Vikings: Season 1 (2013)


Season 1
Vikings

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

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Air date: Mar 3, 2013

Ragnar Lothbrok dreams of finding riches by bucking the tradition of raiding to the east.

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Air date: Mar 10, 2013

Ragnar Lothbrok gathers a crew willing to risk their lives to travel into the unknown; Earl Haraldson's paranoia reaches new heights as it becomes apparent that trust is hard to come by in this dark era.

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Air date: Mar 17, 2013

Ragnar and his crew raid a monastery in Lindesfarne for everything it contains.

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Air date: Mar 24, 2013

Ragnar and his crew head back to England with Earl Haraldson's permission; the Vikings choose the Sabbath to invade the town of Hexam and unleash a flood of violence and panic.

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Air date: Mar 31, 2013

A seer reads Earl Haraldson's future and tells him that Ragnar searches for his death; Haraldson intends to take precautionary measures.

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Air date: Apr 7, 2013

Ragnar must meet the Earl head-on after it comes to light that Rollo has been tortured on Haraldson's order.

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Air date: Apr 14, 2013

Three Viking ships sail upriver towards the Royal Villa of King Aelle; Ragnar looks for ransom in exchange for peace.

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Air date: Apr 21, 2013

The traditional pilgrimage to Uppsalla brings a torrent of emotions for Ragnar, Lagertha, and Athelstan; Athelstan discovers just how strong his Christian faith still is.

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Air date: Apr 28, 2013

Ragnar assembles a small party to travel to Gotaland to resolve a land dispute with Jarl Borg; a plague takes a toll on the village of Kattegat.

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Cast & Crew

Travis Fimmel
Ragnar Lothbrok

Actor
Gabriel Byrne
Earl Haraldson

Actor
Gustaf Skarsgård
Floki

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Katheryn Winnick
Lagertha

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Jessalyn Gilsig
Siggy Haraldson

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George Blagden
Athelstan

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Clive Standen
Rollo

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Ivan Kaye
King Aelle

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Michael Hirst
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Morgan O'Sullivan
Executive Producer
John Weber
Executive Producer
Sherry Marsh
Executive Producer
Alan Gasmer
Executive Producer
James Flynn
Executive Producer
Sheila Hockin
Executive Producer
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  • Jul 21, 2021
    Very interesting series (all seasons). Thoroughly enjoyed, extremely well made, well-acted, fascinating.
  • Jun 08, 2021
    Really loved the first season of Vikings. It's a good show overall and must see.
  • Jun 06, 2021
    Decent Ragnar is crazy but fine.
  • May 22, 2021
    This show is good, but not excellent. It just doesn't feel as realistic and I wanted it to be.
  • May 22, 2021
    Lovedit, started watching this whit my mom but if you want an advice. Watch this only til season 3, after that it just went dowhill
  • May 20, 2021
    A visceral, bold and original take on an old civilization, for many years people advised me to watch this show and now I understand why. Vikings is an historical drama about one of the most famous.civilizations that has left its impact across the globe and has inspired many media outlets to create myths and stories around their existence, and now we are blessed with (a close) depiction of how it was to live among them all those years ago. I have always been fascinated by ancient civilizations and the people that came before us who shaped the world, foreign individuals meeting each other, cultures clashing, all of that before the modern age is a topic that have always fascinated me. This show specifically got me hooked from the start due to mainly one thing that I believe is its strongest feature - the realism of the Viking way of living, it's raw, and although history books are a bit foggy in what was real and what it wasn't, considering the current knowledge of what was left from historians through the ages, this is probably the most accurate and best depiction of what Vikings actually were and how they lived in society. Starting with their rituals, their farming background, the celebrations and of course the exploration and raiding, everything seems organic and natural. Of course none of this would be possible if it wasn't for the main character which is the heart of the show, Ragnar Lothbrok the legendary Viking hero depicted in an outstanding way by Travis Fimmel. He give us a honest and engaging depiction of the legendary hero, and he gave it all out, so much that the bits of the story without him are definitely not the same. The first 3 seasons are the peak of the show, all of the described above makes the show great, of course there are always creative liberties as well as some mythology mixed with the realism but that makes you even more drawn into this world, then it seems as in all TV shows they became greedy and decided to stretch things. Not only the last 3 seasons are double the episodes (which based on the story line is completely unnecessary) but they struggle (a lot) in finding the proper course for the series. Half way to season 4 (major spoiler ahead) where we lose Ragnar,the writers are faced with the challenge, since they also decided to tell the stories of Ragnar sons, of discovering how to take a great formula and make it good without its heart, and for me none of the chosen actors were even close to what we got from Travis, it even seemed that at some point Bjorn was emulating is mannerisms without a remote success. The result although not awful is miles away from the first three seasons, we are introduced to his sons whom without exception are all unlikable (some more than others of course) and although you create some connection to them as the show moves, there is a countless number of random characters placed in the later seasons that disappear as fast as they appear and for which you feel no connection, they are suppose to be support or side sub-plots, all of them heartless and boring. Then when we get close to the final conclusion, and don't get me wrong there are some good moments here and there despite of the ridiculous sub-plots, we are presented with a blend finale, some major characters (despite being unlikable) met strange ends, like Ivar or Harald, and for me personally one of the worst and irrelevant characters still makes it to end somehow, with a terrible outcome, I am talking about the awful Hvitserk who should've been sent away since the moment he appeared, completely irrelevant and out of personality The real ending is Ubbe's, him and Floki living on a new world (modern day Canada) and we get a glimpse of what eventually is the ending of the Viking era as they live among other new cultures, with this, he accomplished what Ragnar always wanted, not to rule but to explore and get to know new cultures and worlds, and for this reason, I am giving the high rate, all the first three and half seasons were spectacular and it would easily be a 10, unfortunately the last ones ruin the final score.
  • May 08, 2021
    The idea of a series on the Vikings is great but the series itself is average at best. Other than Travis Fimmel as Ragnar the acting is mediocre to terrible and the script is shallow compared to, say, Game of Thrones. It passes the time but try to find something else if you can
  • Mar 21, 2021
    Mi annoiava molto speravo fosse molto più bella
  • Jan 13, 2021
    An incredible start to an incredible show. If you are a fan of Historical dramas including the Last Kingdom or Game of Thrones you will enjoy it. Its fast pace and excellent characters and story make this first season gripping throughout. One of my favourite shows and I highly recommend it.
  • Jan 04, 2021
    A beautiful series which i followed all along with their journey. I always rated it the best show ever watched by me but the 2nd part of the 6th season was complete bullshit, total crap and filled with disappointment. Would have been real happy if the series would have ended at the end of season 5 at the high. I still am very frustrated with the utter rubbish's in the last 10 episodes of the 6th season. If i ever get my hands on the writer i would cut them off. After soo many good seasons, half the season destroyed the reputation of Vikings.

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