Vikings premiers on History Channel


Speed was at the sneak preview of History Channel’s new original series Vikings, portraying the life and times of one of the most notorious warriors in the Dark Ages. The nine-part series just premiered on September 29, and airs every Sunday at 10pm. It is the network’s biggest gamble yet, with a $40 million budget. Vikings is gaining good reviews and here are five reasons why you should watch it: 1. Axe-swinging action and adventure In Vikings you’ll see public beheading, ruthless sword fighting, and raging storms at sea. That’s just a regular day at work for Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel). Ragnar seeks to explore West of Scandinavia to a rumored land called England. But his chieftain, Earl Heraldson (Gabriel Byrne), is short-sighted and always sends his troops to the East, where the people are as impoverished as them. Ragnar gathers his men and journeys to the West, regardless of the Earl’s disapproval. Something to note: It’s never wise to be on an Earl’s watch list. 2. The warrior princess The Scarlett Johansson resemblance may be why Ragnar’s wife, Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick), is getting indecent offers the minute his husband walks out the door—once, even just to piss. But tough luck for everyone, this shield maiden is as good a warrior as his husband. Yep, domestic fights are more action-packed. In real life, Katheryn does her own stunts being a third-degree black belter in Tae Kwon Do and a second-degree black belter in Karate. 3. A bit of family drama Ragnar: What does a man do? Bjorn (Ragnar’s 14-year-old son): He fights. And he looks after his family. 4. Tudors writer Michael Hirst Michael Hirst has written and produced every episode of this series as well as The Tudors. He is also known for films such as Elizabeth Golden Age (2007) and Academy award-winning Elizabeth (1998). 5. You can win a Harley Davidson That one’s unexpected. As a bonus to watching this critically-acclaimed series, History is giving out a Harley Davidson to one lucky viewer after each episode. Go to for more details. Words Elaine Cotoner