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SEASON PREMIERE: Vikings Season 3 Recap – Episode 1: Mercenary

MERCENARY

Prepare for battle in Episode 1 (entitled Mercenary) Season 3 of History Channel's Vikings

Welcome to my very first recap of History Channel’s Vikings! Want to catch up on Season 1 and 2 of the show before you find out what went down in Season 3 Episode 1 (entitled Mercenary)? Then you need to check out the video below:

Okay, now you know what to expect, let’s jump right in shall we?

We find Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) with his newly appointed (but not like he suggested plot point rich) haircut chatting to his son, Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig) about being a reluctant king, wielding power and all those things that vikings talk about in the midst of winter when there is nothing else much to do.

Others, however, are getting itchy feet. Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard) is just plain going batshit crazy with all the happy around him, so his new wife, Helga (Maude Hirst) is happy to send him a-raiding! Other vikings have gotten themselves between a rock and a hard place by placing too many buns in the oven and are happy to get away from their warring womenfolk. And then there is Rollo (Clive Standen) who is messed up personified and perpetually ready to meet Valhalla.

So off to England they go because King Ecbert (Linus Roache) promised them farmable land – but wait, what’s that catch? Ragnar is needed to fight against warring kings and queens? It seems the rambunctious Princess Kwenthrith of Mercia (Amy Bailey) is having a spat with her brother and uncle over lands. Is it just me, or is this the English equivalent of what went down between King Horik (Donal Logue) and Jarl Borg (Thorbjørn Harr) all over again?

Anyhow, vikings live and die honorably by the sword, so they all agree to settle this spat and the scene is set for an epic battle.

Travis Fimmel stars as Ragnar Lothbrok in Episode 1 (entitled Mercenary) Season 3 of History Channel's Vikings

And epic it is.

It seems the English came up with this brilliantly dumb idea to set up on two adjoining (but completely unattached) patches of land. The plan was to attach Ragnar’s group from both sides – I think. But in all their smugness, they forgot the one gaping flaw: If Ragnar attached one side, there was no way for the other mob to come round and help. So Ragnar (with the help of Floki lopping of a royal head) totally brings down the smaller group IN FRONT OF THE OTHERS and succeeds in completely scaring the shit out of the remaining English party.

And that’s how vikings get shit done!

Now let’s go back and have a look at what else was going on in Episode 1.

RELATIONSHIPS

Will Lagertha find love in Season 3 of History Channel's Vikings (Episode 1, entitled Mercenary)

  • It seems likely that King Ecbert and Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) will get their jiggy on this season since the king appeared captivated by the shield maiden from the very onset.
  • Bjorn and Þórunn (Gaia Weiss) will not have a straight run to the altar. Þórunn is determined never to be controlled by a man again as she journeys from slave to shield maiden. Bjorn is pigheaded and not at all like his father when it comes to letting the women he loves fight. Pretty sure Ragnar is going to have words about how Bjorn was more interested in protecting his girl during battle than fighting alongside everyone.
  • If you have read into the sagas of Ragnar, you will know that Ragnar has three wives. And it seems Season 3 might also herald in the arrival of wife #3 with Aslaug (Alyssa Sutherland) getting cranky at the sight of Ragnar going off to England with his first wife, Lagertha, in tow. If that isn’t enough, Princess Kwenthrith, the ever horny, seems determined to get a viking earl into her bed. Wouldn’t it be interesting if Ragnar returned with a pregnant English princess in tow?

DECEPTION

Lagertha’s second in charge, Kalf (Ben Robson) who we totally haven’t heard much about until just now, appears to be lining up to double cross in Season 3. He might now want Ragnar to find this out…

Vikings Season 3 promo pic 2

So what did you think of the Season 3 premiere of History Channel’s Vikings? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

Video Source: YouTube – Catch up on Vikings

You can read my Episode 2 recap here.

Video Source: YouTube – Catch up on Vikings

(Photo Credits: History Channel, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc.)

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Pre-Order Your Funko Vikings POP Vinyls Now!

Order now for May 2015 arrival:

Funko POP Vinyl Ragnar

Recently we announced that History Channel’s Vikings was on the list to be glorified as Funko POP Vinyls figurines. Well, we can announce that the wait is almost over! May 2015 is the arrival date and you can pre-order the Vikings figures now.

On offer are five figures so far: Ragnar (Travis Fimmel), Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick), Rollo (Clive Standen), Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard) and the Seer (John Kavanagh):

While I am a bit disappointed not to see Helga (Maude Hirst) in the line up, I am more than impressed with just how creepy cute they have made the Seer! I am also surprised to see Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig) and, especially, Athelstan (George Blagden) missing from the line up.

