Vikings: Season 3 (2015)


Season 3

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Vikings continues its onslaught of engrossing action, intrigue, and characters, led by Michael Hirst's strong vision of Norse legend.



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Air date: Feb 19, 2015
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Series 3 of Vikings begins with the raiding party exploring the new world, whilst Ragnar attempts to deal with his new role as King. In this series, the endless clash between believing in God and the Norse Gods finally reaches its peak and potentially creates a point of no return between Floki, Athelstan and Ragnar.

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Critic Reviews for Vikings Season 3

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (4)

Vikings remains at the top of its bloody game, with Fimmel still commanding the role he was born to play in a series that fully immerses itself in a world of wonder and plunder.

Feb 19, 2015 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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Jumping back into History's Vikings has brought me nothing but joy.

Apr 10, 2015 | Full Review…

In the first three episodes there is enough intrigue and bloodletting to keep fans watching.

Mar 10, 2015 | Full Review…

These men and women have a lot more to offer than just their shields and axes.

Feb 20, 2015 | Full Review…

From a fandom standpoint, I think it's awesome that Lagertha is not only back in the thick of it, but with her own lands and title to boot.

Feb 20, 2015 | Rating: 8.2/10 | Full Review…

This series has a lot going for it -- it's all up to Hirst now to find the right balance once again.

Feb 20, 2015 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
Top Critic

From the very first day it aired, Vikings has proven something special. The show never suffers even a single dull moment.

Feb 19, 2015 | Rating: 8.5/10 | Full Review…

Vikings is reliably badass, if you like that sort of thing.

Feb 19, 2015 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

If you just want tales of seafaring derring-do and Ye Olde Odin-inspired battles, Vikings will supply what you need.

Feb 18, 2015 | Full Review…

While this is essentially the popcorn version of a quality serialized drama -- with more overt appeal to men than most -- Vikings is the sort of nifty endeavor that can give the idea of shamelessly marauding in search of loot a good name.

Feb 17, 2015 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Vikings: Season 3

  • Aug 02, 2016
    The religious overtones and romantic subplots pf Vikings have always been present, but it is in this third season that they are most prevalent, unfortunately to the detriment of the series. Where before they enhanced the story, this time around they detract from it. However they more than make up for this minor issue in other ways.
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  • Jun 03, 2018
    Season 3 of Vikings outpaces seasons 1 and 2 and expands the geographical and historical scope. Ragnar remains charismatic and ambitious, but his motivations are adjusting to his new role as leader. Lagertha struggles with power and trust. Her relationship with Ragnar has survived, but it too has fundamentally changed. Bjorn's innocent proves to be his weakness, while his father has sacrificed his on the altar of secular authority. In England and France, Queen Kwenthrith and Princess Gisla are both leveraged against Ragnar, but like chess, I anticipate they prove to be more powerful, survivable, and adaptable than Kings. Adaptability is something Ragnar struggles with too, and it proves to be a catalyst for dramatic loss in Season 3. Vikings is bigger, better, and showing no signs of slowing down. Which is a great thing - everything about the story is morally uncertain which borders on hyper-realistic. On the more subtle side, ideas about motivation, legitimacy, ethnocentricity, nationalism, loyalty, and sexism are incorporated into this great and very violent historical context, making it one of the most fluent representations of humanity in media.
  • Jan 05, 2018
    Loved it. Great characters, story, and action. You can notice a budget increase in this season as you get larger, more beautiful scenes and much bigger battles. The action continues to ramp up as the show progresses. Despite being a show about blood thirty raiders, this show will definitely pull at your heart strings. In that regard, there are several painful moments in this season. Just shows how well the crew can get you invested in to the well written and acted characters. Bravo. Probably my favorite show at the moment. Starts a bit slow with season one but continues to improves with each season. Put the time in, I promise that it is worth it. My only complaint is the lack of historical accuracy from the History channel. I understand them putting certain characters like Ragnar and Rollo together despite the time difference; they want a few groups of connected characters with a series that smoothly stretches over maybe 3 generations of characters whom you have either been with from the beginning or watched grow up. I get not doing certain events exactly how they happened during history. However, they have well groomed and bathed Norse walking around with nappy hair and faces constantly covered in dirt with the Saxons being well groomed. This is the opposite of the truth; the 'vikings' were very clean and well groomed, far more than the Saxons. They have them walking around in drab brown and black biker gear when they would have worn colorful cloths just like everyone else. The main characters would have been wearing maille armor and some of the best looking helmets of all time. Those who couldn't afford it would have been wearing heavy clothing. No king or eorl would be fighting in biker gear. Plus, I would like the History channel to treat armor like, perhaps, armor; it would make the fights more interesting and the armor could actually have a point in the show when it does exist. Though they want their main characters to be easily identifiable on the battle field, and thus they don't give them helmets, despite the fact that that is the most important piece of armor worn and the first piece anyone buys, you could have done it very well. Have Ragnar go on that 1st and 2nd raid with no armor. Maybe even have him talk about the helmet he will buy with the spoils before the eorl takes everything so that it feels good when he finally gets it after the second raid. After, show him using some loot to buy a very unique and badass looking spectacle helm (no one else will have anything like it making him easily identifiable even from the back). Then you could, after a battle, show Torstin picking up a helmet he took off one of the Saxon dead while Ragnar tries on some maille. Or, just have him wearing a maille shirt with his unique helmet (which he only puts on right before battle) at the first battle after he becomes an eorl. The shield wall battles from season 2 were awesome. I don't know why they went to the idiotic Braveheart style where everyone from each side is just randomly mixed together in a mob and fighting one-on-one battles (because that is stupid and never happened). Battles with actual shield walls and battle lines are more intense and you can actually show tactics and strategy; display some of Ragnar or Ivar's mental talents. They just missed the ball on a lot of the historical stuff from what the 'vikings' looked like, how battles were fought, etc. that they not only could've easily done but would've drastically improved the show. Still a great show though.
  • Nov 25, 2017
    Great. This series covered so much ground in ten episodes. Whilst the justification for such dangerous exploits felt weak at a couple of points, we had a great time with this season. 'Vikings' continues to be packed with serious amounts of action, intrigue, and humor, but it is the excellent characters that keep my eyes firmly locked on the screen.
  • Nov 06, 2017
    Dense, powerful and well developed thriller of a season. Don't have much to say about this third season except is the best Vikings has to offer storywise, characterwise and visually. It sets the bar really high for the franchise.
  • Oct 21, 2017
    And the great writing, storyline and production value continues to grow.
  • May 30, 2017
    Love this program, just angery it took me so long to fine it.
  • Apr 05, 2017
    I power watched this season - loved it.
  • Nov 23, 2016
    More of the show's strengths (legends, language exploration) are here, along with some more not-so-inspired dialogue.
  • Oct 28, 2016
    Rollo for King of France

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