Vikings is a medieval drama series airing on The History Channel. It follows Norse farmer-cum-warrior Ragnar Lodbrok’s efforts to improve the lives of his people and become a celebrated hero.
The show follows existing sagas of Ragnar Sigurdsson, a legendary Norse figure. Much like the Icelandic sagas from which it is adapted, Vikings is an exploration of human conflicts set against the backdrop of a grim, violent, yet proud society.
Ragnar Lodbrok is presented as an ambitious man of humble origins who is dissatisfied with the established Norse practices of tending poor homesteads and raiding bankrupt villages to the east.
Instead he looks west, dreaming of the riches and glory that await anyone brave enough to sail the open sea. Ragnar’s plans of conquest and discovery bring him into a variety of deadly conflicts and introduce him to new cultures that challenge the foundations of his society.
The series premiered on March 3rd, 2013. Often these actresses and actors have appeared in many other productions prior to their appearance on HBO’s most popular series.
Take a look at this list and see if you can find your favorite Vikings character before this series.