Have you heard of the TV Show “Vikings“? Until recently, I hadn’t… but in less than a week, Chris and I made our way through two seasons of the show.
For me, the best way to describe it, is a little like Game of Thrones – but with less gore, less incest and less nudity. The style and themes feel very similar though. Vikings is basically a historical drama and while I’m not usually into that type of thing, I really really enjoyed this show.
Filmed in Ireland (a lot like GoT), the story follows Ragnor Lothbrok, a well-known Viking in norse mythology. Ragnor, who begins as a farmer, becomes famous by raiding England with the help of his family and fellow warriors. While there are no blockbuster names, there are a few familiar faces. For example, Cato from Hunger Games? He’s Björn, actor Alexander Ludwig. Another familiar name is Skarsgård, though not Alexander. This time its his brother, Gustaf and he plays Floki, in my opinion – one of the best characters in the show. Travis Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick and Clive Standen all deserve a mention though. And while I said no big names, Gabriel Byrne does make an extended appearance in season one.
There are currently two seasons, both of which have ten episodes. Vikings has been renewed for a third season and I can’t wait… though sadly I’ll have to, till summer 2015.
If you have a spare few hours, I definitely recommend you check it out. In fact, if you have Amazon Prime, both Seasons are available on there, even though only the first season has been shown in the UK.