The new scripted drama premieres tonight.
From the creator of "The Tudors" and starring former CK underwear model Travis Fimmel and Gabriel Byrne.
I'm going to give it a shot...early reviews are encouraging, and I'm guessing many of the male characters will be hot, in an uncivilized, possibly murderous yet emotionally conflicted way. Kind of like some of the guys I've known from real life.
I want to see wanton pillaging and bedroom intrigue.
There are SOOOOO many ridiculously hot men on this show. I love it! And Travis Fimmel is simply gorgeous; mesmerizing eyes, beautiful face, hot body. If all Vikings had looked like that, I would've nominated myself their pass-around slut slave. Great series!
I LURVE this show
You may want to see pillaging, I just want to see some manly, hairy Viking Nordic ass.
Interesting episode where the slave (a young English monk) is invited by his Viking master to join him and his wife in their lovemaking.
Yes R5, was that historically accurate?
Did it hint at the combination of warrior on monk?
Anybody know Scandinavian pagan Penthouse-type stories?
[quote]Did it hint at the combination of warrior on monk?
No but the Viking seemed quiet eager to share his wife.
I thought that, too, R7 -- but then I wondered if it was a test, just as the same scenario was used by the leader (Gabriel Byrne) in an earlier episode. The man who agreed to have sex with the leader's wife, at the leader's invitation, was killed. In last night's episode, the blond Viking leaves entrusts his children to the monk, saying that he was responsible and trustworthy. I wonder if refusing the offer of sex proved his trustworthiness.
Or Vikings could have just been a horny bunch.
There's very little documented about Vikings and the homosex though it seems they followed the old, "It's okay as long as you are the one penetrating" rule.
You simply can't beat the 1958 film THE VIKINGS with Kirk Douglas and Tony Curtis in their prime, with Janet Leigh and Ernest Borgnine - great story and supporting characters, its got everything. I have to watch it everytime its on despite having the dvd. Its a childhood movie I still love now. That Welsh castle, the bear pit, the ships, the great photography by Jack Cardiff.
Ragnar and Rollo are two hot brothers in constant conflict. Our hero Ragnar is smart and sly, soft-spoken and wanting to learn English from the "priest." (Loving the English monk "priest," especially if he lets his hair grow out on top)
I really like the crazy genius boatbuilder Floki, with the crazy eyes.
Gabriel Byrne is very good as the bad guy monarch. His overpainted ambitious wife--wasn't she Schuster's wife on GLEE?
Gorgeous location shots from Ireland.
Anyway, it is good stuff... too bad that imported miniseries "The Bible" is grabbing all the attention.
I like the series as well.
I mentioned in the Travis Fimmel thread that he looked more into the threesome than the wife.
Jessylin Gilsig or whatever her name is, completely takes me out of the scenes she is in.
Hated her on Glee and don't like her here either.
Bitch had the man killed.
Like the crazy boat-builder, too.
The crazy boat builder is Gustaf Skarskad from the Skarskard family clan (Stellan is his father and Alexander is his brother) and he plays a gay character in the movie Patrik 1.5.
The earl's pudgy little henchman is the creepiest character on this show. When he killed that boy, it was horrifying.
I get a slashy vibe between Ragnar and the monk. When Raggy talks to him, he puts all his focus on him with this almost hungry look on his face. Ragnar's eyes never leave his face.
The promo for next weeks episode showed Ragnar injured and Athelstan praying -- he says something like "blessed mother, don't let this man die". The monk has Stockholm syndrome or is smitten.
Did I miss something?
Why is Ragnar a criminal all of a sudden? What did he do wrong?
So he killed that rapist, he was just covering up for his wife.
OMG, he's pretty!
THIS SHOW ROCKS. LEAD ACTOR TRAVIS IS SMOKING WHITE HOT. High quality production, 9 episodes... Awesome!
The show doesn't expose Travis's body.
Too bad it's so boring, too. A bunch of drummed-up, nonsensical conflicts that wouldn't have to happen.
The creators don't have any genuine stories to tell or real-world observations to make, nor any rich characters.
SEASON 2 STARTS TOMORROW, 02/27! Will we get to see Ragnar and Athelstan in some hot Viking/ex-monk homosex action?!
I can't get enough of Travis Fimmel's sexy-as-fuck body and gorgeous blue eyes! And he's still not married. Yay!
In case you need to catch up...
I DVRed the show, I watched last season, I agree, Travis is HOT, hots of HOT men in this show! Loki is crazy cool.
Any gossip on the Aussie, Travis ?
Didn't he say something homophobic at one point?
I discovered this show last year flipping around, and then locked on it and started fapping off.
I liked the show originally but the 2nd season is slow and repetitive: Vikings raid a village, beat the people there to death, take their treasures. Ragnar makes a soft-spoken speech to someone, with eyes blazing.
Second plot is boring: various people back at the village are scheming, like Rollo, Ragnar's new wife and Rollo's woman. Also, that blond guy with the braided beard still holds a grudge and is planning something.
Lagetha has a new man and her son is grown up, but it's not that compelling. Sonny is pissed at step-daddy and you know he's gonna go back to real Dad.
I liked the show in the first season and I like this season so far too. I thought last night's episode was great so I have to disagree with you, R26. I think Ragnar will have finally met his match in the Saxon King Ecbert. Will be interesting to see how that develops.
I'm not sure about that Fimmel guy as a viking, he looks as though he sparkles. Please don't tell me that they are sparkly vikings.
ALEXANDER LUDWIG is Bjorn this season! Holy fuck, he's gorgeous!
And I like the fact that they're still exploring the homoeroticism in Ragnar's and Athelstan's relationship (Athelstan is shown softly caressing the golden bracelet than Ragnar gave him). I think that Athelstan gave up him religion because of his love for Ragnar, but obviously he remains conflicted.
