This new Netflix show could be the next Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones Season 8 -- photo: Helen Sloane/HBO -- Acquired via HBO Media Relations
Game of Thrones Season 8 -- photo: Helen Sloane/HBO -- Acquired via HBO Media Relations /

Age of Samurai: Battle for Japan, a new TV show coming to Netflix, is being hyped as the next Game of Thrones and tells the story of the war for control of Japan 400 years ago.

There’s a new Game of Thrones-esque TV series in the works at Netflix!

Last week, Netflix ordered a new series, Age of Samurai: Battle for Japan, according to a report from Deadline. The series follows the stories of the “warring kingdoms” of Japan four centuries ago.

Deadline is reporting the series tells the story Date Masamune, one of the most well-known of the samurai from this time period, who joins forces with several Japanese kingdoms to take over Japan.

I don’t know much about Masamune and his story, but he sounds like a great villain for a TV show. According to the report, Masamune is known as “The One-Eyed Dragon.” He has one eye because he pulled his other eye out when he was a kid! It also sounds like he did a lot of awful things.

Unlike Game of Thrones, this series is based on real history. We don’t know how “real” the show will be or if they will include some fantasy elements, as well. We’ll find out soon. There’s a lot of history here for the creators to draw on, and I don’t know how many people in the United States and the rest of the world know this story.

Deadline is also reporting this series is a co-production of Netflix and Smithsonian Canada.

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We don’t know who will lead this series. The Deadline report did not include the cast, which is going to be super important. If the cast doesn’t work or they make some casting mistakes, it could tank this series. That was one thing Game of Thrones nailed at almost every turn. The cast was almost as beloved as the full series by the time it came to an end.

We’ll let you know more about who will star in this series when we find out.

This is a great move by Netflix. Every cable network is trying to find the next Game of Thrones, and the streaming network has a huge audience to put a show like this in front of. There’s going to be a rush to market on fantasy content with a lot of political intrigue, and this show could have the ability to capture a large chunk of that audience for the streaming service.

I’m all-in on this series. I’m also a little scared it could be like Marco Polo, Netflix’s first try to make the next Game of Thrones, but that show never really got off the ground and was super expensive. Netflix is a lot smarter now, and I think they can pull this off and create something awesome.

Age of Samurai: Battle for Japan will be released sometime later this year, according to the report. Stay tuned for more news about this series and its release date.

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