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Vikings: Season 2 (2014)

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Critic Consensus: Vikings makes up for its slow pace with captivating characters and visual appeal.

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In Season 2 of "Vikings," Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel) forges an uneasy truce between King Horik of Denmark (Donal Logue) and Jarl Borg of Gotäland (Thorbjørn Harr). However, his victory comes with a price: his family falling apart. Nonetheless, Ragnar pushes on with his plans to raid and conquer England with Horik's aid. In England, they encounter the wily King Ecbert of Wessex (Linus Roache), who thwarts the Viking invasion at every turn. Back at home in Kattegat, trouble brews and leads to betrayal and destruction. Ragnar is forced to put his plans of conquest on hold to restore order to his home. What he achieves is more than what he came home for. "Vikings" also stars Katheryn Winnick as Lagertha, Alyssa Sutherland as Princess Aslaug, Clive Standen as Rollo, George Blagden as Athelstan, Jessalyn Gilsig as Siggy, Gustaf Skarsgård as Floki, and Alexander Ludwig as Bjorn Ironside.

Cast

Travis Fimmel
as Ragnar Lothbrok
George Blagden
as Athelstan
Linus Roache
as King Ecbert
Donal Logue
as King Horik
Thorbjørn Harr
as Jarl Borg
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Critic Reviews for Vikings: Season 2

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (5)

Vikings has emerged in its second season as a series of appreciably higher quality. Its characters and storytelling, all within a world quite unlike any other on the TV landscape, have gone far beyond the cardboard stage.

February 27, 2014 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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One of the things I love most about Vikings is how visually arresting it is. It has one of the most haunting opening credit sequences that I've ever seen.

March 4, 2014 | Full Review…

The reasons for Vikings success stem from its stellar casting, and top-notch writing from Tudors veteran Michael Hirst.

March 4, 2014 | Full Review…

The series greatest strength is the sense that we're visiting a culture, a people that has been so mysterious; that we're seeing both the mundane and extraordinary aspects of what a Viking's life may have been.

March 4, 2014 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

This gorgeously shot drama -- and it's one of the most visually striking shows on TV -- is simple but not simplistic, and that's a crucial distinction.

March 4, 2014 | Full Review…

The best of what Vikings has to offer, besides artfully, horrifically staged sequences of warfare, is fierce Lagertha. Played by Katheryn Winnick (a black-belt tae kwon do teacher in a past life), she may be the most exciting feminist character on TV.

March 21, 2014 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Vikings: Season 2

½

ChrisB.

Super Reviewer

It's slightly more polished than Season 1 but most of it's problems remain, like the poor dialogues, the overexposition and characters that lack any decent evolution or motivations. Take Siggy for example, exacly what makes her so hungry for power? Is there anything behind that desire? We're left clueless as she shifts alliances here and there and that doesn't help any TV show. Lagertha still manages to be the most interesting thing going on the series thanks to the good work of Katheryn Winnick and to those who lust for some nice epic battles, you got plenty here.

Francisco G.

Super Reviewer

As with many shows, it is in its sophomore season that Vikings finds sure footing, and although the first episode of season 2 feels like it probably should have instead been the first season's finale, the show overall takes form as its own animal.

GimlyM.

Super Reviewer

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