Travis Fimmel is incredible in this. His subtle facial and body movements that he uses to emphasize his lines are hypnotic.
Clive Standen is beautiful too. That one-punch knockout while seated of [the blond guy with the braided beard] was hilarious, and disturbingly sexy.
I can't believe that Gustaf and Alexander Skarsgard are brothers!
Katheryn Winnick is hot as Lagertha. Someone should get her into a superhero blockbuster stat.
I still say that Travis and George Blagden are fucking IRL.
AWESOME season so far!
Agree with you, R29. I love everything about this show. I never thought anything about VIkings could be this entertaining.
And Floki (Gustav Skarsgard) is both scary and sexy.
He looks like Stephanie March.
Does the viking go up into the viking in this show?
I have this recurring fantasy about being Rollo's cum bucket.
Gustaf Skarsgard is awesome in this. He's a great actor.
I loved the scene where Ragnar's first wife told him she wanted a divorce. Was there really such a thing as divorce during that time period?? Just poor writing sometimes.
Fimmel is ok as an actor. He lucked out with this role.
There is a Jimmy Kimmel interview where Fimmel comes across as a real idiot. Youtube it.
I want to love this show, but there are too many shortcomings to it. It could be much better.
Okay, can some regular viewers answer this: Does this show have a pro-Christian bias?
Not much of one, to be sure, but I watched a couple of episodes last night to see what it was like, and it seemed like the filmmakers did not share my enthusiasm for watching pagans slaughter Christians.
37 it most certainly does not.
Last night's episode showed them torturing a priest. The characters show much disdain for Christianity in general.
A few episodes ago, the guy with the nasty pigtail beard was fighting alongside Ragnar and Donal Logue against Rollo. After the fight, he was offered a percentage of the spoils of their future raids and he refused, if I remember correctly. Wasn't the offer made by DL's character? Why is he still harping on Ragnar? I must have missed why he still has a grudge, pouting and terrorizing Ragnar's village.
What's the dealio?.
I think Jarl Borg refused the land deal offered by Donal Logue's character (King Horik). All three men did agree to go raiding together but then King Horik told Ragnar that he changed his mind about it. So Borg is all ticked off at both of them and decided to start his plan of revenge by raiding Ragnar's village.
Forgot to add that Jarl Borg was actually fighting on the same side as Rollo, against Ragnar and King Horik.
So what happened to King Horik in this last episode? I like Ragnar's old wife. His young wife gets on my last nerve. I feel sorry for Brother Athelston.
I guess by now he realizes he should have gone with Ragnar instead of staying behind to help. One more thing. Linus Roache. Damn he is hot.
As for Travis Fimmel yes, he got lucky. I don't think he's a very good actor at all. He looks good all dressed up, and he fakes it well enough, but I think assessing him as an idiot based on his talk show appearance with Kimmel is pretty accurate.
He's Australian, and his glory days were modeling underwear for Calvin Klein. never married. Never associated with a woman. He's 35.
No one even gives a crap. Even though it appears Travis might be gay. Fuck it. I'm bumping this thread.
Here is an interview with Travis Fimmel where he is almost hanging on the guy who plays the monk.
Hope I posted the link correctly.
My hot little monk
I can't keep my hands off you
Oh now you're blushing
Datalounge stopped updating about a half hour ago. Is this going to be another weekend of limited use?
Everybody on the couch would get it R44
Thanks for the you tube clip, R44. Definitely something going on there with Travis and the monk. You can tell there's tension between the two of them,and the other two guys. Skarsgaard looks a lot different in real life, but it's still hard to believe he's Alexander's brother. Maybe two different mothers?
Damn, that little monk is hot. I think Travis Fimmel was just teasing him though. I don't think there's really anything going on there. Skargard's character is my favorite.
Especially since Fimmel is straight R50.
Wow. Thanks SO much, R51. I'm SO GLAD you told us. I mean, you'd know if anyone would, right?
I'd hate to mistake him for gay.
Horik really fucked Ragnar over, didn't he. By pushing the other guy out, he set the stage for him to invade Ragnar's lands. Then Ragnar has to rush home and abandon the field to rescue his family and leaves Horik in charge. But Horik likes to party too much. Lots of raping and not enough pillaging.
I'm Norwegian. I should probably watch this, but I just don't think it's something that I would like. Hmm..
Sounds like they were aiming for the Game of Thrones audience here.
I agree, R53. I don't think that King Horik is the leader that Ragnar is. Will be interesting to see how he handles things in England now that he is in charge.
I'm also not sure what King Ecbert has in store for Athelstan. At least he saved the little monk's life though, so there's that. I will be pissed if Athelstan is killed off.
I really don't know how the monk could have trusted Ragnar again after Ragnar brought him along on that trip to the sacred place with the intent of having him become a human sacrifice. Ragnar said if the monk hadn't consented to making the trip, he would have forced him to come along. I mean, what's a little ritual murder between friends?
Ragner knew the monk wouldn't be sacrificed bc Athelstan was not a true believer of viking gods. That was revealed in the end when the monk survived bc he held a rosary, ie he was a Christian. Only true pagan worshipers are good enough for sacrifice and Ragnar knew that one of his brave men would volunteer to be the sacrifice when athelstan deemed not good enough. It protected Ragnar from having to choose the sacrifice.
I think King Ecbert wants Athelstan to talk about everything he knows about Ragnar and the Vikings. Athelstan will probably talk to him. But I also believe Athelstan 's heart is still with Ragnar's family.
Once Horik is out of the way, maybe Ecbert & Ragnar will reach an accommodation where Ragnar gets land to colonize and settle, and Ecbert gets his sword to help consolidate his power over more of England. Right now there are several kings and the land is divided. The question is, will Ragnar ever trust Athelstan again? I think not.
