Our next stop is at Kattegart, in early medieval Scandinavia! Vikings is a historical drama inspired by the sagas of Viking Ragnar Lothbrok, one of the best and notoriously known legendary Norse heroes and scourge of England and France. The show portrays Ragnar as a farmer who rises to fame by successful raids into England, and eventually becomes a Scandinavian king, with the support of his family and fellow warriors: his brother Rollo, his son Björn Ironside, his wives—the shieldmaiden Lagertha and the princess Aslaug and friend, Floki.
It’s thrilling and intense. There’s never a dull moment with Vikings.
- Where does the show rank on your favorites’ list?
- From 1-10, how obsessed are you?
I’ll rate myself a 7.
- How did you discover the show?
My brother introduced it to me.
- What was your initial thought of the show and did it change after watching it?
Interesting…very primitive. I liked the setting…makes me feel like I’m going back in time and experiencing life in a totally different way than what I’m exposed to.
- Why do you like the show?
I love the show because of plot: how an ambitious farmer, Ragnar decides to defy authority and goes to raid the west with his carpenter friend, Floki. Ragnar finds a priest Athelstan at the church they were raiding and spares his life and takes him back home with him. I liked the bond they shared such that Athelstan was able to influence Ragnar with his Christian religion to the point where Ragnar was doubting the gods he had worshipped since boyhood.
I also liked the how the characters related to one another. Ragnar had a strained relationship with his brother Rollo who later betrayed him by joining the French to defeat Ragnar. Every character contributed something substantial to the show.
- Who are your favorite characters in the show?
Ragnar Lothbrok! He was a man of his word and when his trust was betrayed, it was unpardonable! Lagertha is great, Bjorn, Floki, ever interesting, Athelstan! He was a good friend to Ragnar. And Ivar. I’m really looking forward to seeing more of him in the next season.
- Least favorite character in the show?
Rollo was pretty annoying. I know it sucks to always be in the shadow of your sibling but betraying him over and over again just to prove yourself, that’s a no no for me. I didn’t like Aslaug either. How dare she snatch Ragnar from Lagertha? I wasn’t sorry when Lagertha stabbed her in the back.
- Favorite villain
Every enemy of Ragnar Lothbrok, being it an Earl or King is definitely a favourite villain.
- How would you kill off your favorite character?
Left to me, I wouldn’t kill off Ragnar. It was heartbreaking to lose such a great actor and strong character. I appreciate that they stuck to history with how Ragnar left the scene…he died in his own terms, making a way for his sons to make names for themselves.
- Who is your crush on the show?
- If you were to be a character, who would you choose?
Lagertha. She’s strong, fearless and dependable.
- Favorite season
I love all the seasons…one and two were great, three was just mind-blowing. Ragnar’s attempts to raid France were so thrilling to watch. I enjoyed every minute of it. Season 4 was bittersweet seeing the great Ragnar looking defeated and all…but it had its drama as well.
- Do you follow the cast and show on Twitter and Facebook?
I follow the show on Facebook and Twitter.
- Which of the characters would you like to meet?
Ragnar, Lagertha, Floki, Ivar, Athelstan, Bjorn.
- If you could meet any of the actors, who would it be?
Travis Fimmel (Ragnar)
- What lesson(s) have you learnt from the show?
Unity is strength. When you join forces and have one goal, no obstacle can stand in your way. Athelstan taught me that, no matter how hardhearted one is, one can still reach out to the good side of the person. I always saw Ragnar in a different light whenever he was with Athelstan; I was particularly touched with the scene when he asked Athelstan to teach him how to pray.
I can’t wait for season 5! There’s a civil war coming! Ivar on a mission to kill Lagertha for assassinating his mother, Aslaug. Can’t wait to find out how it will out pan out.
Do you watch Vikings? What do you love about the show? Who are your favourite characters? Let me know!
© Josephine Amoako 2017