Over the last few weeks, there’s been quite the buzz around the latest scripted drama based on the violent world of the Norsemen who pillaged, traded and explored the seas with the prime focus on historical figure Ragnar Lothbrok as he balances his family and Viking crew in order to become king of Denmark and (what is now) a large part of Sweden.
Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) and Earl Haraldson (Gabriel Byrne)
Longing to explore the open ocean and find other civilizations, he and friend Floki construct a fleet of faster, sleeker ships to sail the open seas while dealing with adversaries like current ruler Earl Haraldson; who is suspicious of Ragnar’s ambitions and goes toe to toe with him nearly every step of the way.
Set of Vikings
With the March 3rd premiere date inching closer and closer, History Channel has offered a wee smackerel in the form of the show’s opening sequence.
The standout cast includes Australian actor Travis Fimmel (The Beast) as Ragnar; Clive Standen (Robin Hood) as Ragnar’s brother, Rollo; Katheryn Winnick (Bones) as Ragnar’s first wife and shield maiden, Lagertha; Gabriel Byrne (The Usual Suspects, Miller’s Crossing) as current ruler of the country and Ragnar’s adversary, Earl Haraldson; and Gustaf Skarsgard (brother of True Blood star Alexander) as Ragnar’s trickster friend, master boat-builder (and based on the biggest trickster god of all, Loki), Floki.
Ragnar (Fimmel) prepping for battle
Gustaf Skarsgard as trickster and master ship-builder, Floki
Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) puts on her “battle face”.
Vikings is the first series from MGM TV since their bounce back from bankruptcy and was ordered last year and was always intended to go straight to a series run. Writer Michael Hirst (Elizabeth, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, The Tudors) will serve as showrunner and with his historical knowledge, hopes are high for the nine-episode season and after the success of History Channel’s last series embark based on the most famous family rivalry in U.S. history (Hatfields and McCoys), hopes are high that their loyal viewers will dig it as well as garner some new ones who may have never thought of history as something enjoyable.
Vikings premieres March 3, 2013 only on the History Channel and as it’s three weeks before season 3 of HBO’s Game Of Thrones, you can get your Dark Ages fix on!
Burn, baby, burn.
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