Travis can not be gay. He went barefoot to a premiere. He was barefoot in that interview. Obviously not gay.
In the same interview, Travis is teasing the monk about his on set romance with the actress who plays Siggy's daughter. While Travis may be gay, little George is not.
R59, I'm not sure if Athelstan will betray anything about Ragnar to King Ecbert. I do actually think the former monk is quite loyal to his new Viking family. He did kill more than a few of the English when they invaded Westminster and even if he took pity on the bishop who was being tortured and was not able to be a human sacrifice, I still don't see him giving anything vital up to Ecbert. I also think that Ragnar really trusts and likes Athelstan too and is going to be upset when he finds out that he was captured by the English and almost killed.
As to whether or not either Travis Fimmel or George Blagden is gay, who really cares? Neither of them strikes me as gay but I could easily be wrong. And it's not as if any of us will be able to find out for ourselves, unfortunately!
HOT DAMN! We'll be seeing more of Travis Fimmel, George Blagden, Clive Standen, Alexander Ludwig, and Katheryn Winnick (I'm gay, and I get tingly feelings in my nethers whenever she's on the screen). Vikings has been renewed for a third season. WOOT!
Nice to know and thanks, r63.
Watching ep 5 from this week now, and I'm kind of amazed the series hasn't generated more buzz -- this is some good stuff, and way more subtle than I expected.
The promise of hot guys has been well delivered, as well
The guy playing the teenage Bjorn is hot as fuck
Oooooooooh Travis Fimmel. Now he was hot, and there are few men I find attractive.
Travis is as lucky as a pig in slop. He has limited talent, his looks aren't what they were ten years ago. He peaked when he modeled underwear for Calvin Klein. But I'm thoroughly enjoying the show, and I think he's perfect as Ragnar.
The guy who plays his treacherous brother Rollo, Clive Standen is a much better actor, and his ex wife is pretty cool. Yes, Bjorn has grown up nicely.
You can see there is a rivalry between father and son. And don't get me started on the priest, Athelstan. I love him. Linus Roach is a hot older daddy, too.
Very successful series.
I like things that seem authentic, and this one is sort of historically accurate even if the details suffer in service to the story.
Fimmel's acting has improved since the first season, but he's still the weak link among the leads. However I do enjoy the undercurrent of affection/lust between him and Athelstan.
Travis is excellent. His portrayal is a perfect balance of dangerous thug, sweet and sexy lover, and psychotic seducer. Turns me the fuck ON.
I've always loved Lagertha as a character, but never more than when she stabbed her drunk, abusive husband in the eye.
That scene with Lagertha was excellent, R70. I also liked when that other guy took the abusive husband's head clean off.
What's up with Athelstein and powerful men, thoughtful men?
Ragnar is pining for his slave boy.
They all want in his sweet monk pants
Lagertha stabbing her husband in the eye was one of the best scenes of the show. Now, she has to find the three men who came to her room the night before and beat the tar out of her.
Lagertha doesn't seem to be the kind of woman who would let those men get away without exacting her revenge.
Did Ragnar and Rollo hatch the plot to capture Jarl Borg and keep it a secret until it actually happened? If King Horik hadn't brought up the idea of taking Jarl Borg on their raids, I wonder if they would have found some other way to lure him back.
It pisses me off--and makes me giggle at the same time--that Ragnar's new husband-stealing housewhore keeps referring to wife #1 as "Slagertha." Bitch.
After the ass-beatings she handed out during the last two episodes, they should call her Lagerthor.
Thanks to King Ecbert, Athelstan can't escape the allure of the pagan world, even in pious England.
I wonder if Bjorn will be forced into marriage with the second Mrs. Jarl Borg.
Is there a reason why Siggy and Rollo haven't married? Is she barred from remarrying because she the wife of a defeated earl?
R79, I've wondered why Siggy and Rollo haven't ever gotten married either. I don't think a reason has ever been given. I want to know what Siggy is up to with King Horik also. Is she sleeping with him for her own personal gain? It would seem so after her conversation with the Seer. I think Rollo is going to find out about it sooner or later.
King Ecbert is an interesting character. I like the relationship he has with Athelstan. He seems to want to know all about the Vikings via Athelstan; kind of a "knowledge is power" thing.
I don't like King Horik. He is pure slime. And I don't see what he can gain from getting with Siggy.I think Rollo and Siggy need to be together, and someone needs to kill Horik. Ragnar can't be ignorant of the fact that Horik brought on all his current troubles. Who gets to run Jarl's stronghold now?
As for Athelstan, there's a Christian saint named Athelstan but he lived at a different time. Although maybe they're using dramatic license. King Ecbert was an interesting historical figure. Smart too.
Really want to know what becomes of Laegurtha now. After all, she was beaten by several men. I didn't recognize the guy who offed her husband. Is he important?
[quote]Oooooooooh Travis Fimmel. Now he was hot, and there are few men I find attractive.
R66, that remark is truly amazing to me, as I rather enjoy watching any scenes with Ragnar's wife Lagertha, and I am a gay man! It helps a lot that she has more balls than some of the male characters, but the actress herself (Katheryn Winnick) is both physically beautiful and quite talented as an actress. She is really mesmerizing to me. Can I get a "MARY!"? :-)
I love how "handsy" Ragnar is with males. He hugs and pets his three sons like a very loving father and he showed great affection for Athelstan. He gets up in dudes faces and get touchy with them, like running his hands over Jarl Borg last night before he executed him. Funnilly enough, he doesn't get so affectionate with brother Rollo.
Yes, Ragnar is all kinds of sexy (and we got to see his bare feets!). Jarl Borg probably was hard as a rock when Ragnar was gently stroking him. --That is, right before Ragnar slit his back open with a hunting knife, hacked his ribcage open with a hatchet, and flopped his lungs over his shoulders. EEK! That was an EXCELLENTLY filmed scene. The looks on the other characters' faces made it even more realistic. Amazing.
