History struck gold with their miniseries, “Hatfields and McCoys” and their planning to entice the audience again with “Vikings.”

This miniseries will tell the story of Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel) as he travels to distant lands in search of new civilations. Instead of telling the story from an outsider’s view, “Vikings” will be told directly from the first person view of the vikings themselves:

“While VIKINGS is filled with conflict, warfare and bloodshed – for these were extreme times – it is a family saga at heart. It follows the adventures of Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel, ‘The Beast,’ ‘Baytown Outlaws’), a curious, compelling man who is always looking to break through barriers and discover new worlds to conquer. A young farmer and family man, Ragnar is deeply frustrated by the unadventurous policies of his local chieftain, Earl Haraldson (Gabriel Byrne, ‘In Treatment,’ ‘Usual Suspects,’ ‘Millers Crossing’), who continues to send his Vikings raiders east every summer, to the Baltic states and Russia, whose populations are as materially poor as themselves.

VIKINGS will chart Ragnar’s ambitions to discover civilizations across the great ocean to the west as well as his inevitable conflicts along the way. With the help of his jester friend Floki, (Gustaf Skarsgard, ‘The Way Back’), they build a new generation of boats – faster, sleeker and more beautifully crafted than anything else on the sea.

The series will also delve into how the Vikings – the last pagans – worshipped ancient gods like Odin, Thor, Freya and Loki. Ragnar claims to be a direct descendant of the Norse god Odin, who, as well as being the god of warriors slain in battle, is also the god of curiosity.

Joining Fimmel, Byrne and Skarsgard are Katheryn Winnick (‘Bones,’ ‘Love and Other Drugs,’ ‘The Black Marks’) as Lagertha, a fierce shield maiden and Ragnar’s wife; Jessalyn Gilsig (‘Glee,’ ‘Heroes,’ ‘Nip/Tuck,’ ‘Friday Night Lights’) as Siggy, Earl Haraldson’s beautiful wife; George Blagden (‘Les Miserables,’ ‘Wrath of the Titans’) as Athelstan, a young, innocent Christian monk captured by Ragnar on his first raid on England and Clive Standen (‘Camelot,’ ‘Robin Hood’) as Rollo, Ragnar’s impulsive, wild, care-free brother.”

Sounds quite interesting, doesn’t it? We have some TV spots for you to check out that will air tonight. These spots introduce three characters from the miniseries. Take a look at the spots and tell us what you think in the comments section. “Vikings,” a nine-part miniseries, will air March 3 at 10/9c on History.

“Brother (Rollo)”

“The Monk (Athelstan)”

“The Visionary (Floki)”

“Vikings Defiance”

Vikings History

By Monique Jones

Monique Jones blogs about race and culture in entertainment, particularly movies and television. You can read her articles at Racialicious, and her new site, COLOR . You can also listen to her new podcast, What would Monique Say.

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