And so comes that time of year again, where the melancholy sets in and we find ourselves staring blankly at our television screens, flicking through the channels and trying to convince ourselves not to settle on Man Vs Food: that's right, Game of Thrones has finished once more for another year.
Easily one of the most enthralling series on television (and more often than not, our computer screens), the epic fantasy show Game of Thrones has just come to the end of its 6th season, and although Jon, Tyrion and Daenerys will be brightening up our lives (and shattering our dreams) once again next winter, here's a list of 5 programmes featuring somewhat similar themes to G.o.T, that we can occupy our TV time with until then.
Sons of Anarchy
If you like fast motorcycles, Ron Perlman and intense family drama (and which Thrones fan isn't, right?), then Kurt Sutter's Sons of Anarchy might just be for you. With seven generous series to sink your teeth into and a healthy mixture of action, romance and violence, it might just be up to SAMCRO (deep breath - "Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club Redwood Original) to help wash away those post-Thrones blues.
The Walking Dead
Based on The Walking Dead's viewing figures, chances are you've already experienced Rick Grimes and Co. fighting zombies and humans alike in the deep south (in and around Atlanta, Georgia to be precise), but on the off chance that you've avoided it until now, TWD is a great one to pass with time with while dreaming of Jon Snow's luscious curls. And if it's the brutal gore that you watch Game of Thrones for (we all know one); look no further, there's crushed skulls a-plenty.
Recently renewed for its fifth season, Vikings is likely to give you that fantasy-drama hit that you've been craving since mid-June. Although this show only consists of 39 episodes to date, (let's be honest, we could burn through that in a few weeks), following the exploits of Norse legend Ragnar may help sooth our crippling lack of those battling noble houses.
If you're a fan of watching bad things happen to good people, with a side-helping of bad things happening to bad people (pretty much George R.R Martin's M.O) then Marvel and Netflix's Daredevil will suit you just fine. Although also a fairly young series, the two seasons that we do have showcase a vigilante's life in Hell's Kitchen (one of New York City's toughest neighbourhoods); with all that on-screen death and despair making us sigh fondly, while thinking of Westeros.
Filled with an alarming consumption of alcohol and a generous helping of sex and adultery, AMC's Mad Men may be more like our beloved Game of Thrones than we might think. With in-depth character development and a satisfying 92 episodes to delve into, joining Don Draper and friends in 1960's Manhattan may help us make it through the long months ahead.
So there we have it, 5 TV series to enjoy and explore in the absence of HBO's epic. We can dive in and let them consume our lives or watch sparingly and stretch out the enjoyment; then again, we could always go outside or read a book?