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Sex & Nudity
- Explicit sex
- Several instances of men raping women, and at least one of a woman raping a shackled male prisoner, are shown, usually with little or no nudity.
- Many episodes contain sex scenes with nudity.
- Full frontal female nudity.
- There are 2 versions of this show. The one that originally aired on the History Channel and the Blu Ray version. The original History Channel version is completely censored for nudity. No nudity exists only the Blu-Ray version contains nudity.
- In season one there is a scene where rollo rapes a young slave
Violence & Gore
- Violence is present in most episodes.
- The worst scene is the first Blood Eagle execution. Although you barely see anything of the act, the sound effects perfectly describe what is happening. The second Blood Eagle execution is extremely graphic and disgusting but it lacks the tension from the first one.
- In many scenes you only see the bloody, gory aftermath.
- A hand is chopped in half. Graphically shown.
- There are frequent moderately violent scenes and occasional extreme violence, for example a man's lungs are cut out of his back and placed on his shoulders in a punishment ritual.
- During battles, raids, and assassinations throughout the series, people are beheaded (the bloody aftermath is shown), slashed, stabbed and shot with arrows, sometimes with bloody results.
- Throughout the entire show there have been only two uses of the f word in season 2.
- Profanity is sparingly used. "Bitch" is said once in Season One. A man is called "son of a whore" in season Two. A few uses of "piss".
Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking
- The Vikings (including twelve-year-old boys) drink ale on occasion.
Frightening & Intense Scenes
- Rated TV MA for intense sequences of strong bloody violence and gory images throughout including rape, and brief drug use
- The battle scenes can be intense, and much tension is present in some scenes. The main character and his older brother are both very aggressive and displays sometimes disturbing behaviour. There is a scary looking leeper who works as the shaman of the vikings.
- In the first two seasons there is a definitive tension between the Christian Priest and the Vikings religious beliefs. This causes some uncomfortable vibes in some situations, but such is necessary for the plot of the character. Viewers should note that the battle between what one believes, what is tolerated, and what one may sacrifice (in terms of beliefs) is fairly intense in some episodes (especially episode 8).
- In season 1 a man occasionally has a vision of a grim reaper-like apparition of the pagan cheif god Odin. A man has a dream about how he found his adolecent son murdured. Their bodies are shown. Episode 6 has the main cast inhaling a psychadelic drug and experience a intense and suggestive vision about the end of the world according to the Norse belief. This is intercut with images of modern natural disasters which some viewer might find disturbing. Episode 6 & 8 of season 1 features human sacrifices. A man wants to look away, but is ordered by a thirteen year old boy to look on. Episode 9 features many people, among them many children, dying from a plague.
- Season 2 has a character who likes to carry with him the skull of his wife who was murdered by his enemies. Most of the other characters display open discomfort and are disturbed by this behaviour. Episode 2 has a main character presenting the head of a dead warrior to his captives. Like in "Highlander'' or "Game of Thrones'', little blood is shown. A side plot in episode 8 of season 2 involves the main character wanting to kill his own infant son. Episode 10 has a large group of children being killed in a coup. Nothing of that is shown.
- Strong depictions of sex (including 2 rape scenes) and violence, as well as some language and drinking in the extended version.