And Lagertha as the new earl was so hot. She is a goddess.
AND ROLLO WALKING AROUND HALF NAKED! Those big nips, softly hair pecs that jut way out, insanely tapered torso and cut abs. I almost passed out into the popcorn bowl. Yummm!
So there was a homophobic scene last night. That's what you're saying. One that ends in brutal violence. And we like his here, why exactly??
What the fuck are you talking about, R86? What homophobic scene?! Go watch the fucking episode and/or show and then come back and comment. Else, just pipe down.
Of all executions I have seen, that is truly the most intimate. It was strangely brutal and loving at the same time.
It was horrible.
I looked it up, and Ragnar becomes King according to history as written on Wiki. He also invades Paris at some point. Yes.
But here's the thing. Horik also remains a king, and ironically, if this is the right Horik, and I could only find one, it looks like he outlives Ragnar. He was a treacherous bastard who rose to power by killing off one of his brothers. So yeah, Horik is slimy.
All I want to say is Siggie better watch herself. Ragnar is on to her. He saw her whispering with Horik. The fact that Rollo knows she's having sex with Horik makes him culpable even if he does nothing. Rollo needs to stop talking to her about stuff, and then Rollo wonders why Ragnar doesn't trust him.
Whenever they show the Vikings rowing out on one of their raids, there is something that takes me out of the program: I find myself pondering the ships they travel in.
The show is vague on how long it takes to get from Norway to England; they seem to get there in a day, which I know is TV magic. It must take several days and I find myself thinking: those ships look small - just two rows for the oarsmen to sit and some standing room. Their boats don't appear to have a lower deck, so I have no idea where those guys sleep, where they store the food/fresh water, where they cook, etc. Do they take turns crapping over the side - the women too?
Guess I better hit Wikipedia for some "real" Viking history.
I hate the plot line of "lovesick Bjorn chases hot slave girl". It seems they want Bjorn to be viewed as a regular guy who is not following his station/lot in life and that "twu love is blind". He don't need no stinking princess.
Don't turn this show into the CW where they have to have a cheesy storyline for the teen/female demographic. Or worse, the History Channel is hoping to keep the male watchers happy with a hot blond female piece of eye candy who might show some skin.
R86, are you marginally mentally retarded? Just curious.
The only way to have equality and keep everyone happy is to require that every character gets naked on screen.
I agree! Seeing Travis, Clive, George, Alexander, Katheryn, Jessalyn, Linus, and the rest of these ridiculously hot actors walking around in all their glory would shoot the ratings through the roof!
This historical soft porn thing was tiresome when it began.
I wondered that too R90 on one of the episodes from the 1st season when they bring back the monks & one of them dies on board. You just think about how that boat must of just stunk to high heaven!
These are people who are used to living with very few creature comforts. They have goats roaming in and out of their homes, for god's sake. It's not like they needed something like the QEII to cross over to England.
That execution scene was filmed so well. I kept wondering how on earth they were going to show something that brutal. Very well done. Ragnar in that ceremonial white robe was like some kind of avenging angel or something.
One thing I'm not clear on. Originally King Horik had told Jarl Borg that he had decided to help him escape. Did they ever address what made him change his mind?
I was all ready for a loving Ragnar/Athelstan reunion in last nights episode and FAIL! And very nice eye candy last night when Rollo and Bjorn were practicing their swordplay on the beach. Woof.
Were those Vikings who ambushed the King's son or some random wild tribe? I didn't recognize anyone that I'd seen with Ragnar's people; are the Vikings going to be accused of something they didn't do?
A couple of times it sounded like Lagertha said "Oragnar" instead of Ragnar. What's that about?
What's is King Horik's master plan? I lost track on that.
I'd love more info on that psychic/prophet guy. No explanation why he looks like he was burned in a fire. This show doesn't steer towards the supernatural but that guy seems to be not totally human. Where'd he come from, what does he do all day, is he from a line of seers, many other questions.
Not sure who it was who ambushed King Ecbert's son and his troops. I saw someone who kind of looked like Lagertha from the back but I can't be certain. But it does seem as if King Horik and Ragnar are going to lash over the right way to deal with the English.
I'd like to know more about the Seer too. It looks like he is missing both eyes. And that thing people do where they lick the palm of his hand after he advises them is gross. Not sure what the point of that is.
It was the asshole Viking king's son. It was meant to undermine Ragnar...
Speaking of Ragnar, did you notice how he acted like a love struck school boy at the mention of Athelstan? He took his bracelet and put it on his arm. He loves his little monk slave boy!
FINALLY, Ragnar and Athelstan get back together. Their scenes together were so great and sweet. Too bad for King Ecbert - he was hot for Athelstan and Ragnar 'won'.
So glad that Athelstan chose to go back and live with the Vikings again. His bromance with Ragnar is epic. And you could see how sad King Ecbert was in that scene where he was wandering around Athelstan's room and looking at what he left behind.
Eckbert was genuinely looking for an alliance so he could use them as mercenaries. He really wants to use the Vikings to unify England and get rid of his competition. Including that fat king, Aelle, or whatever his name is.
I saw the preview of next week's finale, and things don't look good. I have to ask a question. What made Floki turn on Ragnar and sidle up to Horik?
Horik's plotting against Ragnar and using Floki and Rollo's woman to do his dirty work. Things don't look good. I was so curious I had to go to Wiki and read up on them and now I wish I hadn't.
Stupid Primetime. I couldn't post any replies after yesterday's episode. Anyho...
Ragnar asking Athelstan if he would be coming back or else staying with his own people. And then grabbing onto Athelstan's thigh(!), staring into his eyes, and declaring breathlessly, "I want you to come back." SO. FUCKING. HOT.
