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The first season of History's Vikings often took our breath
away. The scenery was gorgeous, the fighting and their lifestyle were
gruesome and the relationships were intense. How does that translate to
offscreen chemistry? The cast seems pretty bonded. But for how long?
When SheKnows met the cast of Vikings at Comic-Con,
we were surprised at just how close they seemed. Travis Fimmel, who
plays Ragnar and Clive Standen, who plays Ragnar's brother Rollo, sat
with us first. Just like brothers, they had each other's backs. Fimmel
was surprisingly quiet and red-eyed, and Standen was quick to come to
"This guy has been in every scene for the last week," Standen
explained. "He's always the last to leave. When we get back tomorrow,
he's the first in and the last to leave. So forgive the man, he's had a
As bad as we felt for Fimmel, we were also thrilled to know History already has them hard at work on the second season.
The only person able to bring out a bit of Fimmel's energy was Gustaf
Skarsgård, the man behind the impish shipbuilder, Floki. While posing
for pictures, Skarsgård was able to bring out a bit of Fimmel's
silliness. The two play best friends on Vikings and their playfulness definitely showed itself at Comic-Con.
Despite their off-camera bond and the shared history between Ragnar
and Floki and Ragnar and Rollo, will that bond remain in Season 2? Based
on the new teaser, that seems highly unlikely. Take a look at all the
SPOILERS ahead: As if the fact that Ragnar and Rollo
are facing off isn't enough to make you worry, did you notice whose
head appears to get thwapped off? If Rollo or his men slay Floki, things
will only get uglier. Why do you think Floki seems to be targeted? Is
Rollo jealous of Floki's relationship with Ragnar... or is this just
typical Viking brutality?
Standen gave us a little insight that, in retrospect, has us quite concerned.
"What you're going to see in Season 2 is going to be devastating for
certain people," Standen said. "And some people may not come out alive
because of the actions Rollo takes."
GASP! If the Season 2 teaser isn't overly dramatizing things and Floki is a goner, will you be crushed? We will.
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The Vikings cast landed in San Diego for Comic-Con, and with the
show’s rising fan base, they found themselves being greeted like rock
stars during their short 48-hour visit.
I checked in with Gustaf Skarsgård (Floki) and George Blagden
(Athelstan) to discuss their feelings about the show’s increasing
popularity, and to find out what is in store for their characters for
These two actors’ roles couldn’t be any more different and as they
interacted with one another, I was excited to notice how Skarsgård
showcases some of Floki’s mischievousness while Blagden can be as
introspective as Athelsan is. They also made me realize this was going
to be a fun, unique, and interesting interview.
Since Blagden also shared how filming in Ireland was like being in a
“bubble,” especially as the show hasn’t premiered there yet – I inquired
about how they felt seeing so many Vikings’ fans flock to see them
during their scheduled Comic-Con events and appearances
“Having just done that panel, feeling the love and warmth of the
audience, it’s great,” Skarsgård stated with excitement. “They really
love the show and care for the characters. It’s rewarding!”
From there, the actors proudly discussed the show’s historical
perspective while pointing out most people’s, including them, lack of
knowledge about the Vikings. “When you start doing proper research about
the Vikings, you realize there are lots of things you don’t know. There
are a lot of sources, and they’re contradictory. They didn’t write back
then, it’s written in stones. Most of the written materials we have
from that time [come] from other cultures and how they perceived the
Vikings,” Skarsgård noted. He then turned to Blagden, as if he were in
character: “You didn’t quite like us as much as we like ourselves!”
Although not friendly on screen, the camaraderie between Blagden and Skarsgård was evident at the Comic-Con press rooms.
That elicited both agreement and a chuckle from Blagden so Skarsgård
continued, being very vocal about the many misconceptions surrounding
Vikings today. “Even in Sweden and in Scandinavia, we share the same
misconceptions about Vikings as the rest of the world. Actually, in
getting into this, I got surprised by a lot of things. I would read this
script – no, that can’t be it – and as I did the research, I was like
that’s how it went down, that’s how it worked.”
The interview was interrupted by Travis Fimmel (Ragnar) who, while
sitting at the table next to us, unexpectedly slapped Blagden on the
back! Blagden gave him quite a look, while the rest of us reacted with a
mix of gasps and laughs. All I can think about, aside from *OUCH*, is
how the men in the cast interact with another as if they were brothers
or fellow fraternity members – all very cool in itself. A grinning
Fimmel goes back to his interview while Skarsgård remains amused and
Blagden attempts to answer the next question: What is Athelstan up to in
“Athelstan is playing the game even more. He’s really trying to hide
from Floki because Floki knows and sees everything, probably more so
than Ragnar or Rollo”
“…Or Athelstan himself!” Skarsgård adds.
Blagden agrees, adding: “Athelstan is playing this big pretender
game: ‘I am one of you. Trust me that I can be part of your society.’
We’ll see but it’s very much in the balance."
Editorial Note: I love the camaraderie between these actors. It’s
like I’m witnessing an emerging band of brothers who are very in tune
and connected to one other in quite a playful way.
The actors then discussed their favorite scenes from last season.
For Blagden, it’s the sacrifice scene. “Michael [Hirst] describes
episode eight as his perfect vision of what Viking society is and what
it represents and he wants to get that across about the show. Just some
of the filming techniques we used I’ve that never done before. It was a
really great, expressive and also learning curve through technical
“My favorite scene was probably when I was on the ship in the storm,”
Skarsgård said. “They have heavy wave machines, lighting machines and
thunder, and it’s really noisy. I have this speech about the gods loving
my boat. It’s actually like you’re really having a storm do that. I was
soaked and there was this wave machine that hit me straight in the
face. That was fun!”
Next, Blagden was asked to speculate about why Ragnar might have
saved Athelstan but Skarsgård jumped in, exclaiming, “I think he fell in
“It’s a bromance,” Blagden explained before providing a more serious
answer. “Ragnar is an opportunist. That’s what makes him different to
maybe Rollo. Rollo is very single minded. Ragnar is an opportunist and
an opportunity rose; he discovers Athelstan behind the altar and he
discovers he speaks his own language. He’s very smart – Ragnar – and he
actually had this whole process, ‘I can use this man, potentially he can
use this man in the future’…”
“Wrap it up!”
It’s Fimmel again, injecting himself into the conversation once more
but it’s Blagden who has the last word in this playful exchange: “I’m
singing your praises here!”
His response also marked the end of our fun-filled conversation.
Going forward, it sounds like we can expect some complex and interesting
interpersonal dynamics during Vikings’ season two. Personally, I can’t
wait to see more of Athelstan and Floki!
Vikings will return to the History Channel in 2014.
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sabermom wrote:FINALLY, the full panel! (And Christine, I agree - majorly crushed! But I'm also quite confident that he'll survive. I think my favorite thing about the media room interviews has been watching him dodge answering questions about Floki's fate.)
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