On the heels of The Walking Dead season 6 finale, we've been left with a giant hole in our hearts.
Without The Walking Dead to constantly think about and watch, what do we do with our time until season 7? Luckily, there are plenty of amazing shows with a similar vibe or premise as The Walking Dead available to binge and fall in love with.
From The Walking Dead's companion series on AMC, to a brand new horror show by Robert Kirkman, here are 13 TV shows to watch that should help ease your hiatus pain.
Game of Thrones
There's only one show currently airing on TV that compares to the quality and epic-ness of The Walking Dead, and that's Game of Thrones. Walking Dead lovers will surely enjoy Game of Thrones, mainly because only 1% of the world isn't a fan of it. If you've been living under a rock and haven't watched Thrones, crawl out into the light and cue up HBO Go now. Season 2 starts on April 24th.
Fear the Walking Dead
From the same creators of The Walking Dead, AMC's Fear is an obvious choice for many fans of the show. Existing in the same world as The Walking Dead, Fear gives viewers a look at the beginning of the zombie outbreak and focuses on a family as they navigate the apocalypse in Los Angeles. You'll get the same style zombies, horror film vibes, and a totally different tone than what you're used to seeing on the original show.
Daredevil is one of the best shows to come out in years, and it's one of the most impressive Marvel adaptations ever. If you haven't seen season 1, prepare to fall in love with Matt Murdock. If you haven't seen season 2 (now out on Netflix!), prepare to fall in love with the Punisher. If you enjoy dark, gritty superhero dramas with some seriously kickass fight scenes, Daredevil has to be on your watch list.
Hunters is one of Syfy's newest dramas. One of the executive producers from The Walking Dead, Gale Anne Hurd, also serves as an EP on this show. The premiere episode aired on April 11th, so Hunters is a good one to start watching from the very beginning. If you're cool with horror and aliens, give this one a try.
Another brilliant Marvel adaptation that found a home on Netflix, Jessica Jones is equal to (or maybe even better than) the awesomeness that is Daredevil. Krysten Ritter as the strong, fiery, and damaged Jessica Jones is impossible not to fall in love with. Plus, David Tennant as Kilgrave is one of the best onscreen villains in the last decade. No word yet on when season 2 will start production.
iZombie has a completely different vibe than The Walking Dead. It's light, humorous, and is more of a procedural style show ... but it has zombies and it's indisputably good. iZombie (in its second season on The CW), follows a zombie named Liv Moore (Rose McIver). She's a fully-functioning, seemingly normal person, but she eats brains and uses her zomb-ilities to help solve criminal cases. Side note: iZombie is adapted from a comic book as well! You can watch the first season on Netflix now!
Another zombie series, Syfy's Z Nation should not be compared to The Walking Dead. Yes, it also centers around a zombie apocalypse, but it's lighter in tone, has fun in a very self-aware way, and is quite campy. The show follows a group of people trying to cross the country three years after the zombie apocalypse began. Season 3 should be airing on Syfy this September, so you have time to catch up with the first two season on Netflix.
American Horror Story
If the shock and horror is what you're going to miss most during The Walking Dead hiatus, then start bingeing American Horror Story. Each season focuses on a new story in a new setting, and you can stream the seasons on Netflix and Hulu. Just a word of advice, you may want to watch it with the lights on. The sixth season returns to FX in September but you can watch previous seasons on Netflix.
I'm throwing this show out there because if you need an amazing series to binge with a dark vibe and killer character development, it should be Breaking Bad. If you have somehow never seen it, spend The Walking Dead hiatus watching one of the best shows ever. You can thank me later. The entire series is on Netflix and Amazon.
Here's a new one for you! Coming to Cinemax on June 3rd, this horror series is an adaptation of Robert Kirkman's most recent comic series (also titled Outcast). The trailer for it look pretty terrifying and focuses on demonic possessions. If it's any testiment to the promise the show holds, it's already been renewed for a second season. Let's be honest, we'll watch anything that Kirkman puts out.
This is more in the vampire realm, but it's totally worth a watch. FX's The Strain has a stellar cast (Corey Stoll, Kevin Durand, David Bradley) and will absolutely give you your horror and gore fix. You won't find any sparkling vamps here! The vampires, or strigoi as they're called, in the show are downright disgusting. Season 3 will be returning some time this summer.
Yet another new sci-fi show to get pumped up about, Preacher will be premiering on AMC May 22nd. Based on the comics by the same name, the show follows a small town Texas preacher with unconventional powers. I won't go into further detail so as not to spoil, but something tells me we all need to be watching this one. It's going to be dark and amazing.
Ash vs. Evil Dead
Two words: Bruce Campbell. Campbell reprises his role as Ash from the 1981 cult film in this STARZ reboot. Ash is a very ... interesting, entertaining, and eccentric TV character. The comedy horror series has received rave reviews from both critics and audiences, so that should tell you something! Season 2 returns in the fall. You can watch season 1 with your STARZ subscription or on Amazon!