Vikings (2013– )
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A King's Ransom 

Three Viking ships sail upriver towards the very heart of power in eastern England: the Royal Villa of King Aelle.


Ken Girotti


Michael Hirst (creator), Michael Hirst

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Travis Fimmel ... Ragnar Lothbrok
Katheryn Winnick ... Lagertha
Clive Standen ... Rollo
Jessalyn Gilsig ... Siggy Haraldson
Gustaf Skarsgård ... Floki
George Blagden ... Athelstan
Ivan Kaye ... King Aelle
David Murray ... Lord Aethelwulf
Nathan O'Toole ... Bjorn Lothbrok
Jefferson Hall ... Torstein
Tadhg Murphy ... Arne
Diarmaid Murtagh ... Leif
Angus MacInnes ... Tostig
Cathy White Cathy White ... Ealswith
Sean Tracy Sean Tracy ... Egbert


Ragnar and his men - three boatloads in total - arrive in England and build a camp. King Aelle welcomes his brother and asks him to lead his army but they are quickly defeated when Ragnar attacks them in the night. Ragnar accepts Aelle offer to visit him in his house and demands 2000 pounds of gold and silver as a ransom to release the King's brother. The King agrees but wants one of Ragmar's men to be baptized. Aelle has no intention of paying the ransom however and launches an attack on the invader's camp. Back home, Lagertha dispenses justice wisely in Earl Ragnar's absence. She also accepts Siggy's offers to serve her. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

14 April 2013 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


You can hear many different languages in the scene where the English soldiers deliver the empty coin carts, for example, the Finnish language where someone yells "nyt se tulee". See more »


[Church men start singing In Scandinavian]
Bjorn: This is a terrible noise.
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Somewhat like Lord of the Rings but nowhere as good
3 September 2017 | by billcarr31See all my reviews

Much has been written about historical accuracy and lack thereof, but one is so glaring I must comment about it. When Ragnar is 'executed' by King Aelle, he is cast into a pit with hundreds of snakes, the vast majority of which are exotic species from the tropics. Where would a North English king get so many exotic snakes? They could not stay alive in a cold climate anyway. Another thing which always bothers me is the lack of helmets. No Viking would have fought without a helmet even if he had very little other armour, as even a glancing head blow would be your end in a battle. BTW when armour is shown (on any side) it is wildly over developed for the period. It is noteworthy that the Saxon military have helmets that look like they are from late mediaeval Italy. Perhaps the lack of helmets was to not hide the actors identities. I also question the extensive tattoos, maybe they had tattoos but not so much. As for the elaborate hairdos, I doubt very much that people living in a very cold climate would have shaved heads, and having a long pigtail would be suicidal for a warrior.

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