TV Review: Vikings (Season 3, 2015)

Spoilers for season 1 and 2 of Vikings follow.

I started this blog after the first two seasons had come and gone, but rest assured they were both fantastic. If you are not watching this, I cannot recommend it enough.

+ Travis Fimmel plays Ragnar Lothbrok, now King of his merry band of vikings, and his acting is superb, but it is his bright blue eyes that tell most of the story. His character evolves in many ways throughout this season, leading on from the first two, ensuring he never gets boring or predictable.
+ Rollo (Clive Standen) and Floki (Gustaf Skarsgård) round out the trio of Vikings mainstays. Rollo gains and loses the most through this third season, but Floki easily has the most impact on the other characters
+ George Blagden as Christian monk Athelstan is the source of much conflict between the lead trio, with a conflict of faiths and Gods taking centre stage
+ it is great to watch Alexander Ludwig grow up as Bjorn, Ragnar’s son, and Katheryn Winnick is as badass and ridiculously good looking as ever as Ragnar’s ex-wife, the shield maiden Lagertha
+ Linus Roache is fantastic as King Eckbert of Wessex, the wily king of the areas the Vikings want to raid. One scene in particular with rival King Ragnar is a joy to watch
+ the action is violent as ever, and the show’s tradition of never getting predictable is upheld
+ the politics are played in similar ways to Game of Thrones, with different unions and rivalries placed on the table, and swept off just as quickly
+ the final moment in the final scene is a fantastic cliffhanger, I can’t wait to see what happens

– Floki has some questionable moments throughout the season, acting out of character (even though his character is meant to be slightly unpredictable)
– sometimes keeping the audience in the dark is played a bit too obviously, when it may have been more beneficial to let us know characters’ motivations beforehand
– whilst obviously there is a fourth season in the works, a handful of plot points were brushed over, including one or two seemingly important revelations which were just never mentioned again

> You may recognise the surname of Gustaf Skarsgård; he is brothers with Alexander, of True Blood, and son to Stellan Skarsgård, from Thor and Avengers fame.

Should you watch this show: Yes. Admittedly, season 3 was probably the weakest of the three so far, but it has enough shocking moments, and certainly the high-stakes battles that will keep any viewer interested. And by the Gods, I really want to know what happens next.

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