The HISTORY® original series Vikings transports us to the brutal and mysterious world of Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel), a Viking warrior and farmer who yearns to explore—and raid—the distant shores across the ocean. His ambition puts him at odds with local chieftain Earl Haraldson (Gabriel Byrne), who insists on sending his raiders to the impoverished east rather than the uncharted west. When Ragnar teams up with his boat builder friend Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard) to craft a new generation of intrepid ships capable of conquering the rough northern seas, the stage is set for conflict.
But for all its warfare and bloodshed, Vikings is also a story of family and brotherhood, capturing the love and affection between Ragnar and his wife, Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick), a respected warrior in her own right. It is the tale of Ragnar’s brother Rollo (Clive Standen), a fierce fighter who simmers with jealously; of Earl Haraldson’s wife Siggy (Jessalyn Gilsig), a dutiful beauty who may be less than loyal; and of the monk Athelstan (George Blagden), whose Christian morals clash with the Vikings’ pagan society. As ambition and innovation rattle a civilization, these characters will be put to the test—and their way of life will never be the same again.
Vikings was created and written by Michael Hirst (Elizabeth, The Tudors).
The adventures of Ragnar Lothbrok: the greatest hero of his age. The series tells the saga of Ragnar’s band of Viking brothers and his family as he rises to become King of the Viking tribes. As well as being a fearless warrior, Ragnar embodies the Norse traditions of devotion to the gods: legend has it that he was a direct descendant of Odin, the god of war and warriors.
Audience Score 92%
Metascore user 7.9/10
Critics Consensus: Vikings makes up for its slow pace with captivating characters and visual appeal.
Just wow.. Vikings is one of the best shows I ever watched. After seeing the promo on History Channel I thought its some documentary and decided to skip it. A few weeks later I was zapping channels and got a glimp of the show. It was so freaking cool. I caught up with season 2 and watched the rest of the series as they came available on TV. The reason I didn’t post this one earlier is because my beamer is broken and I wanted to watch S04.5 on it.
Season 1 was perhaps an unexpected success for History, the following seasons received more budget and the battles got bigger. You can read on the interwebs that season 1 is low-budget and that kind of thing but I don’t remember it being simple, the seasons after that just got bigger. The episodes around Paris are truly my favorites.
The show has a nice pace, I am loving the story, loving the cast.
I normally can’t binge-watch like a true champ, but a Friday 7 episodes and Saturday the remaining 3 could be my record.
First episode was released on 3 March 2013.
The first season (S01) contains 9 episodes, S02 10 episodes, S03 10 episodes, S04 is kind of split in two parts. The first part of S04 was released in early 2016 and contains 10 episodes. The second part of S04 was released at the end of 2016 and also contains 10 episodes.
44 – 55 minutes per episode. Most episodes are 45 minutes long.
18 wins and 69 nominations
Way to many to list here 😉