I almost fainted thinking that Rollo was going to die. And then his giant manly hands weakly grabbing Athelstan's face and throat. That man has *very* big hands. Yum!
Floki has to die. That evil conniving bitch is going after Bjorn and Ragnar's other kids. Traitorous whore!
I'm afeared that the necklage Aslaug gave Porunn is possessed or something. That poor girl's tits are gonna fall off or something. Mark my words.
And that brazen hussy Princess Kwenthrith getting a handful of Viking cock. I hope she took a deep whiff of her fingers afterward!
That Princess is a girl after my own heart. She knows what to do with all that viking shit!
Athelstan has returned to his beautiful Ragnar leaving poor King Eskbert to pine away.
Ragnar isn't dumb and his character in this story seems naturally suspicious. I wonder why he's letting Horik to get away with all this sabotage.
He has to know Horik manufactured the conflict that ended in Jarl Borg's death, when he changed his mind about including Jarl Borg in the raiding party.
I think Horik is evil. He's determined to stir up trouble. He keeps probing for weaknesses. Now he has Rollo's woman and Floki. I hope Ragnar kills Floki.
I like Floki. I don't like that he appears to be turning against Ragnar now. In answer to your question R104, I don't think the show has done a good job of explaining what caused Floki to become unhappy with Ragnar. During the episode when he got married, he mentioned to his bride Helga that he thought Ragnar was getting a bit power hungry, or something along those lines. That was pretty much it.
So I'm seeing that the rumors are that Kathyrin Winnick is a lesbian. What do you say dl?
R109, don't know and don't care.
I personally believe that Travis Fimmel is gay, so if those rumors are true, R109, this is a truly momentous show if both its male and female leads are indeed homosexual.
Where have people heard rumors about the actress who plays Lagatha? Have heard no rumors about her being a lesbian.
S2 finale tonight. I'm watching for Ragnar and Athelstan's big gay love.
This is Game of Thrones for the Sontag, Deleuze, Lacan and Barthes crowd. Fucking amazing. More nudity would work, but sadly not sold to pay cable. Bet they regret it now.
Will the hot Viking earl go up into the hot former English monk tonight?
Speaking of Ragnar and his male slave...
Check out the random kiss from those two
Marry me R116!
Thank you for sharing that interview. All four are hot. All four scream they have big European cocks. And who knew Floki was also hot in real life?
One can really feel the gay vibe between Ragnar and Athelstand on that couch. I'd love to see the two of them fucking.
Too bad Ragnar and Bjorn didn't spitroast that twinky Prince Horik.
No, the little monk hooked up with one of the actresses from season 1. It's the girl who was Siggy's daughter who washed him when they were going to sacrifice him. They are the onset romance that Fimmel is teasing him about. There is another interview where Floki grabs George and kisses him the same way. Those big boys have a lot of affection for little Athelstan.
There is speculation about Winnick (Lagertha) being a lesbian. I get more of a gay vibe from her than from Fimmel. I have a feeling that he goes any which way and has a freak side a mile wide. I like it.
Katheryn Winnick and India Dupre attend a lot of functions together and are often photographed arm in arm. Dupre was married in 2007 though. I don't know how to post links on here or I would.
Winnick has played a lesbian in a couple of movies, never had a named boyfriend and is a tough girl. I don't know if that adds up to anything, but I would like to believe it.
Finally got to see the finale last night -- it was delayed in being available on demand for some reason.
Liked how things wrapped up, mostly. Did Floki always intend to double cross the king, or was it a late change of heart? And apparently Siggi did go through with her murderous tasks? Conniving bitch, that one.
Trailer for the new season is intriguing.
Yes, I'll have a little Priest, thank you.
Coming next month, finally.
Oh goodness, Travis Fimmel, George Blagden, Clive Standen, and Alexander Ludwig give me such a raging boner!
I [italic]need[/italic] my Viking-man fix. Thank you, R123!
Good news - the show is continuing the love story of Ragnar and Athelstan. Within the first 15 minutes of the S3 premiere, Ragnar seeks out the monk, takes his hand (running his finger down the palm and almost intertwining their fingers) and says "wherever you go, I will follow".
These guys are hot - almost as good together as Agron and Nasir from Spartacus.
[quote]Winnick has played a lesbian in a couple of movies, never had a named boyfriend and is a tough girl. I don't know if that adds up to anything, but I would like to believe it.
That makes 2 of us. God she is so hot.
Doubt it though, the universe is not that kind.
I'm watching the first episode of the new season now, on DVR.
Great episode, though I wish they started the season with a two-hour episode. It's been a while since the show was on, and a longer episode would have helped me get in to it.
R121 and R126 - the L Chat had someone post a recording of Kathryn's voicemail in order to substantiate their story of fucking her with a strap-on. This person claims to be a member of the industry and posts about other celebs from time to time as well.
Re: whether Kathryn Winnick is a lesbian - I saw a recent photograph of her on Pinterest in which an engagement/wedding ring combo was clearly visible on her hand. Of course, she could be married to anyone, but the point is, she is attached.
I will be watching with laser eyes for the delicious UST between Ragnar and Athelstan. This show is offering some great stealth subtext and doing a fine job of keeping the shippers happy; the hand caressing in this weeks episode was an eye opener and hopefully just a taste of what will be in store for the rest of this season.
I can't wait for the showdown between King Ecbert and Ragnar, as these guys fight for the hand of the fair Athelstan. There is no way that Rags is gonna let his monk go back with that smarmy king.
Yes, the homoerotic stuff was wonderful ( and I love the little monk working as an interpreter).
Also impressive in the season opener: tremendously stirring location shots. Has the production budget gone way up? It kind of looks it.
Meanwhile, Ragnar's child with the crippled legs has more to do than cry before this is over, right?
