A Viking and farmer set out to explore and pillage the distant shores across the ocean is the basis of this show.
Available on networks: History Channel
Runtime: 45 mins
Show Status: Continuing
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Katheryn Winnick - Lagertha Lothbrok
Clive Standen - Rollo
Jessalyn Gilsig - Siggy Haraldson
Gustaf Skarsg¥rd - Floki
Nathan OToole - Bjorn Lothbrok
George Blagden - Athelstan
Ruby OLeary - Gyda
Tadhg Murphy - Arne
Jefferson Hall - Torstein
Gabriel Byrne - Earl Haraldson
David Pearse - Svein
Diarmaid Murtagh - Leif
Elinor Crawley - Thyri
John Kavanagh - The Seer
Vladimir Kulich - Eric
Maude Hirst - Helga
Eric Higgins - Knut
Ivan Kaye - King Aelle
Peter Gaynor - Lord Edgar
Jouko Ahola - Kauko
Donal Logue - King Horik
Trevor Cooper - Earl Bjarni
Eddie Elks - Olafur
Angus MacInnes - Tostig
Will Irvine - Brother Cenwulf
Sam Doyle - Saxon 1
Carrie Crowley - Ellisef
Sam Smith - Edwin
Jonathon Kemp - Wigea
Thorbj¸rn Harr - Jarl Borg
Aaron Lee Reed - Viking
Vikings is directed by Michael Hirst, the creator and director of shows like Camelot The Tudors, The Borgias, and it is produced by the History Channel. The series follows the adventures of Ragnar Lodbrok, one of the most famous Scandinavian heroes. Ragnar is famous for his bloody raids on the coasts of France and England. He is a born leader who, for a short period of time, gets to be the King of all Viking tribes.
There were some voices that say that the series does not portray the historical truth exactly, but to be honest, it's a drama and doesn’t claim otherwise. If it would describe the historical truth in detail, then it would be more of a documentary than an adventure series. So, of course a number of adjustments were made in order to create a viable commercial product, but many aspects reproduce the atmosphere of the ninth century. The main character and his wife are very nice, and the captain, played by Gabriel Byrne is a relentless, cruel Viking, just like the Vikings usually were.
The action is truly exciting. The characters, even the least historically significant ones, are well organized and are able to develop in an interesting way; we'll see how and if they are also properly sketched in the following episodes. Do not expect the blood bath of Rome and Spartacus or even the soft core from those series, because History has a different demographic target than HBO and Starz.
I invite you to watch the Viking series; it's interesting and light, just right for a boring evening. Action fans and history buffs will also find this one entertaining.
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