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Photo Credit:  HISTORY
  • Premiered: 
    March 3, 2013
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  • Network: History
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Drama
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Created by Michael Hirst 
  • Subject Matter: Historical
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Plot Synopsis

This scripted drama series chronicles the adventures of Ragnar Lothbrok, an actual historical figure, and his band of Viking brothers and his family, as he searches for ways to break through barriers while discovering new worlds to conquer. Ragnar is a young farmer and family man, but he's also a fearless warrior deeply frustrated by the unadventurous policies of his local chieftain, Earl Haraldson, who continues to send his Viking raiders east every summer to the Baltic states and Russia, whose populations are as materially poor as themselves. Plus, legend has it that Ragnar is a direct descendent of Odin, the god of war and warriors, and because of his proud ancestry and frustration with Haraldson, he seeks civilizations across the great ocean to the west by building a new generation of boats that are faster, sleeker and more beautifully crafted than anything else on the sea. Along the way, Ragnar will engage the inevitable conflicts that arise, as he continues the Norsemen tradition of raiding, trading and exploring, with the help of others: his jester friend Floki, who helped him build the fleet of boats; Lagertha, a fierce shield maiden and his wife; his children, Bjorn and Gyda; Athelstan, a young, innocent Christian monk captured by Ragnar on his first raid on England; and Rollo, his impulsive, wild, care-free brother. In the Season 1 finale, which aired Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 10pm ET/PT, Ragnar, acting on behalf of King Horic, assembled a small party to travel to Gotaland to resolve a land dispute; meanwhile, a plague took a toll on the village of Kattegat and another woman walked into Ragnar's life. VIKINGS returned for its 10-episode second season on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 10pm ET/PT on History. Ragnar, now an Earl in Season 2, is allied with King Horrik, and with more power than ever before, his desire to sail west and explore new kingdoms remains unquenchable. Yet there's a heavy price to pay for Ragnar's ascent to greatness. Brothers rise up against one another. Loyalties shift from friend to foe, and unlikely alliances are formed in the name of supremacy. Ragnar's indiscretions threaten his marriage to Lagertha, tearing him and his beloved son apart. In the second season finale, Ragnar and King Horik return to Kattegat and the final showdown between two Viking leaders is at hand; meanwhile, Ragnar has placed his trust in those who have stood by him and now the time has come for new alliances to be made. VIKINGS returned for its 10-episode third season on Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 10pm ET/PT on History, with Ragnar as King and the new season following the great responsibility that now rests on the shoulders of the former farmer. With the promise of new land from the English, Ragnar leads his people to an uncertain fate on the shores of Wessex. King Ecbert has made many promises and it remains to be seen if he will keep them. But ever the restless wanderer, Ragnar is searching for something more -- and he finds it in the mythical city of Paris. Rumored to be impenetrable to outside forces, Ragnar and his band of Norsemen must come together to break down its walls and cement the Vikings legend in history. Plus, the family saga of Ragnar, Rollo, Lagertha and Bjorn continues as alliances and loyal friendships are questioned, faith is catechized and relationships are strained. VIKINGS returned for its 20-episode fourth season on Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 10pm ET/PT on History, immediately following an all-day marathon (7am-10pm) of encore episodes from the second and third seasons. Season 3 culminated with the extraordinary battle in Paris, where Ragnar seized victory from the jaws of defeat -- but still returns to Kattegat dangerously ill. Thoughts of his death galvanize the forces who seek to succeed him as king, including his wife Queen Aslaug and his oldest son, Bjorn. Meanwhile, Lagertha continues power struggles with her calculating, former second in command, Kalf; Rollo betrays his Vikings heritage by remaining in Frankia and Floki is seized for his brutal actions to the Christian priest Athelstan. Joining the cast in Season 4 are Peter Franzen as King Harald Finehair, a complex character who seeks to be King of Norway and a potential threat to Ragnar; Jasper Paakkonen as Halfdan The Black, King Harold's violent younger brother; and Dianne Doan as Yidu, a completely different character within the world of the Vikings who fascinates Ragnar. VIKINGS, filled with calamity, revenge and death, returned for the second half of its fourth season on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 9pm ET/PT on History, immediately following "The Saga of Ragnar Lothbrok," a new one-hour special (8-9pm) that recaps the previous 3.5 seasons. Earlier this season, after being defeated in a monumental battle in Paris against his brother Rollo, Ragnar disappeared following his humiliating loss. VIKINGS then took an enormous leap forward during the midseason finale, time-jumping to a new era in its characters' lives. In the midseason premiere, Ragnar's reappearance in Kattegat triggers a chain of events no one -- except the Seer -- could have ever imagined. He unexpectedly arrives home to see what has become of his sons and to handle unfinished business in Wessex with King Ecbert. Meanwhile, Lagertha plans a power play in Kattegat and Bjorn prepares to fulfill his long-held dream to explore the Mediterranean in a sleek new boat built for him by Floki. "This season is monumental and unlike anything we've ever done," said Michael Hirst, creator and writer. "We've propelled VIKINGS to the topmost level of historical drama as we follow storylines inspired by real life events such as Bjorn Ironside sailing through the Mediterranean and Ivar the Boneless becoming the most feared warrior of all time. It's not a story of one man, but a saga of Ragnar and his sons."
On Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 9pm ET/PT, History premiered the Season 4 finale of VIKINGS. In the season ender, "The Reckoning," Prince Aethelwulf finds himself subject to the Vikings' battle master plan. Ecbert remains behind with a plan of his own. Ten months earlier -- on March 17, 2016 -- History picked up a 20-episode fifth season of VIKINGS, with Jonathan Rhys Meyers joining the cast for Season 5.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Meyer
  • In association with Take 5 Productions
  • In association with Octagon Films

Firsts, Lasts & Notable Notes

  • March 3, 2013: First scripted drama series for History Channel.

Births, Deaths & Weddings

  • April 7, 2013: Earl Haraldson dies
  • April 10, 2014: Jarl Borg dies
  • May 1, 2014: King Horik dies
  • March 12, 2015: Siggy dies
  • March 26, 2015: Athelstan dies
  • April 23, 2015: Bishop Edmund dies
  • November 21, 2016: Queen Aslaug dies
  • December 28, 2016: Ragnar Lothbrok dies