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Vikings: Season 1 (2013)




Critic Consensus: Vikings makes up for its lack of historical accuracy with a heaping helping of violence, romance, and striking visuals.


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"Vikings" is a fictional retelling of the exploits of Ragnar Lothbrok, a 9th-century Viking chieftain and hero of many Old Norse sagas. The first season dramatizes Ragnar's quest to raid the shores of England, a quest he believes Odin has tasked him to undertake. The season also explores Ragnar's relationship with his wife Lagertha, as well as his conflict with his brother Rollo and their liege lord Earl Haraldson. Travis Fimmel stars as Ragnar Lothbrok. Joining him are Katheryn Winnick as Lagertha, Clive Standen as Rollo, and Gabriel Byrne as Earl Haraldson. Playing supporting roles are Jessalyn Gilsig as Earl Haraldson's wife Siggy, George Blagden as the monk Athelstan, and Gustaf Skarsgård as the shipwright Floki.


Gabriel Byrne
as Earl Haraldson
Travis Fimmel
as Ragnar Lothbrok
George Blagden
as Athelstan
Ivan Kaye
as King Aelle
Linus Roache
as King Ecbert
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Critic Reviews for Vikings: Season 1

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (16)

It's rare that a work of fiction has us hoping that barbarians will resume robbing and killing innocent people, but our motivation isn't sympathy with the series' heroes. It's boredom.

February 24, 2014 | Full Review…

The series is nonetheless transporting in its way, largely because it doesn't try too hard to soften or civilize the characters.

February 24, 2014 | Full Review…

Vikings is yet another epic example of what the shrinking Big Four broadcast networks just aren't doing anymore. It's now left to others to mount captivating, money-on-the-screen trips to other times and places.

February 24, 2014 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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Vikings is great to look at, shot gorgeously in Ireland with a reported $40 million budget and a cast with many familiar faces.

February 24, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Starts slow, gets better, and very nice to look at.

February 24, 2014 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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"All Change" set the stage nicely for Season 2.

February 24, 2014 | Rating: 7.2/10 | Full Review…

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Super Reviewer

Despite some decent production values and beautiful vistas, Vikings is held back by a very basic script with not very smart dialogue that are as obvious as it can get. There's no double meaning, no deep recollections to what is happening or bound to happen, it's just poor and too direct. Worse, is that many of the characters are not well polished and don't have any decent arc to write home about. Hell, even Ragnar barely evolves from episode 1 until the end of Season 2 and that is a problem. Still, it's fairly entertaining and you can learn a thing or two from it, so it might be worth a look by those with interest in the subject.

Francisco G.

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Moderately rocky to start off with, but will certainly engage you before the end of the season's brief 9 episode run.


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