You can pre-order the whole set or individually by clicking here.

Who are your faves – and which ones would you have liked to see developed? Let me know what you think of the new Vikings Funko POP Vinyl figures by commenting below!

Source: Funkos POP Vinyls – Funkos new Vikings POP Vinyls

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February 19: Vikings Season 3 Premieres on History Channel

The countdown begins!

Vikings Season 3 premieres on February 19th 2015 on History Channel

Make sure you mark February 19th 2015 10/9c on your calendar as that is the confirmed day that History Channel’s Vikings returns to our screens! To help you out, we have just added a widget to the top left hand side of this blog so you can keep updated every time you visit us.

If you want all the spoilers on Season 3, make sure you check out all the news we have posted about Ragnar, Legatha, Rollo, Floki, Bjorn and the rest of the Vikings gang by checking out our articles here.

So far we know that Ragnar (played by Aussie actor Travis Fimmel) will travel to Paris to continue his raiding ways. There is also a few new characters popping up in Season 3 of Vikings. Fans of FX’s vampire series, The Strain will recognise Kevin Durand. In Vikings, he will play a character called The Wanderer. Not a lot is known yet about the role he will play, but there is some suggestion he will either be involved in or be present for the death of a major Vikings character in Season 3. So make sure you keep the tissues on hand because the death of a Vikings character always hits us fans hard!

History Channel Merchandise Deal:

To celebrate the premiere date of Vikings Season 3 as well as the fact that Christmas is nearly at hand, History Channel is currently running some pretty spectacular promo sales on Vikings merchandise via their website. Some items are up to 66% off the recommended retail price! You need to hurry though if you want to take advantage of these red hot deals. To check out the complete Vikings merchandise range (including the specials), click here.

Source: Twitter – Vikings Official Twitter Account

(Photo Credit: History Channel, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc.)

 

Confirmation that Viking Warriors Included Females

Shield Maidens such as Lagertha are a possible reality:

Katheryn Winnick stars as shield maiden Lagertha in History Channel's Vikings

Thanks to many archaeologists who assumed Viking bones buried with weaponry were male, the idea of shield maidens was shelved to the ‘myths and legends’ section of history. But not now! Thanks to new research conducted by Shane McLeod of the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies at the University of Western Australia, it seems some of the assumed bodies buried with swords and knives are actually women. Thanks to some burials of Norse immigrants starting to turn up in Eastern England, McLeod suggested:

There is some archaeological evidence for early Norse female settlement, most obviously oval brooches, but this evidence is minimal. The more difficult to date evidence of place names, personal names, and DNA samples derived from the modern population suggests that Norse women did migrate to England at some stage, but probably in far fewer numbers than Norse men.

As a result of this, the burials were investigated using DNA evidence rather than the assumption that corpses buried with weapons were only male. This study concluded with the following results:

These results, six female Norse migrants and seven male, should caution against assuming that the great majority of Norse migrants were male, despite the other forms of evidence suggesting the contrary. This result of almost a fifty-fifty ratio of Norse female migrants to Norse males is particularly significant when some of the problems with osteological sexing of skeletons are taken into account,

While many people were quick to assume this means women were also raiding along with their male counterparts, this has not actually yet been confirmed – although we are indeed one step closer! In reality, this study shows that there was an even split of male and female Viking settlers in England after they initially invaded around the time of 800-900 A.D. What is exciting to note though the fact that the Vikings buried their women with weapons, which suggests that, in life, these women were considered heroic or competent with these items.

What do you think? Is Lagertha fact or fiction? Let us know by commenting below!

Source: USA Today – Invasion of the Viking women unearthed

(Photo Credit: History Channel, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc.)

Michael Hirst: “I’m not interested in accuracy; I’m interested in truth”

Michael Hirst, the writer behind History Channel’s Vikings, discusses Season 3:

History Channel's Vikings writer Michael Hirst (Photo Credit: GamerHub.tv)

For fans of History Channel’s Vikings, the show starts and ends with the writer Michael Hirst. Every scene, story line and plot arc is researched, developed and written by Michael. But does he have a favourite character in Vikings?

No I don’t have a favourite one. They are very real to me, and so I feel that when I go to my study in the morning I go to talk to them, and to find out what they have been up to, what they are going to do, who’s going to be brutal, and who’s going to be naughty.

