After an agonizing two year wait, Season 2 of The Witcher is almost here. And while the show promises to immerse fans in the misadventures of Geralt, Ciri, Yennefer, and Jaskier for a tantalizing eight episodes, eventually fans will be left with a Witcher-sized hole in their viewing schedule.
Luckily, there are some amazing dark fantasy shows filled with magic, monsters, and misfit heroes to help fill that void. Here are 10 shows like The Witcher to give you your fantasy fix.
The Last Kingdom
This historical drama follows Uhtred of Bebbanburg (Alexander Dreymon) as he struggles to find his place between his Saxon heritage and the Danes who raised him. Like Geralt, Uhtred is torn from his life as a child and remains an outcast no matter what he does. He is judged by both the Danes and Saxons, and his loyalty is always in question.
Though there isn’t any magic in this series, Uhtred is as fierce with a sword as Geralt, making the battle scenes spectacular to watch. In addition, there’s plenty of political intrigue and an incredible cast of characters bringing this brutal world to life. With four seasons available on Netflix, The Last Kingdom will help you recover from your Witcher hangover.
As humans bring war into their homeland, mythical creatures seek refuge in a city that doesn’t want them. To make things worse, a string of murders threatens to unravel the tenuous peace city officials have managed to maintain.
It’s up to Detective Philo (Orlando Bloom) and refugee fairy Vignette (Cara Delevingne) to solve the murders before dark forces throw the city into chaos.
While the setting of Carnival Row is Victorian steampunk rather than medieval, the harsh realities of living in a country torn apart by war are clearly highlighted in this series. Season 1 is available on Amazon Prime, with Season 2 expected in 2022.
A Discovery of Witches
While doing research in the Bodleian Library, Diana Bishop (Teresa Palmer) accidentally discovers a manuscript that has been lost to the magical world for over 150 years. As soon as she touches it, she unlocks her own powers and sets off a war between creatures who would do anything to obtain the manuscript for their own dark ends. With vampire Matthew Clairmont (Matthew Goode) as one of her only allies, Diana struggles to solve the mysteries of the manuscript before it’s destroyed forever.
The chemistry between Diana and Matthew is just as spicy as the attraction between Geralt and Yennefer. The couple also have massive trust issues thanks to ages-old bias between vampires and witches. Though originally airing on the UK’s Sky One, the first two seasons of A Discovery of Witches are now available on AMC+. Season 3 is expected to premier January 2022.
After a supernatural event, some people in Victorian London—mostly women—are “turned," and develop abilities called "the Touch," which range from amazing to ominous.
Sensing that the newly-Touched are in danger, Amalia True (Laura Donnelly) and Penance Adair (Ann Skelly) join forces to protect and shelter them. But they’ll all have to work together to survive the forces determined to exterminate anyone with these gifts.
Though the women in this series don't have to endure the same extensive trials as Geralt does to manifest their abilities, they feel the sting of rejection all the same. Instead of fighting monsters, these women fight for their existence against the only creatures more terrifying than ghastly creatures: humans.
Part 1 is available now on HBO, with Part 2 expected sometime in 2022.
Based on the novel by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, Good Omens follows angel Aziraphale (Michael Sheen) and demon Crowley (David Tennant), who have to stop the end of the world. Unfortunately, they've lost the Antichrist (Sam Taylor Buck). What follows is a hilarious romp through the British countryside as various representatives for Heaven and Hell try to prepare for the apocalypse.
This limited Amazon series was originally intended for a single season, but rave reviews prompted a second season to begin filming in 2021. Good Omens will appeal to fans who want to see what things might be like if Jaskier was in charge.
Game of Thrones
In case you've been living under Casterly Rock, Game of Thrones follows political machinations across the Seven Kingdoms as the families of Westeros vie for the Iron Throne. Across the sea, Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), sole survivor of the last war of succession, plots to reclaim her birthright. And in the North, dark forces gather and threaten to destroy all of Westeros.
A sweeping fantasy with complicated politics, brutal battles, and constant betrayal, Game of Thrones is considered by many to be one of the best fantasy series of all time. All eight seasons are available on HBO GO.
After his wife is slandered and burned at the stake, vampire Count Vlad Dracula declares war on the people of Wallachia, and unleashes a horde of monsters.
Loner Trevor Belmont (Richard Armitage) is the last in a family of monster hunters. He joins forces with magician Sypha Belnades (Alejandra Reynoso) and Dracula’s half-human son Alucard (James Callis) to defeat Dracula’s forces.
Adapted from the video game of the same name, this dark fantasy anime-influenced series features a lot of the same elements that fans love in The Witcher, including a rag-tag group of misfits battling monsters to save humanity. All four seasons are available on Netflix.
If hunting monsters is your jam, you’ll love the killer ensemble of monster hunters in Penny Dreadful.
When Ethan Chandler (Josh Hartnett) is hired by Malcolm Murray (Timothy Dalton) and his mysterious companion Vanessa Ives (Eva Green) to rescue Murray’s daughter (Olivia Llewellyn), he discovers an entirely new world filled with creatures he never imagined.
Inspired by a variety of classic monsters, this gothic Victorian series incorporates Count Dracula, Jekyll and his monster Hyde, Victor Frankenstein and his creation, and more.
Penny Dreadful lasted three seasons, all available on Showtime, with a spin-off series that launched on the same channel in 2020.
Shadow and Bone
Ravka is a small country surrounded by enemies. But it’s the only one that offers protection to the Grisha, people who can summon and control various elements. Divided by the Shadow Fold—a terrifying rift of darkness filled with murderous creatures—Ravka is vulnerable as war threatens from all their borders.
When General Kirigan (Ben Barnes) discovers that Alina Starkov (Jessie Mei Li) is a rare Sun Summoner, the only Grisha capable of destroying the Fold, he’ll do anything to keep her under his control.
Filled with monsters, witch hunters, and heists, Shadow and Bone has something for everyone. There are also two main narrative arcs that eventually converge, similar to how the timelines in The Witcher finally tie together by the end.
Season 1 is available on Netflix, with Season 2 in development.
Days before he’s due to be released from prison, Shadow Moon’s wife is killed in a car accident. Released early, he encounters a mysterious Mr. Wednesday who offers him a job. With nothing of his old life to go back to, Shadow accepts and finds himself in the middle of a war between the Old Gods and the New.
There are plots within plots woven into American Gods, keeping fans on their toes as each episode reveals new clues and information. Unfortunately, the show was cancelled after Season 3, but it's available in its entirety on STARZ.