Acccckk. That amputation was brutal. Why did they let Torsten sit around for days with his infected arm putrefying? Is it the Viking way to ignore an injured comrade and leave it up to Odin? That sucks.
My DVR cut off a few minutes before the episode ended - right when the hooded stranger came up to Helga and asked for help. Can someone please tell me what happened next.
R134, that was a dream. One of the other fraus dreamed it was Althalstan, with the hand wound from his crucifixion.
During the episode, the women of Kattegatt reported having the same dreams, but it seemed like at the end, the stranger actually appeared in the village.
R132, there is a famous Viking conqueror of England (not Ragnar's son in real life, totally unrelated) known as "somebody, the boneless", I forget his name. He was carried around on his shield. It is not known what his nickname meant, either a battle wound, or birth defect, or a sexually reference, it is unknown. That must be who this baby is.
This show compresses hundreds of years of Viking history into one or two generations of the same family, so it's not good history.
R137, isn't Ivarr the Boneless supposed to be one of Ragnar's sons, IRL and on the TV show?
Potential SPOILERS follow:
According to the sagas he invades Britain with the Great Heathen Army and gives King Aelle the blood eagle treatment because King Aelle threw his father Ragnar in a snake-pit.
I concede to my more knowledgeable friend. R138.
I do dislike the way Ragnar speaks, it's not quite "soft spoken" but perhaps artificially soft-spoken. He adult son has the same speaking voice. Is it perhaps simply the way Sweedish (or whatever they are) men speak English?
I love how King Ecbert flirted shamelessly with Lagertha in front of Athelstan to make Athelstan jealous. And Athelstan knew it, too. The king misses his little monk. I bet there were some wild times had in the king's hot tub.
But of course, Athelstan's true love is Ragnar.
I really tried to watch this but, fuck, the almost non-stop violence is just too much. I'm no pearl-clutching Mary and I love Game of Thrones and Walking Dead but the Vikings really seem to relish killing and needless violence.
Clive Standen as Rollo is the stand-out to me. I wouldn't mind being his sex slave.
It's like Game of Thrones and the Tudors without the entertainment.
Fimmel inhabits the role. He IS Ragnar.
And his ravishing crystalline eyes are to die for. It's hard to think of any other actor with such electrifying eyes. Not Steven McQueen, not Paul Newman, Fimmels eyes are on another level.
I do miss Ragnar's long hair in Season 3. At least he's got that yummy beard. I love his battered middle aged face. He never did anything for me as a youth.
The Vikings seem to be the trailer trash of the Dark Ages.
Good description R146. If they'd remained unchanged up til now they, indeed, would be living in trailers wearing wife beaters and brawling with each other.
R145 - I agree about Fimmel's eyes. They're so piercing and intense that I often have trouble focusing on anyone else on the TV screen.
The monk has a more gentle look but I like him too.
Rollo is a big masculine guy. Larger than life and quite beautiful.
Yes, there's a lot of blood and gore but the Vikings were feared for the ferocity in battle so the bloody scenes are part of their history.
Ragnar's Love Slave
Ragnar's eyes are mesmerizing!
What? No appreciation for the display of Athelstan skin in the last episode. I thought he had great abs and looked quite nice wet and towel clad. Hope he doesn't move any further with Princess Hot Pants.
I cackled when Ragnar told Floki to "shut your face". Not something I would expect to come out of the mouth of a tough Viking king.
I have a question for DL. Is Travis Fimmel a good actor? I have been told that I have terrible taste so I want to know what the people of DL think.
R152, I've read reviews of Fimmel's earlier work that weren't positive, but his portrayal of Ragnar is generally well-regarded.
King Ecbert couldn't keep his hands off Athelstan and is distraught that he's going back with Ragnar. He loves that monk.
Floki is really stuck on not accepting the Christian religion, to the point that he's resenting the others who are more open. Wonder if it'll turn nasty.
Is anyone else disappointed with how the season is progressing so far?
I was a little disappointed in the first two episodes this season, r155, but having just watched the third, I am loving it more than ever.
I really am getting the clash of cultures theme, and the discomfort of Egbert and anger of his knights at the sacrifice to Frey on Lagertha's settlement was well done. Her asking the Norse god to use his "phallus" to enrich the land was something new on TV.
Also: Athelstan in and out of the Roman bath, and Ragnar Using his hot pagan head to knock down the wuss rival English prince before saying with a wry look, "I forgive you."
And on to episode 4
All hell will break lose, right ?
Ragnar just lost his heart, I think.
The desperate declaration of love was not just there for the bromance factor. Athelstan was really important for him, the only one he trusted, maybe his last link to sanity. And now, he has lost that.
The eulogy was touching as well. The certainty they would never meet again, despite believing in an afterlife was sad.
Didn't enjoy how they made Athelstan a bit dumb in this last episode. That character deserved better.
At least he showed Ragnar that he was still loyal to him and loved him, even if no one else in the village got that.
Up to S3 Ep 6 and priest is showing skin, but then...
I hate Floki.
They killed sweet Athelstan. The scene where Ragnar tells Athelstan that he loves him was the highlight of the episode.
For a moment there, I thought Ragnar himself might have assaulted Athelstan if the latter really wanted to leave him.
But no, the little monk, for all his religious fancies, remains loyal. The Ragnar actor (Travis F.) was really convincing in his heartfelt need to have someone steady and reliable to trust and love in his life.
We already got in season 2 that he loved him. It was shown but not said. Rather sublte. Now they said it ! And killed the object of his love...
I really hate Floki now, too. I have to wonder what Ragnar has in store for him. Like the Lannisters, Ragnar always pays his debts. I don't know why they had to kill Althelstan. He already said he was leaving them. Of course, if he went back to the Brits, the king's son would've killed him for fucking his wife, holy man or not.
Historic accuracy is pretty decent in this series. The Vikings really did invade Paris. There really was an Athelstan, and Alfred really was the first king of England as a united kingdom.
