It’s been a couple of weeks since the season 7 finale. Admittedly, it was a weaker season than previous ones. However, the end of Season Seven was still pretty intense. Zombie dragons breathing blue fire. Littlefinger punished for his past indiscretions. The long-awaited consummation between Jon Snow and his aunt. The fall of the wall.

With the eighth season of GOT airing as late as 2019, here are some shows that may make that wait a little easier.

WESTWORLD

In the future, man will find amusement in the virtual reality that is “Westworld.” There, humans can kill and screw whomever they please against the backdrop of the old west. Hosts, the androids who populate the park, are there for man’s entertainment.

But what happens when they become conscience? What happens then they begin to remember the horrors done to them?

The storytelling’s a bit more thought provoking than game of thrones. But like early episodes of GOT, there’s a lot of nudity to appease those missing the “Sexposition” GOT excelled at.

Find it on HBO, HBO GO, and the HBONOW app. Season one is complete and season two will premiere sometime in 2018.

Rating: 9 out of 10 bullets to the chest (if you’re a host)

Handmaid’s Tale

The United States is no more. Women have lost all rights. those who show exceptional fertility become “Handmaids” and are ceremoniously raped every month. One handmaid, Offred, refuses to break and becomes part of the resistance.

This show is HEAVY, especially in the current political climate. Like GOT it has a central hero who doesn’t give up even when the odds are stacked against her. And you look forward to the day Offred gets her revenge. Much like the night Arya got hers against the Freys.

Season One is available on HULU, with season 2 coming in 2018

Rating: 9 out of 10 headdresses.

OUTLANDER

A married woman travels to the past, falls in love with a Scottish Gael, and promptly has what may be the strangest affair ever.

Outlander is much more romantic than GOT, but it has that soap opera element that one who is addicted to the Songs of Ice and Fire would appreciate.

OUTLANDER is in its second season can currently be seen on STARZ.

Rating: 7 out of 10 magic time traveling stones.

VIKINGS

Who isn’t down for a little village pillaging? Vikings tells the story of the legendary Viking Chieftain Ragnar Lothbrok and his crew. It’s more historical fiction than fantasy, but the tone and violence is similar enough to Game of Thrones to make it a worthy surrogate.

Plus, Travis Fimmel is not that bad on the eyes, am I right ladies? Gentlemen? Anyone?

VIKINGS is in its fourth season on The History Channel.

Rating: 7 out of 10 raided villages

Preacher

There is nothing about this show that is even remotely like Game of Thrones.

But you have a preacher, his lady, and a vampire on the road looking for God. How can you say no to that?

Preacher is in its second season on AMC.

Rating: 9 out of 10 Hallelujahs to the face!

We are in a time where finding something of quality to watch is harder than ever. And while nothing can compare to GOT, it’s good to know there are plenty of options that are out there that will keep you enraged, enlightened, and most of all, engaged.

Happy viewing!

There’s something ominous coming over the horizon. Something that’s going to threaten the lives of all who live in Hawkins, Indiana.Something that seems to be haunting Will Byer, the only other survivor of the “Upside Down.”Stranger Things makes its return this October, and based off the trailers, it looks as though the threat is much larger for the small town.

Stranger Things makes its return this October 29, and based off the trailers, it looks as though the threat is much larger for the small town.

Set during Halloween in 1984, the second season deals with the aftermath of the events of the first season. The four boys are now back together, trying to make things appear as if they are back to normal.

But Will is still traumatized by the events, and based on the trailer, may still be haunted by the “Upside down.”

Add to that a new threat that seems to be of even greater stature than the Demogorgon, and you have a series that is about to up the ante.

According to Producer Shawn Levy, the show will be about the “Determined desire to return to normalcy in Hawkins.” How successful that will be is anyone’s guess. We will also see the return of Eleven, after her disappearance at the climax of Season one. “It’s a big Climax for Eleven,” said Millie Bobby Brown of the character, “and we’ll learn a lot from her.”

Returning to the show is also Winona Ryder, who in the second season will be dating an old high school friend to cover her feelings, as well as David Habour, who as Detective Hopper, will begin to crack under the pressure of keeping season one’s events quiet. Not many people know that there was a monster running loose, and he’s also doing all he can to protect Joyce and Will.

