First Look at History Channel’s Vikings

The History Channel is known for its documentary series, but starting in March it will be making a foray into scripted programming with new drama Vikings, which “portrays the world of these Dark Age raiders, traders, explorers – not from an outsider’s view, but, through the eyes of Viking society.” Here’s a quick teaser to get you in the mood:

From the press release about the premiere:

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 ofRagnar Lothbrok (Travis FimmelThe BeastBaytown 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 ByrneIn TreatmentUsual SuspectsMillers 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.

VIKINGS will chart Ragnar’s ambitions to discover civilizations across the great ocean to the west as well as his inevitable conflicts along the way. With the help of his jester friend Floki, (Gustaf SkarsgardThe Way Back), they build a new generation of boats – faster, sleeker and more beautifully crafted than anything else on the sea.

The series will also delve into how the Vikings – the last pagans – worshipped ancient gods like Odin, Thor, Freya and Loki. Ragnar claims to be a direct descendant of the Norse god Odin, who, as well as being the god of warriors slain in battle, is also the god of curiosity.

Joining Fimmel, Byrne and Skarsgard are Katheryn Winnick (Bones, Love and Other Drugs, The Black Marksas Lagertha, a fierce shield maiden and Ragnar’s wife; Jessalyn Gilsig (GleeHeroesNip/TuckFriday Night Lightsas Siggy, Earl Haraldson’s beautiful wife; George Blagden (Les Miserables, Wrath of the Titansas Athelstan, a young, innocent Christian monk captured by Ragnar on his first raid on England and Clive Standen(Camelot, Robin Hoodas Rollo, Ragnar’s impulsive, wild, care-free brother.

Vikings premieres on the History Channel on Sunday, March 3 at 10/9c. (It will also air on HISTORY in Canada, and we’ll let you know a premiere date when we get one.) We’ll have more Vikings for you as the premiere approaches!

(Image and video courtesy of the History Channel.)

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