History Channel: Vikings

The immensely popular mini-series, Vikings, season 2 is slated to air on February 27, 2014 on Dish Network History Channel. The first season covers the exploits of the historical figure Ragnar Lothbrok, a Viking warrior who purportedly led an attack on Lindisfarne, a monastery in England.

Season One

Season one of Vikings introduced us to Ragnar Lothbrok, his wife, shieldmaiden Legertha, and other characters in the town. Ragnar is quickly shown at odds with Earl Haraldson, Ragnar’s chieftain, who wants his warriors to raid the east instead of going to the west. It is this conflict between two strong characters that drives the series. We see not only violence and ambition but fellowship, loyalty, and friendship throughout the series.

Who Was Ragnar Lothbrok?

Like many stories during Viking times, it’s tough to know if Ragnar Lothbrok did indeed exist. The name, “Lothbrok” means “Hairy Breeches,” possibly due to wearing pants made from animal skins. He was claimed to be the son of the king of Sweden, Sigurd Ring. His sons are historical figures, so perhaps there is something to the Ragnar Lothbrok legend. Also claimed to be the scourge of both England and France, Ragnar is said to have actually taken on Charlemagne at one time.

Various poems and sagas have made him as either King of Denmark or King of Sweden with different predecessors and successors. Nonetheless, Ragnar Lothbrok seems to capture the imagination.

What’s in Store for Season 2?

A sneak peak of Season 2 on Dish Network History Channel already shows us that the divide between Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel) and his older brother, Rollo (Clive Standen), comes to all out war. Rollo, incidentally, is a figure who ends up founding Normandy. If the screenwriter, Michael Hirst, chose the Rollo who founded Normandy, he interwove a bit of fiction with nonfiction, but makes for an interesting tale that ties together nicely.

We see the rest of the favorites in the cast Floki (Gustaf Skarsgård), Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) and Athelstan (George Blagden), but where the story will go is anyone’s guess. No doubt there will be more raids, more battles, more intrigue, and more conflict, especially since Ragnar has been particularly entranced with Aslaug. If Season 2 is anything like Season 1, it will prove a very exciting and popular series on the Dish Network History Channel.