Game of Thrones is lone of the most beloved prestige shows in recent television history. It has amazing characters, wild plot twists, and astounding production values. But what if there was another show that did everything GoT does, but better? Well, it exists, and it’s called Spartacus. The Starz take on the story of the Thracian gladiator had several permutations - Spartacus: Blood and Sand, Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, Spartacus: Vengeance, and Spartacus: War of the Damned. In every version, it dialed the things you love about Game of Thrones up to 11.
Relish action? Spartacus has it in such abundance it’ll make your head spin. Love adult pleasure? Spartacus has more than almost any show on TV. Obsessed with diverse casts of characters of various backgrounds and sexual orientations? Spartacus has that, too. When you combine all that with sharp writing and true attitude, you have yourself a binge-worthy show.
Game of Thrones may have some great fights, but there are plenty of episodes that are just concentrated on talking. There’s nothing wrong with that, but if you're looking for a show that's more about scantily clothed men brawling with spears, Spartacus is the series for you. Even the slower episodes featured some kind of brawl, and delivering action like that every episode is no easy feat.
Did you enjoy it when Game of Thrones deviated from the books and gave fans a brutal fight between Brienne of Tarth and the Hound? Spartacus has you covered. Since the characters are all gladiators, at one point or another, everyone gets to have a turn fighting everybody else.
You could say Game of Thrones is loosely based on the War of the Roses, which saw the Lancasters and the House of York at each other’s throats. Spartacus, however, follows the real people who rebelled against Rome. The characters' fates are (for the most part) the same as their real-life counterparts, which makes for some riveting TV.
Game of Thrones is an incredibly gory show. People get decapitated, disemboweled, and burned alive by dragons. But Spartacus focuses on gladiatorial combat during the golden age of the Roman Empire. Not only do characters have entire conversations about how to decapitate someone, viewers see people get their faces sliced off, crucified, beaten to a pulp and the list goes on.