I have always liked writing about Athelstan [portrayed by actor George Blagden] because he’s Christian, and he was originally our way into a different world. I could imagine that he would share a lot of our values and our outlook – here he is going into a very different Pagan world. We could feel with and for him, and then of course he develops this spiritual crisis which is wonderful to write about, and which is really rich.

Hirst may base his scripts on research, however, when the Vikings had very little written work and all the historical evidence of them is based on what the Christians wrote of them, how does he balance fact and fiction? He had this to share:

The things that I do are really well researched, and are based on realities although they are not completely true. One thing is drama and the other is documentary, and I’m not writing documentary. Everything I do starts life as research. Ragnar [played by actor Travis Fimmel] was the first real Viking leader to emerge from myth and legend, but he was real and he had at least two wives and he loved his children. We know certain things about him. We know certain things about Viking society, but we don’t know a huge amount because they are the dark ages.

So I have certain given material that I like to use, and I always like to add to the drama and things that are real and plausible. I’m not interested in accuracy; I’m interested in truth. So I’m trying to tell the truth as I see it, as I’ve discovered it in my research in the story. So I would never take it into fantasy – I’m not interested in fantasy. So whether it is absolutely accurate or not a) I don’t know, b) You can’t tell and c) the head of Scandinavian studies at Harvard University who’s a Swedish professor who we showed him some of the first series to said, this was the first time his culture had ever been taken seriously.

Many people have suggested that the History Channel’s portrayal of women in Viking culture is incorrect – a point that Michael is quick to rectify:

I was pushing for … Lagertha [played by actress Katheryn Winnick] to be a major character, but to also have a lot of other women in the show – Shield Maidens. I’m really pleased to say that Lagertha is a feminist icon across the world. In American TV there is nobody like her – she’s a mother, wife and she kicks ass. It’s totally unique, although I got into a little bit of trouble because I read a couple of people telling me that wasn’t true, and it couldn’t be true. Women couldn’t really fight in the Shield Walls, because how could they fight these big hairy guys? They would have been killed easily. The show was pushing that too much, but recently – only a matter of a few months ago, a Viking grave was found from a battle and fifty per cent of the corpses were women. So we were right; we were absolutely right.

While Vikings is shot on a very tight budget, there is still room for epic portions of CGI when needed – especially when Ragnar Lothbrok takes on Paris in Season 3:

There will be a lot of CGI when we come to Paris, because we built a huge wall, and what we call two cheese graters – ladders to get up the walls. But when you see it there will be a hundred ladders, there will be a hundred boats because that was what actually happened.

You can read the full interview Michael Hirst did with Flickering Myth by clicking here.

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Lagertha Will Discover Her Sexuality in Season 3

Katheryn Winnick & Alexander Ludwig Discuss Vikings:

Katheryn Winnick stars as Lagertha and Alexander Ludwig stars as her son Bjorn in History Channel's VikingsIt is a long wait until Season 3 of History Channel’s Vikings, but luckily Katheryn Winnick (who plays Lagertha) was happy to chat about the upcoming season at San Diego Comic Con this year to TV Fanatic. She is eager to discuss the fact that Lagertha will certainly grow in Season 3:

Lagertha goes through a major change in Season 2 and even more in Season 3 and she in now in a position of power. She … has a lot more responsibilities. She’s come into her own in Season 2. I feel, [now that] we’re half way through Season 3, I feel like her dynamic will change. We’ll see her in a different light. She discovers … I’m not sure if I’m allowed to say this … her sexuality.

Katheryn also points out that while many fans love the strong shield maiden aspect of Lagertha, it is, in fact, her challenges and vulnerabilities that makes her character so popular.

TV Fanatic then asks Alexander Ludwig (who plays Ragnar’s son, Bjorn) about how, historically, the story of the vikings eventually shifts from being Ragnar’s (played by Travis Fimmel in the TV series) story, to his son’s story. Alexander had this to say:

Michael [Hirst] is an exceptional writer and I really leave that up to him. It’s so great because I don’t have to try to be anything, you just read these great scripts and he’s already implemented that slowly in the third season … He was a boy in the second season and I really tried to play that …  and now, in Season 3, he’s a man. You see him learning and taking after his father.

It seems that while Season 2 was Lagertha’s season for coming into her own, Season 3 is the time for Bjorn to blossom.

The two Vikings stars have plenty more to say about the show and the upcoming Season 3 in the video below:

Source: TV Fanatic – Alexander Ludwig and Katheryn Winnick Interview

(Photo Credit: History Channel, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc.)