“Vikings” debuts March 3 on HISTORY
The nine-part scripted series “Vikings,” starring Travis Fimmel, Gabriel Byrne, Gustaf Skarsgard and Jessalyn Gilsig, premieres at 9 p.m. Sunday, March 3, on HISTORY.
Details on “Vikings,” provided by HISTORY, are as follows:
The word “Viking” has been synonymous with brutality, terror, and mystery ever since the first Norse warriors appeared along the coasts of England and France at the end of the eighth century. Their notoriety for barbarianism without pity was an important part of the mythology that grew up around them. And while Vikings are still characterized as such in popular culture, the reality is much more complex, visceral, and powerful than their reputation suggests.
The extraordinary tales of the lives and epic adventures of these warriors are told in “Vikings.” The drama portrays the world of these Dark Age raiders, traders, explorers not from an outsider’s view, but, through the eyes of Viking society.
While “Vikings” is filled with conflict, warfare and bloodshed, for these were extreme times it is a family saga at heart. It follows the adventures of Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel, The Beast, Baytown Outlaws), a curious, compelling man who is always looking to break through barriers and discover new worlds to conquer. A young farmer and family man, Ragnar is deeply frustrated by the unadventurous policies of his local chieftain, Earl Haraldson (Gabriel Byrne, In Treatment, Usual Suspects, Millers Crossing), who continues to send his Vikings raiders east every summer, to the Baltic states and Russia, whose populations are as materially poor as themselves.
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