Vikings (2013– )
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The Departed, Part 1 

Guided by Bishop Heahmund's visions, the Saxons devise a battle plan. Ivar the Boneless strategizes on his own as the Vikings undergo increasing pressure. Bjorn Ironside finds himself in a new territory and must convince the local commander he is a trader and not a raider.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Katheryn Winnick ... Lagertha
Michael Hirst ... Himself - Writer / Executive Producer
Gustaf Skarsgård ... Floki
Alexander Ludwig ... Bjorn Lothbrok
Peter Franzén ... King Harald Finehair
Jasper Pääkkönen ... Halfdan the Black
Moe Dunford ... Aethelwulf
Alex Høgh Andersen ... Ivar (as Alex Høgh)
John Kavanagh ... The Seer
Marco Ilsø ... Hvitserk
Jordan Patrick Smith ... Ubbe
Jonathan Rhys Meyers ... Bishop Heahmund
Josefin Asplund ... Astrid
Ida Nielsen ... Margrethe (as Ida Marie Nielsen)
Ferdia Walsh-Peelo ... Alfred the Great


Tensions mount between the sons of Ragnar Lothbrok as the Vikings continue to threaten the very heart of England. As the Great Army moves to take York, with King Aethelwulf and his family still in hiding, Heahmund, the warrior bishop, must rally the Saxons to defend the Realm.

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29 November 2017 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


The "fields of corn" metaphor is not necessarily related to the crop known as maize. Corn means the main grain grown in an area in Britain. We call maize "sweet corn" in the UK to distinguish it from wheat, barley (e.g. "John barley-corn") or oats. It is not therefore an anachronism in itself. See more »


When Bishop Heahmund is praying and says "cut them down like ears of corn at the harvest." Corn was brought to Europe by Christopher Columbus after he came back from North America. So corn hadn't been introduced to Europeans yet. See more »


If I Had a Heart
Performed by Fever Ray
Written by Karin Dreijer Andersson
Courtesy of Mute and Rabid Records
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Super-sized start starts superb
30 November 2017 | by divviebeeSee all my reviews

Double the pleasure double the fun. Two-hour Vikings premiere rocked. Ivar wins the gold for scariest new son of Ragnar... and then boils it and is now the stuff of my nightmares. Jonathan Rys Myers is a great new Viking opponent. Lagertha continues to rule though I don't think she will for very long with Ivar and all the enemies around her. Excited for this series to be back in a big way. I missed Floki's laugh.

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