Vikings: Season 5 (2017 - 2019)


Season 5

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Brutal battles and epic quests help Vikings' fifth season remain an engaging, exciting journey.



Critic Ratings: 11


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Air date: Nov 29, 2017

Part 1 of 2. Tensions mount between the sons of Ragnar Lothbrok as the Vikings continue to threaten the very heart of England. As the 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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Air date: Nov 29, 2017

Conclusion. As the Vikings establish their stronghold in York, Ivar is determined to lead the Great Army. Meanwhile, in Kattegat, Lagertha misjudges King Harald and pays a heavy price; and Floki arrives in a mysterious land.

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Air date: Dec 6, 2017

Celebrations are cut short in the aftermath of the battle at York; Ragnar Lothbrok's sons are pitted against each other as tensions reach an all-time high, and each is forced to choose a side.

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Air date: Dec 13, 2017

Guided by Bishop Heahmund's visions, the Saxons devise a battle plan. Meanwhile, Ivar the Boneless strategizes on his own as the Vikings face increasing pressure; and 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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Air date: Dec 20, 2017

Ivar meets his match in Bishop Heahmund, while Floki returns to Kattegat, and Bjorn receives a lavish welcome in North Africa.

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Air date: Dec 27, 2017

Lagertha is betrayed, and Bjorn must find a way to support the distraught queen. Meanwhile, Floki and his settlers arrive in a new land, but it is far from what they expected.

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Air date: Jan 3, 2018

Bjorn returns to Kattegat to learn that an attack is to take place during the next full moon. Meanwhile, Ivar must decide if he can place his trust in a former enemy on the battlefield.

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Air date: Jan 10, 2018

The battle for Kattegat begins, and as the two armies line up to fight, the Great Heathen Army must decide between a final plea for peace or all-out war. Meanwhile, Floki faces discord among the settlers.

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Air date: Jan 17, 2018

The army leaders consider their options in the aftermath of the battle. Meanwhile, in Floki's camp, all hopes of binding the community together are dashed as tragedy unfolds.

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Air date: Jan 24, 2018

A sense of doom looms over Kattegat as bloodshed ensues, but as the defeated army flees in the face of the victors, a legendary warrior makes his way home.

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Season five begins with Ivar the Boneless asserting his leadership over the Great Heathen Army, while Lagertha reigns as Queen of Kattegat. Ivar's murder of his brother Sigurd sets the stage for vicious battles to come as Ragnar's sons plot their next moves after avenging their father's death. Bjorn follows his destiny into the Mediterranean Sea and Floki who is suffering from the loss of his wife Helga, takes to the seas submitting himself to the will of the Gods. This season is full of startling alliances and unbelievable betrayals as the Vikings fight to rule the world. Jonathan Rhys Meyers ("The Tudors") joins the cast in season five as "Bishop Heahmund" along with series regulars Katheryn Winnick ("Lagertha"), Gustaf Skarsgård ("Floki"), Alexander Ludwig ("Bjorn") and Alex Høgh Andersen ("Ivar the Boneless").

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Critic Reviews for Vikings Season 5

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (3)

In a distant land where mountains chug inky blackness into the sky and waves crash on infinite beaches, Floki finds what he believes to be his destiny.

Nov 30, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…

In a two-part premiere entertainingly packed with incident and undeniably affecting moments, the pieces all have enough luster to at least give hope that they will fit together in a new, compelling shape.

Nov 30, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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As for the long view, settle in. Look to the lessons learned, and still being learned in thrilling, shocking ways by Lagertha and her fellow women warriors on Vikings.

Nov 29, 2017 | Full Review…

Rich and gritty, this History Channel drama brings the ancient Norse world to life in the most unique way.

Apr 22, 2019 | Full Review…

Rather than the renewal I was hoping for in the back half of Season 5, the show continues to falter, an unfortunate mix of melodrama, one-note characters and absurd fantasy parading as historical fiction.

Dec 11, 2018 | Full Review…

While it may lack the budget or the big names of that show, Vikings nonetheless still engages, entertains and enthralls, thanks to a winning cast, grounded-in-history plotlines and bloody battles and sexy moments that push the boundaries.

Dec 1, 2017 | Full Review…

Michael Hirst's decision to balance the psychological intrigue of Lagertha and Floki's situations with the actions of Ivar and his Christian foes gets the story off to a magnificent start.

Nov 30, 2017 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Vikings season 5 may feel like the show is starting over but it does so confidently, and without erasing the past.

Nov 30, 2017 | Full Review…

No matter how many seasons this show has been on, the fight scenes continue to impress.

Nov 30, 2017 | Rating: 4.8/5 | Full Review…

Vikings gave us a lot to chew on during its Season 5 opener as the aftermath of Sigurd's death has led to tension between the remaining brothers, a boat trip to beyond for Floki, and Lagertha confronting the man who tried to secretly overthrow her.

Nov 30, 2017 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

As usual, Vikings is a bloody good mix of medieval sex and violence, family drama and even a little bit of authentic history.

Nov 27, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Vikings: Season 5

  • Jul 15, 2020
    Vikings Season 5 | Detailed note: 8.5
  • Jun 21, 2020
    I loved the first 3 seasons. Season 4 things started to take a downturn. Now the show is almost like a parody. Its pretty empty and boring now. All the good actors are gone. Season 4 was the end of this show for me.
  • Jun 15, 2020
    Vikings remains a masterpiece as always !!! Best Serie ever!!!
  • Jun 06, 2020
    Compared to previous seasons, I was disappointed when I watched this season. Nothing happens. Ivar starts thinking he is a god and the rest is just chilling/fighting in England without much progress. I really think they could tell the same plot in half the number of episodes. It felt like they made a complete season of a side story which would be 'a small chapter' in the big book of Vikings.
  • May 30, 2020
    I'm so glad this show is still going because it is so good. It is the best show on, it my opinion.
  • May 17, 2020
    This show died with ragnar.
  • May 08, 2020
    This show is so slow and boring
  • Apr 05, 2020
    Great acting, plot and cinematography
  • Mar 19, 2020
    This series is one of the best hack-em-up productions ever made. Iconic. What would Lagertha say ?
  • Feb 07, 2020
    This show is definitely not what it once was. How it is rated so high is beyond me. Story lines are dragging, characters are not accomplishing much. The plot has 200 different angles. The characters left aside from Bjorn, Lagatha and Ubbe are all just secondary.

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