The draw of a television series can be the action that accompanies the storyline. Battles that are larger than life, duels between two people that can make or break their reputation, and even supernatural fights where it seems like there can only be a tie.
While Game of Thrones set a precedent for the expectation of battle sequences (see “The Battle of the Bastards,” “The Long Night,” and “Hardhome” for classic examples), many other series have taken the techniques from Game of Thrones and have made them their own, drawing viewers in and making fans desperate for mixing in more action to the storylines and episodes.
8 Outlander Is A History Lover’s Dream
Besides being an awesome show about a time traveling romance, Outlander has some of the best historical battles on television. Beginning with the Jacobite Rebellion in Scotland in the 1740s to battles during the Revolutionary War in America in the 1770s, Outlander brings the action.
The battle in Season 2 Episode 10, “Prestonpans,” was thrilling and intense as Scottish rebels snuck up on the English during a thick fog. Never shying away from the history, this show uses weapons and tactics that would have been used during the time. Outlander spans decades of history over the course of their current six seasons. Season 7 is currently in production and promises more revolutinary fights.
7 Peaky Blinders Take Gang Wars To The Next Level
Don’t mess with the Peaky Blinders. Between smuggling weapons, holding illegal bets, going up against every single gang in England, and coming out on top nearly every single time, The Peaky Blinders, with their fearless leader, Thomas Shelby, never bluff and always mean business.
From the first season, Thomas Shelby and his brothers went after ruthless leaders like Billy Kimber to gain more power, and they’re not afraid to do it again. Set in the early 20th century, the battles may not have the grand scale of Game of Thrones, but they are every bit as ruthless and cutthroat.
6 Arrow Makes Jon Snow Look Tame
The citizens and the villains of Star City know that if they ever see a green arrow whiz by their head and hear the deep booming voice say “You have failed this city,” they should run and not stop running until they’re on another continent.
Set against the urban landscape of Star City, Oliver Queen, aka The Green Arrow, goes after his opponents with unyielding determination. With his team by his side, the heroes of Arrow go head-to-head with some of the best villains in superhero history, engaging in battles that have viewers on the edge of their seats and holding their breaths.
5 The Flash Fights Faster Than The Speed Of Light
After Barry Allen was struck by lightning when the S.T.A.R. Labs particle accelerator exploded, he became a metahuman with the ability to go faster than the speed of light. However, he wasn’t the only one with new powers.
Using his abilities for good, The Flash goes against other metahumans who are determined to use their powers for selfish reasons. With so many amazing abilities in a variety of characters, fans are on the edge of their seat as they watch and wonder how Team Flash can defeat the villains and discover more about Barry’s powers during battle sequences that viewers won’t want to blink during in fear of missing out.
4 The Witcher Tackles Nightmarish Creatures
As a Witcher, Geralt of Rivia is tasked with hunting down monsters that are made of nightmares. However, while dark creatures fear him, so do many others who have built up prejudices against Geralt and others like him.
Taking on not only monsters, but anyone foolish enough to try and challenge him, Geralt is a master swordsman and a born fighter. Just take a look at the sword fight in the first episode of the first season of The Witcher; Geralt went against half a dozen men at the same time and managed to live to see another day.
3 Stranger Things Turns Things Upside Down
Another show that is filled with unspeakable monsters is the Netflix hit Stranger Things. While the show revolves around a group of teens, these kids are true fighters and use their wits and knowledge of Dungeons and Dragons to battle the demons that have infiltrated their town.
Of course, they have Eleven on their side. With her supernatural abilities, Eleven fights back the monsters with her mind. Fans have been anxiously awaiting the fourth season, which will be released in two parts, the first part coming on May 27 and the second part on July 1. Audiences await bigger and better battles than ever in the upcoming season.
2 Vikings Delivers History And Action
Historically, Vikings were some of the most ruthless fighters the world has ever known, and this series from the History Channel is not afraid to show it. From fighting battles against their enemies to fighting battles against each other, Vikings is full of great fights.
From bloody duels to full-out battles between land and sea, the six seasons of Vikings had viewers on the edge of their seats and hungry for all the action. Fans of the beloved show are also getting their battle-fix with its spin-off show, Vikings: Valhalla. Both shows have storylines filled with epic battles that will make any action fan more than happy.
1 The Last Kingdom Makes Choosing Sides Hard
A culmination of Game of Thrones, Outlander, and Vikings, with incredible battles, political plots, and relationships that make you yearn for more, The Last Kingdom delivers with each episode.
Set in England in 866 AD, history fans can relish the attention to detail in the wars of the Vikings versus the Saxons. The scale of these battles is incredible, and the action in this series is non-stop. The complete series is available on Netflix, and there is a feature-length sequel in the works on Netflix as well. Action fans can find a great show that will last them a while in The Last Kingdom.
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