The image of a Viking is something that captivates every child's mind in primary school. The story of the battle hard Norsemen has been taught in history classes across Europe. I can remember being lucky enough to go on a school field trip to Jorvik Viking Centre in York and being totally captivated by these terrifying raiders that wreaked havoc across northern Europe.
Vikings came onto our screens around the same time that Game of Thrones was taking the world by storm. And being a fan of Thrones, what I loved about Vikings is its reference to historical fact. The costumes and sets are amazing and totally convincing, mix this with a strong cast and Vikings is a great series to watch. Season one does start off quite slow, but given the complexities of the characters, you very quickly understand why the writer took this approach.
Viewers are provided with an intimate connection with Ragnar, his wife Lagertha, his brother Rollo (Clive Standen from Taken) and close friend/master boat builder Floki, as we follow them rise into legend. The pace builds quickly once Ragnar realises his ambitions and we are treated to spectacular battles in different countries that are suitably bloody leaving little to the imagination.
Vikings currently has five seasons for you to binge on with each episode lasting on average 45 minutes. It is very easy to sit and watch four or five episodes one after the other especially once the story gathers pace. Season six will be the last and is now in production. The release date is yet to come, but it looks like it will be out in late 2019 or early 2020.
This tale of deceit, envy, love and power will keep viewers hooked for a long time to come – just brilliant. And if you miss the show and want a filler until the next season comes out, check out other shows similar to Vikings here, including Barbarians!