They've changed a few things, like letting Ragnar live to do all these things and killing off Horik. I hated him so I didn't care. I wonder what Lagertha will do to regain her earldom, and what will happen when they entire clan finds out their colony was slaughtered by Eckbert. I miss Siggy.
Wasn't it made to look as if Ragnar put Floki up to killing Athlestan?
I also don't understand why Ragnar killed the guy who told him that the King massacred the village in Wessex. Are we going to find out that Ragnar had a secret deal with the King that included turning his back on his own people?
I don't understand both deaths.
I didn't get the impression that Ragnar was in on Athelstan's death at all.
I think Ragnar killed the old guy before the disaster became widely known to avoid a big wave of sentiment for retribution on the English when sacking Paris seems to be his next objective.
Oh please, Lord. Let him do a Lazarus in Episode 7!
I think when Ragnar witnessed the way Athelstan was being shunned, with Ragnar's brother showing everyone Athelstan wasn't wearing his special bracelet, Ragnar saw the sentiment against Athelstan had hardened.
Floki did a good job of turning all of them against him. They were already predisposed to be suspicious and resentful of Athelstan, but they respected Ragnar's friendship with him.
As Ragnar observed them, he realized his own hold on power was fragile. They no longer feared him and therefore he couldn't protect Athelstan, so he kind of let it happen. He knew it was sort of inevitable.
The same was true with the farmer. He couldn't let that guy live and tell his story. Ragnar needs the invasion of Paris to succeed. He wants everyone's attention on that, so he can regain his hold.
The farmer's tale would be disruptive and distracting, and ultimately threatening to his authority. Right now, IMO his leadership is threatened. He has something up his sleeve. It's really getting good.
Athelstan ramped up the Christianity quotient just as his loyalties were being questioned by Floki, so maybe Ragnar did see that resistance was futile.
His own love for Athelstan persists, however, as seen by his putting Athelstan's crucifix around his neck.
Floki's just a jealous bitch.
Floki was acting very odd in the preview I saw of tonight's episode. They're preparing to invade Paris. I think Ragnar's going to kill Floki. I have a feeling. I hope so.
Ragnar's fallen out with his current wife, too. He found out she cheated on him with that stranger while Siggie was watching the kids. Oh. It was Floki's wife who told on her.
Remember The Seer told Ragnar that Paris would be taken by dead men. Does that mean Floki and Kalf will lead the assault? Will Ragnar give them the "honor" of leading the way?
Why did Ragnar let Floki sit in as head of the Paris invasion plans? He basically put him in charge for the discussion, and Floki got all flustered and clammed up. Then Floki jumped up and tried to fly out of the tent.
I didn't understand what was supposed to be happening in that scene.
R171 : Ragnar might be playing with Floki as a vengence and a prelude to Floki's demise.
You can't expect him to be happy about F killing Athelstan, and let bygones be bygones can you ?
Haven't seen 7 yet but I just had to check in after finally catching up through episode 3.6--
Beautiful Athelstan, beautiful episode...fucking gorgeous setting for the burial.
Ragnar declaring his love, later putting the crucifix around his neck. We had so much more to talk about. Your god won't let me see you in heaven.
That's good stuff, as much as I will miss the sexy conflicted monk.
Where Ragnar buried Athelstan was where A said The Lord's Prayer and Ragnar repeated it, more or less.
Ep 6: "Paris:
So, did the Vikings invent those scaffolds for battle?
Oh no! Why is my beloved Ragnar spitting up blood?!
Will those nasty frogs beat his army of Viking studs?
Will I come to him in a vision to ease his sorrows, rub balm on his wounds, and fill him with a hot load of hope and strength?
Man, I thought Rollo and Bjorn were dead; Rollo sunk beneath the water and Bjorn had 2 arrows in him. Then when they had a scene where Lagetha comes into the tent to see her son, there was this weird soft focus to the shot, which had all 4 members of Ragnar's family. I thought maybe it was some kind of Viking death vision where everyone was reunited in the afterlife. I was happy that they're actually alive.
Floki has lost it. One good thing... Athelstan returns as a vision/ghost. If he doesn't drive Floki to suicide, I hope he and Ragnsr have a sweet and touching scene (with kissing).
So... did I get this right ?
Ragnar was obsessed with the Paris invasion, up to the point that he did murder a surviving settler so he wouldn,t spill the beans about Wessex massacre and distract from the new project.
BUT, he partly sabotages it by letting inefficient Floki lead -and having a lot of vikiings, among them memebers of his family, being wounded and killed - just to get back at Floki.
I liked his comment : "Don't fear your gods. Instead fear the fury of a patient man". But, wasn't that cutting your nose to spite your face.
I hope he has an "Athelstan hallucination" at some point.
I also thought Floki would begin to understand that he waqs wron to kill Athelstan, that this sacrifice didn't help them win, that, maybe, there are NO gods... But no, he is an integrist and he is already too far in his folly.
Ragnar seems more interested in learning and seeing new places than in conquering and fighting.
I hope Lagertha stomps Kalf's ass.
Bjorn really looked dead there for awhile. Based on where those crossbow bolts appeared to be, he looked like he could've had one if not two hemopneumothoraces (blood/air in the chest cavity). If Bjorn is nicknamed Ironsides, the Ragnar should be Ironman; he's tough. He walks around urinating blood and coughing up blood, yet ignores or subdues the pain so that he can try to communicate with his departed soul-mate, Athelstan, who meant more to Ragnar than anyone else in Ragnar's life (as we suspected, yet it's only now being shown to the audience). It's a shame their relationship wasn't developed more and shown to the viewers more, that could've been a very interesting storyline: gay viking and priest in the late 700s-early 800s.
