First Promo Trailer for The History Channel’s New Scripted Show Vikings

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Vikings TV Series

Yes, I said “scripted”. The History Channel is getting into the fiction business. (Mind you, the History Channel has been out of the “just the facts” business a long time ago. See: The Godawful “Ancient Aliens” and the gazillion ridiculous Reality TV shows currently mucking up their dial.) On the other hand, a purely fictional show about Vikings sounds pretty damn cool.

VIKINGS TV Series PosterHistory has released a 30-second spot for the show. Check it out below, check it outers.

While VIKINGS is filled with conflict, warfare and bloodshed – for these were extreme times – it is a family saga at heart. It follows the adventures of Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel, The Beast, Baytown Outlaws), a curious, compelling man who is always looking to break through barriers and discover new worlds to conquer. A young farmer and family man, Ragnar is deeply frustrated by the unadventurous policies of his local chieftain, Earl Haraldson (Gabriel Byrne, In Treatment, Usual Suspects, Millers Crossing), who continues to send his Vikings raiders east every summer, to the Baltic states and Russia, whose populations are as materially poor as themselves.

VIKINGS will chart Ragnar’s ambitions to discover civilizations across the great ocean to the west as well as his inevitable conflicts along the way. With the help of his jester friend Floki, (Gustaf Skarsgard, The Way Back), they build a new generation of boats – faster, sleeker and more beautifully crafted than anything else on the sea.

The series will also delve into how the Vikings – the last pagans – worshipped ancient gods like Odin, Thor, Freya and Loki. Ragnar claims to be a direct descendant of the Norse god Odin, who, as well as being the god of warriors slain in battle, is also the god of curiosity.

“Vikings” will star Travis Fimmel, Gabriel Byrne, Jessalyn Gilsig, Gustaf Skarsgard, Clive Standen,
Katheryn Winnick and George Blagden, and was created and written by Michael Hirst.

Look for it on the History Channel on March 3, 2013.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/curtis.a.hedrick Curtis Andrew Hedrick

    Hmm Calling their “religion” ancient is a stretch as we know it was actually fairly new (in terms of history) and they Generally worshiped freyer and Thor because of their connection to weather. Not all Norse were Vikings.

    • Crolie

      Don’t be such a Debbie Downer, know it all…it’s clear you’re not. Afterall, it’s just a T.V. show dude.

      • http://www.facebook.com/curtis.a.hedrick Curtis Andrew Hedrick

        Yes it’s a tv show on the HISTORY channel. I want to see the actual history that is known not popular myth based on hearsay. Norse culture is a passion of mine so I have spent 20 years studying them.

        • Crolie

          Oh here we go. You think the Rus, Varangians, Norse, whatever you want to call them didn’t enjoy a good fictional story in their day? The History Channnel is obviously geared towards entertainment; this has been known for years. So don’t expect them to air anything otherwise. I for one am looking forward to this show for pure entertainment purposes being of hardy Northern European stock myself. If you want fact read a book, I’m sure you know all about the Prose and Poetic Eddas and all the Scandinavian Sagas and Epics. But like I said don’t be such a Debbie Downer, know it all…it’s clear you’re not. Afterall, it’s just a T.V. show dude!

          • http://www.facebook.com/curtis.a.hedrick Curtis Andrew Hedrick

            Once Again , they are advertising this as HISTORICAL, not fictional. If they advertised it as such I would have no problem with it. Too much now fictional entertainment is advertised as historical fact and the facts get pushed back and forgotten. I agree people should pick up a book once in a while, but even then finding books that don’t utilize popular myth is becoming harder to find. I enjoy a good fictional story as long as it’s advertised as such. Don’t like my Opinion, fine. Gleðileg jól og farsælt komandi ár
            Gleðileg jól og farsælt nýtt ár

          • Crolie

            I like your style. Agree to disagree then shall we? As long as they don’t portray them with horns on their helmets then I’ll give it a go. The last name is Hansen and I’ve taken considerable interest in the history of my family including where they came from and their pre-Christian mythologies and hero epics. I do enjoy an entertaining story however, as we all do. Hopefully when they say “historical” they mean portraying the lifestyle, mytholiogies and pantheon of Gods accurately unlike Marvel’s adaptation which is nauseating. Merry Winter Solstice to you too; glad the Mayans were wrong.

  • Dabbi75

    im icelandic, so i might check this out

  • Poppycock

    Poppycock. This Vikings series is not intended to be historically factual, hence it’s a historical drama, ie fictional entertainment in the genre of a historical era. Attention to historical authenticity is for the purposes of enriching the storytelling, but ultimately the entertainment value is paramount in shows like this. If it was intended to accurately portray the lifeways of the Vikings, it would be a documentary / academic series and not a… wait for it… *drama*.