to see that happen, but his diary which contains the details ends up at the office of his favored newspaper.
This show is unlike any other you have seen before and occupies a whole new universe with a whole new set of possibilities. If you looking for a break from the predictable Justice League and Avengers, this might be exactly what you need. With an affordable WOW! TV package, you can catch it with ease.
Science-fiction too deserves a spot on our list. It is a fantasy-like none other, blurring the lines between the world of magic and our own.
The Nevers revolves around the lives of Victorian women who find they have abilities, beyond the normal. Pursued by relentless enemies, they must persevere and fulfill the mission entrusted to them. Changing the world, after all, is no easy work.
Making you travel to a different time, this show is sure to challenge many tropes and stereotypes. With the talented Joss Whedon at the helm of its creation, you know youre in for a treat. Make sure to subscribe to Cox TV for a seamless viewing experience.
Another Sci-Fi drama you simply must watch is Westworld. Sure it depicts no Westeros, but it has an engaging story and complex world-building that you will love.
The story is set in 2058, where theme parks operated by Delos Inc. are all the craze. Each environment is run by android hosts undistinguishable from humans and designed to fulfill guests every desire, be it violent or sexual in nature. The narratives the hosts live by are decided by the operators and reset after each cycle.
It is in an American Old West-themed park that our story begins. The developer Dr. Robert Ford has launched a new update that causes some hosts to gain sentience. As Bernard Lowe, the lead of programming at Delos works to undo the problem, he realizes he too is a host with sentience. A story to rival Inception, this is one series you dont want to miss, and with Xfinity TV you wont.
The show has three seasons out that you can watch. Season 4 was announced this year however, with coronavirus still at large, delays are to be expected in its airing schedule, which may be pushed to 2022.
With J.J. Abrams, this HBO series is set for success. The intimate sci-fi fantasy drama is focused on a world battle against a horrific tyrannical force—and was originally titled Demimonde.
It was back in 2018 Abrams landed with the series—his first solely created series since the ABC drama Alias in 2001. And, it is now confirmed Abrams, at last, has showrunners to head Demimonde. The plot has been reported as a subject of a bidding war between HBO and Apple. And for this reason, a tight-lipped approach to details of the plot is being maintained. We do however know the story revolves around a family that is willing to go any length in order to find their missing child. The show is anticipated to make a great watch. So if you find yourself interested, you may contemplate a subscription to AT&T TV well in time for its release.
Matt Ruffs novel Lovecraft Country has inspired many writers. HBOs latest production is no different, however they are going the horror drama route. The story follows Atticus Black, who takes a road trip across the South during the racist 1950s with his friend Letitia and Uncle George looking for his missing father.
The struggle for survival is real. They must face the racist terrors of an unapologetic White America. As you watch the series you will get sucked into the pervasive racism, that is depicted to permeate everyday life—leaving you forced to analyze the phenomenon. Whats more, soon it all morphs into supernatural proportions.
The show is not for the faint-hearted, however. Then, again nor was Game of Thrones, was it?
If there are some of you still unwilling to get over the Game of Thrones hangover, let us tell you that you dont need to. Although some wait is necessary, you can rest assured GoT will be back with a spin. A no-brainer really, given the series success.
It was in 2017 that HBO announced it would be expanding on Martins world. They commissioned a pilot episode co-created with the writers input and while there is much we dont know about it, what we do know is that it is set thousands of years before the GoT. It was filmed in 2019 but soon dropped.
Now, however, another spinoff called House of Dragons is being considered—one of the four GoT spin-offs in works. The show is set 300 years before the even of GoT and will explore the history of the House of Targaryen—its rise and fall into turbulent times.
There you go! With these HBO shows you will be able to once again experience the magic you must be missing. While they may not fill the void fully for most GoT fans, in particular, they do have the power to set you off on a whole new journey into different and newer worlds—full of intrigue and captivating as ever. If you are subscribed to a Spectrum TV plan you have everything you need to dive into the magical world of fantasy, drama, horror, and sci-fi. The Spectrum channel lineup for HBO includes all the network’s channels. If you require more information before you subscribe, call Spectrum sales support, and you will receive the assistance you need.
House of Dragons is in the making and if George R. R. Martin is to be believed, HBO has had 4 spinoffs in the working.
Given how unpredictable 2020 has been, you wont get to see the first spinoff until 2021.
HBO is a premium channel and Spectrum Select offers it as an add-on.