It's going to be a long wait for the eighth and final season of Game Of Thrones, with most sources stating that it won't air until late 2018 or early 2019. What's a die-hard Thrones fan to do? Some fans are planning to re-watch the series from the beginning, one episode per week, with just enough episodes to get them close to Season Eight's expected premiere. Others are reading or re-reading the novels on which the series is based. For those not so inclined to read, another option is to seek out other films or series in which our favourite Game Of Thrones stars appear. To help anyone who chooses this endeavour, I have compiled a list of such films below.
Pompeii stars #KitHarington as Milo, a slave/Gladiator brought to Pompeii days before the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. His goal is to kill the corrupt Senator Corvus and avenge the death of his Mother. Unfortunately his Gladiator duties, a forbidden romance with a Noble girl, and the impending eruption of Mount Vesuvius complicates matters.
Pompeii is very much a popcorn flick. If you don't go in expecting too much substance, there's enough action to keep most audiences entertained, and the plentiful shots of Kit's abs should keep the ladies happy.
2. 'How To Train Your Dragon 2'
In How To Train Your Dragon 2, the second film in the planned #HowToTrainYourDragon trilogy, Hiccup and Toothless find themselves dealing with a powerful new threat in the form of Drago Bludvist. Kit Harington lends his voice to the character of Eret, Son of Eret, a dragon trapper employed by Drago.
It's nice to hear Kit obviously having some fun with Eret's voice. As an added bonus, fans with little ones can share this film with them, while also getting a mini Thrones fix.
3. '7 Days In Hell'
7 Days In Hell is a mockumentary starring Kit Harington as Tennis prodigy Charles Poole, alongside Andy Samberg as his rival, Aaron Williams. Narrated by various celebrities, the film explores the events leading up to, and during, a Tennis match between Poole and Williams that ended up lasting seven days.
This one is good for a laugh. Released shortly after Jon Snow's 'death' in Season Six of Game Of Thrones, many fans clung to the fact that Harington hadn't cut his hair for the role of Charles Poole as hope that Jon may survive.
In this upcoming miniseries dramatising the 1605 'Gunpowder Plot' (a failed assassination attempt on King James I), Kit Harington plays his own maternal ancestor, Robert Catesby. The Gunpowder plot led to the celebration of Guy Fawkes Day.
Harington helped develop Gunpowder, and also works as an executive producer on the series.
5. 'Terminator Genisys'
#EmiliaClarke gets to make a mark on #SciFi history, becoming the third actress to play heroine Sarah Connor in Terminator Genisys, a soft reboot of the franchise. A twisted time travel plot has Sarah teaming up with her reprogrammed Terminator guardian, Pops, and soldier Kyle Reese to fix the timeline after her yet-to-be born son, supposed saviour John Connor, is corrupted by Skynet.
Interestingly, Emilia is not the first Game of Thrones star to play Sarah Connor. Her co-star Lena Headey played the role from 2008-2009 in the short-lived TV series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.
6. 'Me Before You'
Romantic comedy/drama Me Before You has Emilia Clarke starring as Louisa Clark, a down on her luck young woman still living with her parents and struggling to find a new job. She eventually wins a position as a carer/companion for Will Traynor, a formerly active young man left paralyzed and depressed after a freak accident. While Louisa's constantly upbeat nature annoys will at first, the pair eventually begin to bond.
The film also features Charles Dance (Tywin Lannister), in a supporting role as Will's Father.
7. 'Han Solo' Prequel
This upcoming #StarWars anthology film chronicling the early adventures of Han Solo will star Alden Ehrenreich as the young Han, and Donald Glover as a young Lando Calrissian. Emilia Clarke is set to appear as the film's female lead.
Currently slated for release in may 2018, this should be out long before Game Of Thrones returns.
8. 'Death At A Funeral'
All Daniel wants is to give his Father a dignified send-off. This becomes difficult when an unexpected guest, Peter -played by #PeterDinklage- appears, revealing sordid details to Daniel of his father's secret life. From that point onward, the day collapses into hilarious chaos.
Death At A Funeral is packed with laughs from start to finish. Dinklage plays the role of the troublesome Peter in both the original British film and its American remake.
A remake of the classic Lassie Come Home, 2005's Lassie tells the well-known story of Lassie's extraordinary cross-country trek to return to his beloved owner, Joe. Lassie spends a significant portion of the film in the company of travelling performer Rowlie, played by Peter Dinklage, and his dancing dog, Toots.
Dog-lovers will need their tissues handy.
10. 'Avengers: Infinity War'
11. 'X-Men: Apocalypse'
Another soft reboot, X-Men: Apocalypse brings together younger versions of the classic characters we got to know in the original X-Men trilogy and has them do battle with ancient evil Apocalypse and his four chosen Horsemen. Sophie Turner plays the teenage incarnation of Jean Grey.
Turner will reprise her role as Jean Grey/Dark Phoenix in the upcoming X-Men: Dark Phoenix, the second adaptation of the comics' classic Dark Phoenix Saga.
12. 'Doctor Who', Series 9
The ninth season of the #DoctorWho revival features our very own Arya Stark in a four-episode guest stint. Starting out as an average yet clever Viking girl named Ashildr, intervention from The Doctor leaves her functionally immortal. Centuries of solitude and constant heartbreak morph Ashildr from that average girl into Lady Me, her immortality leaving her increasingly out of touch with the short-lived beings around her.
Williams' performance as Ashildr/Me was so popular that a novel, Legends Of Ashildr, was released, chronicling her character's adventures in between the first two episodes in which she appears.
13. 'Gods Of Egypt'
Gods Of Egypt stars Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Horus, the Egyptian God of Air. After the murder of his Father, Osiris, Horus teams with a pair of young lovers to defeat Set, the God of Death, and reclaim his Father's stolen throne.
The film received backlash at the time of its release for the lack of ethnic diversity in its cast.
14. 'King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword'
In the latest retelling of the Arthurian Legend, #GameOfThrones baddies Aiden Gillen (Littlefinger) and Michael McElhatton (Roose Bolton) both appear in supporting roles. This time, however, they are fighting on the side of the good guys.
King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword was cobbled together from multiple unused scripts after the dumping of an idea that would have seen solo films for the major Arthurian players leading into an eventual #Avengers-style team up.
The above films and series are just a small sample of what our beloved Game Of Thrones cast has to offer. Dig a little deeper, and you may find even more cinematic gold.