Rome and Spartacus - precursors to Game of Thrones
Have been missing my annual Thrones fix. Rome and Spartacus are two shows that I miss. They both share the same DNA as GoT (blood, violence, religion, political intrigue, gratuitous nudity, orgies, swords, LGBTQ chars, dong shots) and are precursors to Thrones. While they are not films, they have the same look/budget/gravitas.
1. Rome: couldn’t find any commissioned podcasts on it. Damn fine HBO show that ended too early. It shares some of the same cast as GoT (Hinds, Varma, Menzies). Watching the pilot and E2 now, there are several scenes that are echoed in Thrones.
2. Spartacus (hear me out): This might be a slog for some. The pilot is odd and low budget. It’s a slow build and some of the best stuff is toward the end of S1. The prequel season is excellent and so are the latter seasons with Liam McIntyre's replacement of Andy Whitfield.
While I like “high fantasy” and Thrones, these shows harken back to early GoT. They bring the gritty realism of the pre-modern age. I feel like they never quite got their due in the mainstream.
Any fans of either show out there??