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Which TV shows aided “GOT” into existence?

Which TV shows aided “GOT” into existence?
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Which TV shows aided “GOT” into existence?

You know nothing Jon Snow! Many others came before you and (hopefully) many more shall come wielding noble swords.

A lot of people who never had any interest in shows or movies about Kings and swordsmen found themselves converted. They could not resist the pull of Game of Thrones. Its social media noise and its ability to kill ANYONE was like no other show most of us had ever seen before. What other shows came before GOT? Are they any “series like Game of Thrones” that you might not be aware of?


1. The Borgias


Before I give you the official blurb about this series, let me throw in a word or two. This was one of the pioneers of Television scripts with multiple Kingdoms, royal incest, and all kinds of nasty stuff. Don’t get me wrong. It wasn’t the first of its kind. But it definitely opened some hell-gates that inspired nasty plots and twists.

Game of Thrones Episode 1 premiered on HBO on April 17, 2011. The Borgias bit GOT by the nose (only just) and launched on April 3, 2011. When I initially bumped into The Borgias, it didn’t take long for me to say to myself, you can’t script this twisted stuff! I thought to myself… this must be based on a real-life “Royal family” of sorts. I then read about The House of Borgia. And now for the official blurb about the show:

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The Borgias, led by patriarch Rodrigo, are a family of outsiders from Spain who try to take over control of Renaissance-era Italy. Through the use of bribery, extortion and torture, Rodrigo rises up the ranks to become pope. Two of Rodrigo’s children are used as pawns by being married off to members of rival families at a young age.

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2. Legend of the Seeker


Back in the day, before Game of Thrones. I once tried to get a friend of mine to watch “The Legend of The Seeker” and failed. I explained to him how Mother Confessor’s mage powers worked (played by Bridget Regan, pictured below). Not to be mistaken with Mother Teresa.

My friend (who nows goes around Googling for Series like Game of Thrones) just said, “Yah… but the fight scenes were poorly filmed. It’s terrible!” Sigh! Even I could see that, but it was still an addictively AMAZING story! don’t even get me started about the prophecy or the Pristinely Ungifted One [I’m getting goosebumps now]. I won’t spoil the show (though its VFX might be now too old for GOT fans to swallow. Here is the official series description for The Legend of The Seeker:

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Accompanied by the wizard Zedd and mysterious Kahlan, the woodsman Richard Cypher uses his newfound magic powers to help stop a ruthless, power-mad tyrant from unleashing an ancient evil upon the world

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Who played Mother Confessor in Legend of the Seeker?

Bridget Regan


3. Spartacus: Blood & Sand


This series did not have the same grand battles and dragons.. but it came more than a year before Game of Thrones. Obviously by then GOT was probably already in production or something, but still. It’s motivating and quiet helpful to see some of your competitors’ battle scenes before filming your own project.

Sadly this show was forced to recast its lead character. Here is what Wiki has to say: “After the completion of the first season titled Spartacus: Blood and Sand, production for another season was delayed because lead actor Andy Whitfield was diagnosed with early-stage non-Hodgkin lymphoma so Starz produced a six-episode prequel mini-series entitled Spartacus: Gods of the Arena. When the actor’s cancer recurred and he later died on September 11, 2011, Starz had actor Liam McIntyre take on the role of Spartacus.” Let us hear the official series description:

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The life of Spartacus, the gladiator who led a rebellion against the Romans. From his time as an ally of the Romans, to his betrayal and becoming a gladiator, to the rebellion he leads and its ultimate outcome.

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4. Rome


I hope you’ve enjoyed my exploration around TV series like Game of Thrones. This list would not be complete without adding in Rome! Both shows (Rome VS Game of Thrones) are HBO products. Rome initially premiered on August 28, 2005. And GOT which is also by HBO was born on April 17, 2011. That’s six years after Rome. Surely, HBO was inspired by ROME to spend a lot more money in the next “Rome-like” series. Before I give you the show’s official description, here is the 2005 trailer:

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Generals and soldiers, masters and slaves, and husbands and wives all find themselves players in this epic series about the death of the republic, and birth of the most powerful empire in history.

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