Vikings is one of the most popular shows on History TV. It recollects the exploits of Ragnar Lothbrok- the most legendary Norse chieftain. The show begins with the Lindisfarne raid of 793 and follows Ragnar’s rise in power. In the subsequent seasons, the series has drifted into the stories of his sons. With the genius show trying their best to portray the legacy of Ragnar.
Vikings made its premiere in 2013, and it was an immediate success. Partly to the script and partly to Travis Fimmel, the show attracted massive audiences. Currently, in its sixth season, the show is already lining up a sequel series.
Vikings: Valhalla is going to be the concluding chapter of this long-running saga. But fans of the series need not be disappointed about the show ending, for there are a few commendable drama series to explore right now.
Game of Thrones
Based on the books of G.R.R Martin, GOT is one of the most popular shows on Earth. Except for a rushed last season, which left many fans disappointed, the series put up a stellar show.
It made its debut in 2011 and gave life to the worlds of Westeros and Essos for millions of fans. With strong, independent, and motivated characters, the series shows a power-thirsty world riddled with deceit, betrayal, and greed.
The show has gone on to become a pop culture icon. It has won 58 Emmy Awards and the hearts of millions of fans. And so powerful is its legacy that HBO has already begun works on a prequel series expected sometime in 2022.
The modern Netflix drama, starring Henry Cavill, is a masterpiece in the fantasy drama genre. Adapted from the books of Andrzej Sapkowski, the story takes place in ‘the Continent.’ With mystical kings, fighters, witches, and animals, the show does not shy away from the action.
It sends you on a flapping between the stories of Geralt, Ciri, and Yennefer at different points of time in a breakneck speed. Their stories will finally fall in place as fans are led to the story of the invaders of Nilfgaard. It is a great watch for fans of action and, with a second season coming in2021, is far from being over.
House of Cards
House of Cards is the political drama on Netflix, which became synonymous with Frank Underwood, played by Kevin Spacey. Breaking the fourth wall constantly, Frank takes the audience for a journey into the murky world of politics.
The show crudely portrays the ambitions of a flawed politician and the levels he can climb to hold onto power. House of Cards is also a great watch for fans wanting dramas focused around the White House. The show is sure to give the audience several gasps, and its best part- it holds no one dear, not even its protagonists.
Spartacus aired for just four seasons between 2010 and 2013. But that was enough to earn itself a loyal following of fans who cherish the show till today.
The show is about the Thracian gladiator Spartacus who led a slave uprising in the Roman city of Capua.
Once the show begins, it is easy to lose yourself into a world of chaos and action. But what many fans miss is the tender emotional side the series possesses. It is this complexity that makes the show such a great watch.
The Last Kingdom
The Last Kingdom made its debut in 2015 amidst very positive reviews. Each season of this British historical drama has earned itself more and more admiration. Adapted from the novels by Bernard Cornwell, the show has been recently renewed for a fifth season. The political drama takes place in England of 9th century AD.
With multiple kingdoms staking its claim, the show is about the desire for political ascendancy. With its fourth season recently concluded and the fifth yet to land, now is a great time to binge-watch the show.
There are few commendable names in the genre of historical and political fiction right now. Certainly, some are better than others. But the shows on this list are simply the best out there. No fans of the genre are going to be disappointed by placing their bets on any of them.