Critic Consensus: Vikings makes up for its slow pace with captivating characters and visual appeal.
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In Season 2 of "Vikings," Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel) forges an uneasy truce between King Horik of Denmark (Donal Logue) and Jarl Borg of Gotäland (Thorbjørn Harr). However, his victory comes with a price: his family falling apart. Nonetheless, Ragnar pushes on with his plans to raid and conquer England with Horik's aid. In England, they encounter the wily King Ecbert of Wessex (Linus Roache), who thwarts the Viking invasion at every turn. Back at home in Kattegat, trouble brews and leads to… More
|Premiere Date:||Feb 27, 2014|
|Executive Producers:||Michael Hirst, John Weber, Morgan O'Sullivan, Alan Gasmer, Sherry Marsh, James Flynn, James Flynn, Sheila Hockin|
|Producers:||Michael Hirst, John Weber, Morgan O'Sullivan, Alan Gasmer, Sherry Marsh, James Flynn, Steve Wakefield, Sheila Hockin|
as Ragnar Lothbrok
as King Horik
as Jarl Borg
as King Ecbert
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The best of what Vikings has to offer, besides artfully, horrifically staged sequences of warfare, is fierce Lagertha. Played by Katheryn Winnick (a black-belt tae kwon do teacher in a past life), she may be the most exciting feminist character on TV.
One of the things I love most about Vikings is how visually arresting it is. It has one of the most haunting opening credit sequences that I've ever seen.
The reasons for Vikings success stem from its stellar casting, and top-notch writing from Tudors veteran Michael Hirst.
The series greatest strength is the sense that we're visiting a culture, a people that has been so mysterious; that we're seeing both the mundane and extraordinary aspects of what a Viking's life may have been.
This gorgeously shot drama -- and it's one of the most visually striking shows on TV -- is simple but not simplistic, and that's a crucial distinction.
Audience Reviews for Vikings: Season 2
It's slightly more polished than Season 1 but most of it's problems remain, like the poor dialogues, the overexposition and characters that lack any decent evolution or motivations. Take Siggy for example, exacly what makes her so hungry for power? Is there anything behind that desire? We're left clueless as she shifts alliances here and there and that doesn't help any TV show.
Lagertha still manages to be the most interesting thing going on the series thanks to the good work of Katheryn Winnick and to those who lust for some nice epic battles, you got plenty here.
As with many shows, it is in its sophomore season that Vikings finds sure footing, and although the first episode of season 2 feels like it probably should have instead been the first season's finale, the show overall takes form as its own animal.
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