Missing 'Game Of Thrones'? Netflix's 'Altered Carbon' Is The Perfect Cyberpunk Distraction

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Consider Game of Thrones isn't returning until 2019, we've been pretty pressed to find a suitable replacement — Erm, scratch that — distraction, that's the perfect combination of fantasy, action, drama, and humor. With that, we present to you the Netflix original series, Altered Carbon. Described as a "cyberpunk Game of Thrones, Altered Carbon's link to GoT goes beyond just plot. Miguel Sapochnik, director of "The Battle of the Bastards", "Winds of Winter", "Hardhome" directed the first episode of AC, "Out of the Past".

Considering those are some of the absolute best episodes GoT has ever seen, we're sold! Take a look the official Netflix trailer below for further convincing.

Based on the novel by Richard K. Morgan, Altered Carbon takes place over 300 years in the future, where it seems they've discovered a way for human consciousness to be digitized and downloaded into different bodies (sounds very Black Mirror). After 250 years, ex-Envoy soldier Takeshi Kovacs (Joel Kinnaman / Will Yun Lee) is brought back to life by the richest man on Earth, Laurens Bancroft (James Purefoy). Takeshi is given the chance to live once again, only if he solves Bancroft's attempted murder.

The AV Club wrote, "It doesn’t hold up to close inspection, but all the flash makes for a fun and engaging spectacle, a TV show with blockbuster-level quality not unlike Game Of Thrones in its ability to create eye-popping excitement." The San Francisco Chronicle chimed in with, "Think of "Altered Carbon" as a cyberpunk Game of Thrones, except that winter is already here, three centuries into the future."

We don't know about you guys, but we'll be binge-watching Altered Carbon this weekend, for sure! The best part? It's already streaming on Netflix boasting 10 episodes ranging from 50-60 minutes long. Perfect! 30 minute shows are just the worst. By "the worst", we mean that we finish them in a day and revert back to being bored and without quality television, sigh.

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