Ragnar. Lagertha. Floki. Rollo. Helga. Bjorn.
If you’ve ever dreamed of what the Viking world had been like, if you could spend a week in the world of any of your favorite television shows, MGM and History Channel’s Vikings series should be at the top of your list. Nobody knows what it was like to live in any period of the past. We rely on histories passed orally and in writing. But it’s hard to imagine anyone getting so much more right than what the writers and art directors on Vikings have done. The fourth season opener, which premieres in two weeks, is a relentless volley of action, excitement, and gritty drama. After building conflicts, and the bloodiest most realistic battles on TV, it all comes together this season. We’ve previewed the first four episodes of the season and Vikings could be on its way to be the year’s best drama.
This season History Channel has also added four episodes to its initial 16 episode order. Beginning February 18, a new episode will air every Thursday for ten weeks with the remaining episodes to air later in the year. Season three culminated with the battle in Paris, where Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) was victorious but returned to Kattegat nearly dead, leaving the legendary scheming of those around him–his wife Queen Aslaug (Alyssa Sutherland) and his oldest son, Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig). Meanwhile the driven Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) develops a new relationship with her former lieutenant Kalf (Ben Robson), Rollo (Clive Standen) betrays all by remaining in France and the incredible character Floki (Gustaf Skarsgård) must answer for the death of the Christian priest Athelstan. And King Ecbert (Linus Roache) strategizes to defend Wessex from Ragnar.
New to the cast this year is Peter Franzén (The Gunman) as King Harold Finehair, a man who seeks to be King of Norway and a potential threat to Ragnar, Jasper Pääkkönen (Jet Trash) as Halfdan The Black, King Harold’s younger brother; and Dianne Doan (Descendants) as Yidu, a true newcomer to the world of the Vikings who fascinates both Ragnar and Aslaug.
Vikings series creator and sole writer Michael Hirst (Academy Award for Elizabeth and the Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for The Tudors) has not let up with the intrigue and epic tales in season 4 of the series. The opening episode will be one of the best hours of television you watch this year.
Check out these previews from season 4 of Vikings:
Vikings, Season 4, begins Thursday, February 18, 2016, at 9 p.m. Central on the History Channel.