There are also new cast members coming in to lend their support to an already stellar cast. Sean Astin, of Goonies and Lord of the Rings fame, plays Bob, a former schoolmate of Joyce’s who starts a relationship with her and finds himself at odds with Hopper. And Sadie Sink plays Max, a young lady with a complicated past and a stepbrother with violent tendencies. It looks like she will join the team of Mike, Will, Dustin, and Lucas as they face off with what’s to come (in Ghostbusters costumes, no less).

It’s shaping up to be a fantastic season, and with 80’s nostalgia still going strong, there are high hopes that the second season will be a hit. Hopefully, we will get some questions answered in this second season. Will Nancy finally see Steve as the jerk he is and fall for Jonathan? Will the boys be able to take out this threat that seems so much bigger? And what will we learn about Eleven? How was she able to survive the battle with the Demogorgon?

And if she survived, did the Demogorgon survive as well? October 27th can’t get here fast enough. If you haven’t seen Stranger Things season 1 yet, there’s plenty of time to have binge and be ready for the new season.

In case you have been hiding under your bed, there’s a certain red-haired clown who has made his (IT’s?) way onto the big screen. With his seductive grin and red balloons aplenty, he has returned to terrorize young children and lure them into his vicious world “Where we all float down here!”

And no, I’m not Talking about Ronald McDonald. Though I do believe he and IT share the same body count.

Given that he’s (IT’s?) the most popular member of the scary clown club, I thought I would share a few of the scariest clowns in TV or cinema that make my heart jump just thinking about them and what they can do. Warning, these clowns might keep you up all night. These names are a big reason why.

Pennywise

I had entertained the thought of not including Pennywise on the list. But it’s hard to title your article “5 scariest clowns” and not include him (IT?) on the list.

IT’s not just the glowing yellow eyes, the sharp teeth, the forehead that seems to go for miles. It’s the bullying. The mocking. He knows your deepest darkest secrets, and he will expose them to you, and when you are vulnerable, he will strike. He’s the kid in class who knows how to take you down with his words as well as his fist. He’s the reason you think about taking that bottle of pills rather than face the world. He’s the ultimate monster. And he wears White Greasepaint.

That scary ass clown toy from Poltergeist

First it sits there, with its permanent grin, looking at you with its gangly legs and feet.Then it’s gone.

Where did it go?

You check under the bed, and it’s not there.

But why would it be? IT’S RIGHT BEHIND YOU!!!!

I’m sure sales of Clown related memorabilia plummeted after the release of POLTERGEIST.

And with Good Reason.

The Joker from The Dark Night

I’m specifically talking about Heath Ledger’s performance as the Joker. Jack Nicolson made the character seem fun, and the less we talk about Jared Leto the better.

But Heath’s Joker, that guy was unstable. Being in a room with him, you never knew what was going to happen. And that makeup, haphazardly slapped on his face, and those scars? He has a story (or two) about those scars.

The Joker’s always had a laugh at the expense of others, and Heath Ledger brought that madness to the forefront. His performance deserved the Oscar win, and it’s been hard to top since then.

Yes, Jared, I’m looking at you.

Clown, from the film Clown

After a mistake with a birthday clown booking, Kent McCoy finds an old Clown Costume and puts it on, saving the day and earning the love of his son.

But that costume is really the skin of a demon, and slowly, Kent transforms into a monster who lures people into his clutches by pretending to be this sweet, funny clown.

Sound familiar?

The transformation is grotesque and the thrills real. This CLOWN is every bit as frightening as Pennywise, and even more so because he possesses an innocent man in the process.

Twisty the Clown from American Horror Story: Freak Show

Twisty was a gentle but slow-witted clown who only wanted to entertain. But jealousy and rumors destroy his career, and at a depressed state, he attempts suicide by eating a shotgun.

The attempt fails and he’s left with a mutilated face and a new lease on life.

He becomes a killer.

With his mask of a grinning face, and his dirty, disheveled costume, Twisty terrorizes the town, kidnapping children and murdering their mean parents. His grinning mask, with its gray teeth and dark lips, only amp up the nightmare.

Thankfully, these clowns only terrorize us on film and television. You won’t find these clowns at the circus, or at your next birthday party. They aren’t real. It’s only make believe.

Keep telling yourself that if it makes you feel better.