Gutted that Athelstan was killed off. But the up side is the actor George Blagden has got the lead in a huge new series on Versailles. He's playing Louis XIV. Apparently he'll have lots of "torrid" sex scenes.
R181 - Just when Ragnar and Athelstan's relationship was getting really intense, Athelstan the Man is killed off. The only consolation I have is that George Blagden will be playing luscious and lustful Louis at Versailles. Oh, the costumes, the decadence will be a feast!
They sure seem to have a Ragnar peeing theme going on this season.
Ragnar forsook French riches and said his wish is to be baptized so when he dies he'll go to heaven and see his friend again. If that ain't love...
R183, it is not a peeing thing. Ragnar is pissing blood.
I love the irony that when the Pagan "finally" converts to Christianism it is out of love for another man ...
This has to be conflicting for the faithfuls.
I'm on the side of the French. Something I never thought I'd think. I'm just watching the most recent episode now, on my DVR, so I don't know how it ends yet. It's probably not good for a series when the audience roots for the opposing side,
R186, I'm sure Pope Ignorance VI's head would explode.
Well, I was shocked. Ragnar gets baptized? I was hoping Floki would get hacked to death, but with the finale coming up he's still walking around all crazy, blaming everything on Athelstan.
I can't root for the French. That French king and queen get on my last nerve. I feel really sorry for the Count who has to do all the fighting. He ought to kill them.
Linus Roache has been a revelation as King Eckbert. What a sleazy, conniving bastard. Alfred does grow up to be King of England. Not a spoiler.
Ragnar said he was dying, but maybe he won't? I'd hate to see Travis go. He really was good on this show. I did do some reading up in Wiki, and according to history, Ragnar's brother, Rollo really is important. Of course so is Ragnar's disabled son, Ivar the Boneless. Bjorn, too.
Really Ragnar is dying? Pissing blood means kidney problems...yeah gonna die soon.
Hmm, wonder if I should start watching this. Is there real gay action in it or is it all just fanfic stuff?
R190, if he's pissing blood it means his kidneys are still working. He seemed to be pissing a lot. Blood in your urine can heal. His coughing up blood may be worse.
He's supposed to die in King Aella's snake pit in England. At least historically. So I am assuming he goes back to avenge Ecbert's massacre of the Viking settlers.
[quote] Ragnar forsook French riches
No. He said it wasn't enough and in addition he wanted this intangible, i.e., the baptism.
Ragnar may have sincerely wanted the baptism but he'll probably tell his people it's a ruse to get into the city, maybe via the Christian you-know-whats.
They seem to have jumbled things together in this story line, so maybe he won't get dropped in King Aella's snakepit. Although it could still happen. It really doesn't look like Ragnar will recover. Did Travis give any interviews about next season?
His conversion to Christianity was certainly for Athelstan, but it was also a message to Floki. If I were Floki, I'd be terrified right now. Someone is going to kill him.I don't think he's going to die the honorable Viking death, in battle with a sword in his hand.
The fact is, the Norsemen did invade France & England and who knows where else, and who the fuck do you think settled Normandy?
R191 : It is there, not only in the slashers' wishful, feverish imagination, but it is mostly implied.
You don't get to see any "action". Powerful, understated looks.
There is a real declaration of love in season 3. But, we already had understood Ragnar and AThelstan loved each other. Their arc was well developped.
Mind you, the series deliver on showing shirtless hunks. You get eye candy.
Season 1 and 2 are interesting (after a slow start). Season 3 is a bit disappointg for me, yet, I'm still wtching. It is well done.
I knew I saw Fimmel's piercing blue eyes somewhere before and I did. Scoll down to see Travis in his younger day as a model. Anyone remember this ad?
R196, thanks for the info. Great that there's at least some kind of deeper emotional connection between the guys. I'll probably watch the show at some point. Seasons are thankfully fairly short so it won't take a year to go through all of them.
I'm impressed with this series and I hadn't planned to be. I started watching it on a whim, about a year ago, so I'm all caught up and now I look forward to it. It's very well done. I wonder how long they intend to keep it going. There are certainly enough storylines even without Ragnar.
How come no one ever talks about my Bad Bitch Laegurtha? She is stunning.
Damn. I thought the comments about Ragnar & Athelstan being hot for each other, was just typical DL ravings, as we are wont to do, but I never saw the extended scene. If that wasn't a declaration by Ragnar I don't know what is.
And then, there is a real declaration : "You can't leave me. I love you!" in ep 6, R208.
To which Athelboy answers : "It doesn't matter where I want to go. It,s where you want to go." And looks at him with eyes that silently mean : "I love you too. I will follow you."
*** SPOILERS ****
Then, Ahtelstan gets killed. But Ragnar keeps on talking to him. :-(
I know. That was so sad. When Ragnar carried his body up to the top of that hill, and sat next to it and spoke to him.
I want to see the hateful deranged Floki die a miserable horrible death.
I wonder what Rollo, Bjorn, and Lagurtha think or what they'll do now they've seen Ragnar baptized.
Rollo has a very big life ahead of him, BTW. Historical fact, not spoiler. I wonder if this series will continue so they can show us what happens to them all.
Tonight is the season finale. I want Floki to die, not Ragnar! Maybe someone will cure him.
Well, what an ending.
Rollo will fulfill his destiny that much is historically accurate. I was glad Ragnar looked Floki in the eye and said, "You killed Athalstan." Not a question, but a statement of fact. Look forward to Season 4. I'm hooked.
I was a bit let down by the cliffhanger ending but it had it's good and bad points: Ragnar still weak and seemingly near death; Rollo left in Paris and promised a princess; Bjorn stepping up and being a BAMF; the Norsemen finally taking Paris. At least Ragnar is still drawing breath and it looks like Floki knows he has a target on his back. Revenge for Athelstan!
Lord, it's gonna feel like forever until the show comes back.
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