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There's a new Earl in town.
Last week, while Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) was off dealing with political matters (and flirting) with King Ecbert (Linus Roache) in Wessex on History's Vikings, her second in command, Ben Robson's Kalf, sneakily took her title. He's now the Earl!
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Access Hollywood)
On the March 5 episode of History Channel’s “Vikings,” Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel) and his allies will make good on their deal with King Ecbert (Linus Roache) and march into battle with Mercia. Ragnar and his fellow raiders have been spoiling for a fight, but the clash might not be enough to prevent other tensions from bubbling up.
Variety has an exclusive sneak peek at the bloodthirsty battle from this week’s episode below — will all of our warriors escape unscathed?
Ragnar’s deal with Ecbert and Kwenthrith (Amy Bailey) once again puts him at odds with Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard), who mistrusts the Christians’ motives. Fimmel says that the friction between the pair “carries throughout the whole year again. [Floki’s’] very religiously driven — we all are. The gods are the most important things, but I think Ragnar’s opinion on it is, ‘I’ll do whatever I can to please the gods, »
- Laura Prudom
This review contains spoilers.
Two years ago, when I first tuned in to watch Vikings, I honestly wasn’t expecting much, despite my interest in the period and culture it depicts. After all, the show was ostensibly historical material being produced for The History Channel, a cable outlet that hasn’t done much lately in the way of history. I mean, Swamp People and Pawn Stars may bring in the ratings and thus the advertisers, but I doubt they’ll end up in many chronicles of our times.
What I did not know when I sat down to watch the premiere episode was the show’s pedigree. It was created by Michael Hirst who also gave us The Tudors. As someone well-versed in the Renaissance, I had »
History's "Vikings" returns for its third season on Thursday (February 19) night and through three episodes, I can safely say that Michael Hirst's saga of pillaging and migration remains everything it has been almost from its premiere. Over two seasons, "Vikings" has delivered solidly above-average thrills that exceed the requirements of its basic cable home. The show has a passionate audience already, but I'm reasonably sure there's a far larger audience out there that would get a kick out of "Vikings," because it really is one of those shows that check a wide number of demographic boxes. "Vikings" is reliably badass, if you like that sort of thing. Maybe not every episode, but probably every two or three, the directors and choreographers deliver a visceral Viking action set-piece that has both admirable scale, but also a raw, gory intimacy. Perhaps more than any other action show on television, "Vikings" conveys »
- Daniel Fienberg
History's "Vikings" returns on Thursday (February 19) night for the start of what looks to be its most ambitious season to date. When we left Travis Fimmel's Ragnar last season, he'd completed his ascension to king, but he still had lots of unfinished business, particularly Across the Pond with Linus Roache's King Ecbert. Season 3 finds Ragnar and friends holding things down at home, expanding their reach in England and, as series creator Michael Hirst has long teased, eying a raid on Paris. Hirst is always one of my favorite interview subjects, but I tend to only get through a third of my questions when I get 15 or 20 minutes on the phone with the erudite Englishman, so I made sure to get a solid half-hour-plus when we sat down last month during the Television Critics Association press tour. In the wide-ranging conversation, we discuss Ragnar's unease ruling position, the prophecy »
- Daniel Fienberg
History’s investment in dramatic programming has yielded mixed results, but its best, enduring franchise, arguably, has been “Vikings,” which sails into its third season with considerable assurance and gusto. Showrunner Michael Hirst has managed to craft a compelling serialized storyline around the exploits of the Norsemen and their crafty leader, Ragnar Lothbrok, whose travels this time will eventually lead him to France. For now, though, Ragnar and company are busily trying to carve out a mutually beneficial relationship with the English King of Wessex, with ample bloodletting, lust and betrayal to go around.
The determination of Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) to improve the Vikings’ lives not through pillaging but farming, somewhat mystify his compatriots. But in the nothing-is-ever-easy department, King Ecbert (Linus Roache) needs Ragnar’s martial skills to help solidify his power, resulting in the inevitable bloody battles in the early episodes. Few programs, notably, do a better job »
- Brian Lowry
[Brightcove "4048718037001" "" "" "auto"] The rise of Ragnar is nearly upon us. The History Channel's hit is back for a brand new season, and the Vikings now have a new king. In a clip of the season 3 premiere, we see the newly appointed Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) and his son Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig) discussing their next raid on the shores of Wessex. "I feel my blood warming," Bjorn says of claiming the land that King Ecbert (Linus Roache) promised. "I want to fight, I want to raid." The Dark Ages drama promises to be packed with plenty of action and warfare, and one famous »
- Emily Strohm, @emablonde
The UK premiere date for Vikings season two has been announced.
The historical drama is returning to History for a ten-episode run on Tuesday, March 24 at 10pm.
