The Witcher On Netflix Could Be Your Next Fantasy Show Obsession ~UPD~
All the shows on the list feature similar themes, such as being the chosen one who could defeat evil or discovering you have magical abilities. But if your favourite part of The Wheel Of Time is the adventure and epic world-building, we have plenty of options too, like The Witcher and Game Of Thrones.
The Witcher on Netflix could be your next fantasy show obsession
All those and more are here in this handy compendium of a dozen shows that could maybe, possibly, someday become something approximating the next Game of Thrones. (Honorable mention goes to Showtime's Halo, which will be Thrones-sized but too sci-fi and too based on a video game to really compare.)
7. Lazarus (Amazon) This one could be the next Game of Thrones meets the next Walking Dead meets the next Hunger Games. A sprawling dystopian sci-fi series based on an ongoing comic series by Greg Rucka and Michael Lark, Lazarus tells the story of a world controlled by 16 families, each of whom run their territories in a feudal system. Each family has a "Lazarus" who represents them in combat; for the Carlyles, who control what used to be Western North America, that's Forever, a young woman who's questioning her place in the world. It's still in development, but this has a lot of potential should it come to fruition, and the fact that it's a co-production of Legendary Entertainment and Amazon means it could have a serious budget. It's not exactly a fantasy series, but it's not not a fantasy series, either. (In development; no premiere date)
8. The Lord of the Rings (Amazon) This is the best bet for the actual next Game of Thrones. Jeff Bezos told Amazon's TV division, "Find me the next Game of Thrones," and the company spent $250 million just for the right to make a show based on J.R.R. Tolkien's epic fantasy series (the cumulative price tag for the multiple seasons Amazon has committed to producing could top $1 billion). Amazon knows this is going to be big, and it is not playing around. It's also definitely happening, which is more than we can say about some of the other in-development projects on this list. Tolkien's works, of course, have already been made into a six-film franchise directed by Peter Jackson. The showrunners for the Amazon series are Star Trek 4 screenwriters John D. Payne and Patrick McKay, and the story is rumored to be about young Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen in the movies). (In development; projected to premiere in 2021)
9. Watchmen (HBO) 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. Alan Moore's Watchmen comic was as revolutionary for superhero comics as A Song of Ice and Fire was for fantasy novels (and The Sopranos was for crime TV shows, for that matter). Plus, it has an excellent cast that includes Jeremy Irons, Regina King, and Jean Smart and an accomplished showrunner in Damon Lindelof. It probably won't get a Game of Thrones-sized audience, but it may very well get Game of Thrones-level Metacritic scores. (Coming in 2019)
11. The Wheel of Time (Amazon) If 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 GoT. The Wheel of Time is an enormous 14-part series with numerous storylines, and showrunner Rafe Judkins' TV show is going to focus in on the story of a woman named Moiraine as she embarks on a dangerous journey with five young men and women, one of whom she suspects might be the reincarnation of an incredibly powerful individual who prophecies say will either save humanity or destroy it. An interesting twist is that in this world only women can use magic. The Wheel of Time is the best-selling fantasy series since The Lord of The Rings, but it's not super well-known outside of the fantasy bubble, so it will be interesting to see if Amazon can make it a hit. (In development; no premiere date)
Craving magic, myths, and adventure? A good fantasy series can act as the perfect escape, broadening your horizons and allowing you to get lost in a new, enchanting world. Sometimes, you need to fight a few monsters, cast some spells, and uncover some secrets. Luckily, Netflix has a large library of shows that include all that and more.
Along with Game of Thrones, the USDish position also requires the viewer to also watch The Witcher, House of the Dragon, and Rings of Power to determine who is better: elves, witchers, or dragons. Following the 40-hour marathon, the selected viewers must give summaries on House of the Dragon and Rings of Power via vlog. The goal of the position is to determine what components make the best fantasy show.
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Claymore also boasts gorgeous art in a highly-individual style, a story with twists, turns, and action, and sensibilities that should be familiar to fantasy lovers, particularly fans of The Witcher. While it is unclear whether Sapkowski was a direct influence on Yagi (more likely that both were influenced by Michael Moorcock's Elric of Melniboné, who has often been cited as a direct influence on Geralt of Rivia), what is sure is that fans who love The Witcher will find their next obsession in the pages of Claymore. 350c69d7ab