Shows like “Game of Thrones” get much of widespread genre love, but there are plenty of other series that involve a large ensemble cast, period settings and costumes, intense action sequences, and insightful examinations of social and political issues. Look no further than the History Channel’s historical drama series “Vikings,” which follows the exploits of legendary Viking chieftain Ragnar Lothbrok. Inspired by Norse sagas like “Ragnars saga Loðbrókar” and “Ragnarssona þáttr,” the series examines the raiders, traders, and explorers who wished to conquer new lands and discover civilizations around the world. Watch an exclusive sneak peek from the new season that was shown at the “Vikings” panel at Comic Con today.
The series was created by Michael Hirst, who previously created, wrote, and executive produced the Showtime historical drama “The Tudors,” and wrote and directed the films “Elizabeth” and its sequel “Elizabeth: The Golden Age,” starring Cate Blanchett and Geoffrey Rush. “Vikings” stars Travis Fimmel (“Maggie’s Plan”), Katheryn Winnick (“The Art of the Steal”), Clive Standen (“Dr. Who”), Gustaf Skarsgård (“The Way Back”), Alexander Ludwig (“The Hunger Games”), Alyssa Sutherland (“The Devil Wears Prada”), Lothaire Bluteau (“24”), and more. It debuted in March of 2013.
The first part of the fourth season of “Vikings” concluded this past April. The second part of the season will premiere this fall only on the History Channel