It’s the end of an era. With its eighth and final season set to air in 2019, Game of Thrones, the hit HBO show based on George R.R. Martin’s R-rated fantasy ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ novels will be coming to an end. The season will feature just six episodes and finally reveal what happens to Cersei, Daenerys, Jon Snow, and the rest. Fans have been waiting a long time to see how this show is going to conclude, and given what we’ve seen in the past, a happy ending isn’t very likely. Expect death, destruction, and a whole lot of dragons.
The Umbrella Academy is an upcoming Netflix show based on a comic book of the same name, created by emo heartthrob and My Chemical Romance frontman, Gerard Way. The show will follow a family of strange superheroes with twisted names and unusual powers like ‘The White Violin,’ ‘The Rumor,’ ‘Spaceboy,’ and ‘The Horror.’ The likes of Ellen Page and Tom Hopper are on the cast list and the show, which should air in February, is going to appeal to people looking for something a little dark, a little creepy, and a little different.
Peaky Blinders, the award-winning British crime drama set in post-World War I Birmingham, is set to come back bigger and better than ever before with its fifth season in 2019. Fans have had to go through the entirety of 2018 without seeing a single glimpse of Tommy Shelby (Cillian Murphy) and the rest of his gang. Last time we saw the Blinders, they were facing off against members of the mafia and Tommy took his first steps into politics, so it’ll be interesting to see where the show, produced by the BBC and available on Netflix, goes from here.
When Uma Thurman signs onto any project, people pay attention. The famous Hollywood A-lister has starred in the likes of Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill over the years, and in 2019, she’ll be appearing in a Netflix show called Chambers. Created by Leah Rachel, the show will focus on Thuman’s character, Nancy, who survives a heart attack and has a heart transplant. As time goes by, she learns more about the heart donor, uncovering a creepy, supernatural mystery that threatens to turn her world upside down. It sounds like an exciting premise and Thurman is always beautiful to watch.
Stranger Things, the amazing Netflix show that brings back all the charm and cultural references of Stephen King stories and 80s classics like E.T., is coming back for a third season in 2019. The show has been very well-received by both critics and audiences so far, making stars of its young cast members like Millie Bobby Brown, Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, and Noah Schnapp. Few details have been released about the third season, but we can expect to enjoy the same cool 80s style, hilarious dialogue, and mysterious sci-fi storytelling that have made Stranger Things so popular.
Another exciting new Netflix show you won’t want to miss if you’re a vampire fan, V-Wars will star Ian Somerhalder, who has made the vampire genre his own through his starring role in The Vampire Diaries. This time, the setting is a little different; V-Wars will take place in a world that has been affected by climate change, causing a new virus to be released all around the world, infecting people and turning them into vampires. Rather than playing a vampire again, Somerhalder will be a doctor trying to cure the virus, adding a new twist to a classic kind of post-apocalyptic story.
The first season of True Detective was a smash hit, while the second was generally regarded as slightly disappointing and underwhelming. The producers of the HBO show later admitted that they’d rushed through the creation of the second season, but have taken their time with the third, which is set to air in early 2019. This show, which will now star Mahershala Ali and Stephen Dorff as the two lead detectives, will be directed by Nic Pizzolatto, who created True Detective but hasn’t directed any of it until now, and was filmed in Arkansas where Pizzolatto spent a lot of time as a student.
If you love the likes of Downton Abbey but would like to see that same historical accuracy and rich drama in an American setting, say hello to The Gilded Age. Set in an essential period of US history in the late 19th century, this show is being created and written by Julian Fellowes, the award-winning novelist, and screenwriter responsible for Gosford Park and Downton Abbey. Few details have been announced on the show so far, but we know it will follow a newly-rich family attempting to integrate high society.
Mindhunter was a surprise hit of 2017. The Netflix show, starring Jonathan Groff, Anna Torv, and Holt McCallany, follows the early years of criminal profiling at the FBI and the idea of looking into the psychology of killers to stop them and prevent future crimes. The show is entirely based on real-life people and cases, making it even more interesting, and features some stunning acting and harrowing scenes. The second season will air in 2019 and is going to focus on the Atlanta Child Murders, which involved the murders of 28 children and took place from 1979 to 1981.
Back in 2009, Zack Snyder directed a movie version of Alan Moore’s cult graphical novel: Watchmen. The film didn’t do too well, but ten years later, the story is coming back, this time on the small screen. Watchmen offers a dark, noir twist on the typical superhero stories we’re used to, taking place in an alternate, Cold War world where superheroes are regarded as criminals. The show is set to feature an all-star cast, with the likes of Jeremy Irons, Regina King, Adelaide Clemens, Don Johnson, and Tim Blake Nelson already announced. Not only that but Damon Lindelof, one of the creators of Lost, is helming the project.