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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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Who Will Die and Who Will Divorce in Season 3 of History Channel’s Vikings?

Travis Fimmel Teases Fans on Reddit About Season 3 of Vikings!

Travis Fimmel stars as Ragnar Lothbrok in the History Channels Vikings Season 3 promo pic

Recently Travis Fimmel (who plays Ragnar Lothbrok on History Channel’s Vikings) took to Reddit to answer fans questions about the show. While he was plenty cheeky in a lot of his answers (and you can read the funniest ones here), he also let slip some juicy tidbits about Season 3!

Here are some of the best I found:

 

  • [–]voicesinthebreezes How does Ragnar’s relationship with Athelstan fare this season? Do they continue to remain close, as they have the past two seasons..or do they begin to drift apart?

[–]TravisFimmel[S] No, the relationship gets better. It’s my favorite person to do scenes with.

 *This seems to weaken the theory that has been floating around about Athelstan dying in Season 3

 

  • [–]kiltsandrevenge Hey Travis! I have been a fan of Vikings since it premiered a couple years ago. I still have to say that my favorite scene was the one on the beach, where you were speaking to the Saxon in Old English and to your fellow Vikings in their language. Can we look forward to more scenes without any Modern English?

[–]TravisFimmel[S] Yes. There’s a lot, yeah. Not specifically me, but some of the other characters.

 

  • [–]DannyelConzo What’s the most embarrassing thing that’s happened to you on set of Vikings?

[–]TravisFimmel[S] Ehm – wipes face – in an upcoming episode, once I finish a stunt, and I’m walking off camera, I slipped and fell into the water when I wasn’t supposed to be wet.

 *While this isn’t really a spoiler for Season 3, it is still something to look out for.

 

[–]TravisFimmel[S] This year? strokes beard It’s a turning point in the plot, and it saves me getting up 40 minutes earlier than I have to.

 

  • [–]nanostryn Hello Travis, are we ever going to see the wanderer that gave the sunstone to ragnar or the murderer of Haraldson’s boys?

[–]TravisFimmel[S] You’ll see them this year.

*You can find details on the Wanderer here and here.

 

[–]TravisFimmel[S] Number 11. No, I’m joking, there’s only 10, sorry! Six.

 

  • [–]sophiesansa Hi Travis! In your opinion, do you think Ragnar still harbors feelings for Lagertha?

[–]TravisFimmel[S] Anybody in Ragnar’s family, he loves. He’s just full of love. But Ragnar’s ex-wife hates him as much as his current wife does, and I’m sure his next ex-wife will hate him too.

*In the Viking sagas, Ragnar is reputed to have three wives, so is Travis suggesting he will be divorcing Aslaug (Alyssa Sutherland) in Season 3?

 

  • [–]monkeyinferrari I love Vikings! I read in an interview of Hirst that it was your idea to have Ragnar decorate his ship with severed heads (as we can see in the S3 trailer). How did you come up with that? It’s quite the sight.

[–]TravisFimmel[S] Well, that was both our ideas. I think – if I remember – we already had the dead heads there, and I just wanted to be one of the heads amongst the dead heads. So that was mostly Michael’s ideas.

 

[–]TravisFimmel[S] Oh, it was great. He was a great character on the show. Very nice fella.

[–]likealemur was?

[–]SenorVolf Oh, shit.

[–]likealemur That’s what I was thinking.

*This might just be an unintentional slip of the tongue or, otherwise, Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard) could totally be the character dying this season.

 

[–]TravisFimmel[S] It’s gonna be amazing. We’re going to see a Paris that the world has never seen, Paris in the 800s.

 

You can read the full Q&A with Travis Fimmel on Reddit by clicking here.

So, what are your predictions for Season 3 of History Channel’s Vikings? Let us know your thoughts by commenting below!

Source: Reddit – Travis Fimmel here. Cherry picker, dairy farmer, you may know me as Ragnar on VIKINGS. AMA.

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

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

(Photo Credit: popvinyl.net)

Shh! Viking Raid. Pass it on…

History Channel’s Vikings get set for a raid before the Season 3 premiere:

History channels vikings promo pic Season 3

Want to come on a raid with Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel)? Well, now you can! The Vikings official Twitter account is holding a raid on Monday the 17th of February 2015 at 1PM EST. Unfortunately this will make it 5AM in Australia, but I am determined to join in anyway!

So what is a Vikings Twitter raid, you ask? You can find out more on past raids on the History Channel’s website. Basically, fans will need to sharpen their axes, pray to the gods and join a horde of Vikings fans in the 1st ever Twitter hashtag raid. Be ready on Twitter and follow @HistoryVikings to prepare and unleash Vikings FURY!

Let us know your Twitter handles so we can follow you and join in on all the fun of a 21st century Viking raid on Monday! We will be raiding using the Twitter handle @vikingsfansAUS and the hashtag  #Vikings. Can’t wait to see you all there!

Source: Twitter – Vikings Official Twitter Account

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

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.)

 

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.

(Photo Credit: GamerHub.tv)

Travis Fimmel Discusses the Seedy Underbelly of Vikings Season 3

Travis Fimmel loves playing Ragnar Lothbrok for the ‘little corruption underneath’:

Travis Fimmel stars as Ragnar Lothbrok in the History Channels Vikings

For fans of History Channel’s Vikings, there has been little news to report yet on the upcoming Season 3, which makes the wait for its return seem even longer. However, recently an interview with lead actor, Travis Fimmel (who plays main character, Ragnar Lothbrok) came to light which rewards the fans with plenty of new information.

According to Travis, he loves playing Ragnar because:

I like stuff that he has going on, the little corruption underneath … and a lot of it’s bullshitting in a way if you know what I mean. A lot of things he says is just to keep people happy. It’s stuff he doesn’t mean, although that’s more in season three that that comes to light. But there is a lot of secret stuff that you can have and play that’s not necessarily on the page.

So it seems we might find Ragnar with some of his secrets revealed in Season 3. It is any guess as to what underhandedness will be exposed and what the consequences of this will be for Ragnar and his family.

Travis went on to expand on Ragnar’s secrets in relation to the Season 2 finale episode (entitled The Lord’s Prayer) and the revelation that Ragnar only uttered the words to The Lord’s Prayer throughout this episode:

I just felt that whatever I was saying in the episodes leading up were getting me into trouble, and so I thought you could say more without actually saying anything. If you don’t say anything then you don’t give anything away. There is a whole planned conspiracy thing going on, and so Ragnar doesn’t trust anybody. If he tells somebody then he gets hurt, and there is nobody he trusts to say anything to – secrets are better if nobody knows them.

So what else did Travis reveal about Season 3 of History Channel’s Vikings? Well, he had this to say about his son Bjorn (played by Alexander Ludwig) and their parting in Season 2:

Well he goes away or was taken away from me, and I think he was a little bit girly when he came back. So I’ve got issues with that, but any father who has his son taken away from him ends up being pretty angry, and wants to lash out and blame other people. But his son is still by far the most important thing to him – the kids are a lot more important to Ragnar than the women. He likes women; loves his children.

It will be very interesting to see how this relationship develops. Let us know your thoughts and theories on Season 3 of Vikings by commenting below!

You can read the full interview Travis Fimmel did with Flickering Myth by clicking here.

Source: Flickering Myth – Return of The Vikings: Brotherhood – In conversation with leading man Travis Fimmel

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