Vikings has been renewed for a third season, which will air in North America next month. »
History Channel’s bloodthirsty band of “Vikings” charge back to our screens on Feb. 19, and the cabler has released a suitably epic new trailer for the drama’s third season, which sees Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel) and his followers venturing back to England before taking on their greatest challenge yet — the purportedly impenetrable walls of Paris.
As is to be expected, there’s plenty of blood, sweat and sex in the new preview, which also features expanded roles for King Ecbert (Linus Roache) and Princess Kwenthrith (Amy Bailey) as they join forces with the viking raiders. The season will also present new romantic prospects for Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) and an unlikely opportunity for monk Athelstan (George Blagden), as the warriors continue their exploration of new lands.
“Vikings” premieres Thursday, Feb. 19 at 10 p.m. on History.
- Laura Prudom
History Channel’s first scripted drama following Ragnar Lothbrok’s ambitions returns on Feb. 19
In the video, Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel) and his horde are settling into Wessex while plotting another pillage further west in Paris. The season picks up after Ragnar gained power following the deaths of his adversaries in Season 2, Jarl Borg (Thorbjørn Harr) and King Horik (Donal Logue).
“Power is always dangerous,” Ragnar says overlooking his frozen village of Kattegat. “It attracts the worst.”
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- Alicia Banks
Ahead of its return next month, The History Channel has released a brief teaser for season three of Vikings, along with a cast photo featuring Floki (Gustaf Skarsgård), Queen Aslaug (Alyssa Sutherland), Siggy (Jessalyn Gilsig), King Ecbert (Linus Roache), Rollo (Clive Standen), Athelstan (George Blagden), King Ragnar (Travis Fimmel), Bjorn Lothbrok (Alexander Ludwig), Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick)…
With the promise of new land from the English, Ragnar leads his people to an uncertain fate on the shores of Wessex. King Ecbert has made many promises and it remains to be seen if he will keep them. But ever the restless wanderer, Ragnar is searching for something more … and he finds it in the mythical city of Paris. Rumored to be impenetrable to outside forces, Ragnar and his band of Norsemen must come together to break down its walls and cement the Vikings legend in history.
Vikings season three gets underway on February 19th. »
- Gary Collinson
Recently, the History channel released these 2,new sneak peek/spoiler clips (below) for their upcoming "Vikings" season 3, and they give us new looks at Lagertha in action. We also see Ragnar doing his best to warn Bjorn of the consequences for power thirst, and more. The official,short synopsis for season 3, reads like this: " The new 10-episode season begins with Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) as King and follows the great responsibility that now rests on the shoulders of the former farmer. With the promise of new land from the English, Ragnar leads his people to an uncertain fate on the shores of Wessex. King Ecbert (Linus Roache) has made many promises and it remains to be seen if he will keep them." Season 3 is scheduled to premiere on Thursday night, February 19th at 9pm central time on The History Channel. Stay tuned. »
With Vikings‘ Season 3 premiere now just six weeks away, History has released a new cast photo, a piece of key art and a series of teaser videos declaring(/warning?), “The world is ours.”
The logline for the new season reads as follows: “With the promise of new land from the English, Ragnar leads his people to an uncertain fate on the shores of Wessex…. Ever the restless wanderer, Ragnar is searching for something more, and he finds it in the mythical city of Paris. Rumored to be impenetrable to outside forces, Ragnar and his band of Norsemen must come together »
Recently, The History Channel released the new, official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "Vikings" season 3, and it turns out that we're going to see some intense action go down when Ragnar leads his people into uncharted territory. Loyal friendships will get questioned and strained, and more. With no further ado, the official synopsis press release for season 3 reads like this: "Season three of History's hit scripted drama series Vikings returns on Thursday, February 19 at 10 p.m. Et. The new 10-episode season begins with Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) as King and follows the great responsibility that now rests on the shoulders of the former farmer. With the promise of new land from the English, Ragnar leads his people to an uncertain fate on the shores of Wessex. King Ecbert (Linus Roache) has made many promises and it remains to be seen if he will keep them. But ever the restless wanderer, Ragnar »
- Andre Braddox
Recently, the History channel delivered this new promo/spoiler clip (below) for their upcoming "Vikings" season 3, and it gives us new looks at some very intense action and hardcore drama as a war on Paris is declared and we see major battle scenes. At one point, Lagertha is seen highly ticked off at Ecbert, claiming he betrayed her. The clip concludes with a series of scenes that show more hardcore fighting, shouting, love-making, choking, and more! Check it out,below. The official short plotline for season 3, reads like this: " Season three of History's hit scripted drama series Vikings returns on Thursday, February 19 at 10 p.m. Et. The new 10-episode season begins with Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) as King and follows the great responsibility that now rests on the shoulders of the former farmer. With the promise of new land from the English, Ragnar leads his people to an uncertain fate on the shores of Wessex. »
- Andre Braddox
15 items from 2015
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