Farmer, family man and rebel Ragnar Lothbrok is determined to sail west to discover new lands and riches despite an intimidating warning from his village's tyrannical leader, Lord Haraldson, who makes it clear in no uncertain terms that doing so could result in severe consequences.
Ragnar and his men decide to sail west behind Lord Haraldson's back. Unbeknownst to them, one of Haraldson's spies sees them depart on their journey, which sets in motion a plan for Haraldson to make them pay for their disobedience if they return alive.
Ragnar and his men look for and discover many riches on the Northeast coast of England, while causing tremendous bloodshed in the process. When the men return home, an incensed Lord Haraldson lays down a harsh punishment for their defiance.
The Vikings head back to England to seek new treasures, and in the midst of the terror they bring, Ragnar and Lagertha discover that there are consequences for every action and Earl Haraldson is always watching.
There's a bloodbath in every episode so I have to fast-forward through that. Otherwise, I'm enjoying seeing how Vikings might have lived. Their "pagan" worship of gods Odin and Thor, etc., reminds me so much of my Catholic school upbringing and praying to various saints (at candle-lit statues). Amazing how so many religions are pretty much the same: a Valhalla (heaven) at life's end where we will be united with our loved ones and be really happy. One of my favorite actors, Gabriel Byrne, is great to see in the first six episodes. Series is well-written; plot is keeping my attention. The main character has a wife who is as skilled a fighter as he is. Always glad to see strong women. Interesting history (I've even been inspired to do some reading on the Vikings, and the show seems to be accurate enough in its depiction.) I have visited friends in Iceland (an eerily beautiful place), and the Icelandic alphabet, language and people sure do bring to mind the Vikings. I've finished season 1 and look forward to the next one.
I never thought GOT could be outdone, but this series is top shelf in every way. It's more intoxicating than your finest whiskey and I can't stop watching it....every detail is so researched ...and all the acting is incredibly natural...you feel like you are living and breathing right alongside the characters. Given that the earlier Vikings had no written word, they lived "on the edges of history" if you will, so all that has been learned has been through meshing tons of material knowledge at dig sites, writings from peoples they either slaughtered or allied with. No one is good or evil, they all have many shades of grey and the viewer's intelligence is challenged rather than insulted. The only precaution would be that it is very gory, so kids should probably not watch until older.
Just started watching Vikings about a week ago as a filler show since all our current must-see TV shows are hold til mid January. Since watching the first episode, we were hooked and now are eager fans watching at least 2 episodes every night to get caught up with current season. Fun to watch, fun to cheer for the raiders from the North. This shows entertains through every facet of humanity and the acting is great. Travis Fimmel as Ragnar is hypnotic with a supporting cast equally so. Inspires you to go back to History class and learn more about the Viking people and their culture. Don't know of any shows currently inspiring that. Vikings is now added to our list of must-see TV, replacing another that is in its final season. This is definately not filler TV.
I at first thought this series was "Sons of Anarchy" in Viking garb...but after watching a few episodes...and then a few seasons, I realize this is a rare gem confirming there are still genuine artists in the digital age of "television." The casting and settings are of an era in this art form where creativity was placed above risk or budget. This is a CLASSIC the like of which I have not seen for generations. The assembly of such creativity is a rare occurrence and the synthesis and production of such a powerful visual narrative is incredible. While much of this writing is fiction, you would not know it was history. This production digs into the depths of humanity and yields an explanation of the motives of the history of human species.
Great cinematography, breathtaking settings, perfect casting and solid directing are the basis for this series. Include captivating writing with fantastic actors in authentic villages and wearing period-exact costumes, and you have a series that stands at the top of the list! The savage violence which produces shocking blood and gore may be off-putting to some, but it is totally appropriate and relatively mild when compared to the historical facts. There is mystery, love, greed adventure, betrayal and more. The power machinations of the Vikings and Englanders are the clear antecedent of modern politics: deceit, trickery, force, bluff and betrayal are tools of the political trade. The villains have streaks of goodness; the heroes have streaks of villainy. But, they are all believable and indelible forces who are too magnificent to ignore. You can watch it for the beauty. You can watch it for the shock. You can watch it for the brilliant acting and writing. Or, you can watch it for the raw and overpowering entertainment. It's a visual and emotional feast that should not be missed!
If you like "Game of Thrones", then this is for you. It is very brutal, but so interesting to learn how Vikings lived, loved, worshipped, and justified their killing. Unlike an HBO show, The Vikings does not have full nudity. Being a Christian myself, it has been quite challenging to witness the cruelty & capture of a Christian priest whom desperately tries to understand their beliefs & customs while maintaining his faith & trust in Jesus. The filming locations are incredibly beautiful lands - just breath taking. The directors & actors choices make the show more real than my stomach can take at times, but it just proves their desire to make it as authentic as possible. Two of my daughters are actresses, so I truly appreciate the talents of the cast & crew that have given viewers the amazing opportunity to witness history on screen in a way that makes me feel like I am actually there with the Vikings.