The second season of The Witcher debuted on Netflix in early December 2021, and—like its first season—it's already a massive hit for the streaming service. While a third season is definitely happening, fans will likely be waiting a long time for it to arrive. In the meantime, there are plenty of other great fantasy shows and historical dramas that should scratch your itch for more sword-swinging heroes. Here are a few of our favorites.
1. The Wheel of Time
The Wheel of Time is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video right now. The new show is based on the acclaimed book series by author Robert Jordan, and follows Moiraine (Rosamund Pike), who is trying to find the “chosen one” in a world full of magic and monsters.
2. Shadow and Bone
Shadow and Bone is based on the Grishaverse books from Leigh Bardugo. The first season premiered on Netflix in April 2021, and has already been renewed for season 2 (though, as with The Witcher, we might be waiting a long time for the next batch of episodes).
The series isn't as dark as The Witcher, but it’s full of the requisite drama, action, romance, and magic. In the series, a young woman named Alina Starkov (Jessie Mei Li), a mapmaker with the Ravkan army, is pulled into a new world when it’s revealed that she has the power to change her country’s future.
3. The Last Kingdom
The Last Kingdom is based on a series of historical fiction novels known as the Saxon Stories by author Bernard Cornwell. There are four seasons of the hit show on Netflix, with a fifth on the horizon. The series follows Uhtred of Bebbanburg, a Geralt-like figure, as he fights for various sides in battles between the Saxons and Danes.
Barbarians is a German series that focuses on the members of a small village that takes on the Romans. There is one season on Netflix, with a second in the works. Like The Last Kingdom, Barbarians incorporates elements of real-world history (though it's still heavily fictionalized) into its story—but despite the lack of a fantasy element, it's still more than worthy of a place on your watch list.
5. Game of Thrones
6. Vikings: Valhalla
Vikings: Valhalla, which is coming to Netflix on February 25, 2022, is set a century after the events of the first Vikings series, which premiered on The History Channel almost a decade ago. The new series follows Leif Erikson and other famous characters during the time period.
7. The Witcher: Blood Origin
The Witcher is also getting a spin-off prequel in 2022, which will make the wait for a proper third season much more bearable. We don’t have a confirmed release date yet, but we know the series takes place 1200 years before the current storyline and focuses on the adventures of the very first Witcher.