When I was a child, the Vikings fascinated me. Generally they’re portrayed as marauding savages, but I liked the real information, not the stereotypes.
I love history. I always felt a lot of the world’s ongoing issues would be solved if people paid more attention to history. After all, everything that is happening now has happened before, more or less.
I was surprised and pleased to hear that Vikings had been renewed. I loved it, but that certainly never guarantees anything.
This is an epic, fierce, lusty, and fresh TV series filled with fascinating characters, vicious battles, charming scenes of domesticity, and more than a few nudge, nudge, wink, wink moments.
It suffers from playing with history, I imagine to make it more exciting and watchable. So if you want real history, read some books.
It can be a little rambling (and I would know) and the directing could be more persuasive, but the History Channel is finally getting it – history is cool. Why make up stories when there are millions of them lying around, waiting to be told?
Vikings centers around a stunningly handsome Viking farmer/warrior, Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel), who dreams of raiding to the West instead of the East. With the support of his stunningly beautiful wife, the shieldmaiden, Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) and his stunningly handsome brother, Rollo (Clive Standen) he finds others who are willing to defy the powers that be to become the infamous bane of many countries. In a stunningly good-looking way.
Vikings highlights the strength, courage, and character of those who wish to move ever forward, to expand beyond what they know. Like Rome, The Tudors, The Borgias, Spartacus, Camelot, even Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, The Sopranos, we see that amid all the blood and gore there is a spirit of noble yearning, a hope that life is something greater than just surviving.