Vikings: Season 5 (2017 - 2018)



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


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Air date: Nov 29, 2017
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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 (10) | Top Critics (3)

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…

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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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 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…

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…

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