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The wait is almost over! After months of sitting on the edges of our seats the hit History Channel series will finally be airing its Season 3 premiere on Thursday, Feb. 19. And we have to admit, weâre pretty excited to see what Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) will be up to now that heâs sporting the title of Denmarkâs newest king.
But from the looks of the promo video for episode 1, âMercenary,â it seems as though Ragnar will be kicking off his reign on a rather bloody note. âTomorrow we attack Paris!â the farm-turned-warrior shouts to the weapon-wielding Nordics in the trailer.
The summary for episode 1 teases that the ârestless wandererâ will head to the âmythical city of Parisâ toÂ explore.Â But will Ragnarâs curiosity get the best of him? âRumored to be impenetrable to outside forces, Ragnar and his band of Norsemen must come together to break down its walls and cement the Vikings legend in history,âÂ the synopsis states.
According to showrunner Michael Hirst, Â the attack on Paris is going to be a continuous plotline in Season 3 of the series.
"This isn't a storyline that's going to go away in a couple episodes,"Â Hirst explained to Zap2It. "It's a storyline that's going right through the end of Season 3, into Season 4, and it has huge impact on several of our leading characters."Â
Could the âimpactâ Hirst mentioned be a reference to the possible demise of a main character? In the newest promo video for Season 3 of âVikings,â fans can see Ragnar taking a brutal blow to the stomach as a sharpened spear pierces him, leaving a bloody trail. Does that mean fans should anticipate the death of the soil-loving king? Well, considering the series has followed the legend of Ragnar rather closely, we think itâs safe to rule that theory out.
However, we do know that Ragnar would be willing to die on the battlefield if need be. âWe fight,âÂ he says to BjornÂ (Alexander Ludwig) in the promo video for the new season. âThat is how we win, that is how we die.â
âVikingsâ will air its Season 3 premiere on Thursday, Feb. 19, at 10 p.m. EST on the History Channel.
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This should be fun. Looks like we'll continue to see the Floki-Althelstan interactions
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In the Season 2 finale of "Vikings," Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard) proved that he's still on Ragnar's (Travis Fimmel) side when he suddenly turned against his supposed ally King Horik (Donal Logue), who plotted a treacherous plan to attack Kattegat and kill the then-earl along with his whole family.
"There's definitely a rift being created between Floki and Ragnar due to Ragnar's religious curiosity," Blagden told Zap2it.
In last season's Episode 9, titled "The Choice," King Ecbert [Linus Roache] successfully defeated the Viking raiders led by King Horik. King Aelle (Ivan Kaye) wanted to crush the remaining troops of the Nordic wanderers but King Ecbert decided to offer the pagan warriors land and employ them as mercenaries to fight against Mercia.
And while Floki thinks that fighting on behalf of the Christians isn't really a good idea considering the number of men that they'll be losing during the battles, Ragnar seems to always look at the positive side of things.
"Ragnar is an opportunist, but he's a man of loyalty and integrity," Blagden said. "The assault on Mercia is to make sure his people have a future and he's trying to find a way to negotiate with King Ecbert."
And while Ragnar and Floki's friendship is crumbling, the relationship between the King of Denmark and Athelstan remains intact.
"It's useful to have someone else he trusts who's probably the most objective of his family," the 25-year-old British star said. "Over two seasons we've seen Ragnar create fractured relationships with his family and friends, but that hasn't really happened with Athelstan."
As for how his character is dealing with his religious identity problem, Blagden told Zap2it, "He's finding this comfort zone in the discomfort zone, between two religions [Christianity and Paganism]. I think that's why he chooses to go back to Kattegat and be part of the viking culture and the Lothbrok clan [at the end of Season 2]."
History announced last month that "Vikings" will return Thursday, Feb. 19, at 10:00 p.m. ET.
The show's 10-episode third season logline, obtained by TVLine, reads as follows: "With the promise of new land from the English, Ragnar leads his people to an uncertain fate on the shores of Wessex.... Ever the restless wanderer, Ragnar is searching for something more, and he finds it in the mythical city of Paris. Rumored to be impenetrable to outside forces, Ragnar and his band of Norsemen must come together to break down its walls and cement the Vikings legend in history."
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Jan 23 15 10:41 AM
I probably should have gone straight to the source article. Zap2it
With the return of "Vikings" comes a definite change in tone for one of the show's strongest relationships. At the end of Season 2, Floki proved his complete loyalty to Ragnar, leading to the death of King Horik. While that was happening, Ragnar was delving further into his fascination with Christianity with Athelstan at his side.
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Jim Mitchell March 12, 2015
Gustaf Skarsgard as Floki.
Whether by alchemy or design, a TV show worth its salt should deliver at least one breakout character. In History Channel's Vikings, it's the indomitable Floki played by Swedish-born Gustaf Skarsgard, 34, brother to Alexander, son to Stellan. Outsider, confidant, Shakespearean court jester, dark soul and pagan fundamentalist, Floki is the epitome of the paradoxical eccentric threatening to steal every scene he's in.
"Johan Renck who directed the pilot, really encouraged me to dare to go for it," says Skarsgard. "Even on the audition I went for it halfway but he really encouraged me to take it even further with the quirkiness of his voice and physicality. And then, with a long-running show like this, it's kind of like a crossbreeding situation between the actor and the writer. [Creator Michael Hirst] had written the first couple of episodes and then when he saw what I put into the character, that inspired Michael to take the character in a certain direction."
Mercurial, unhinged, quirky, mud and blood-soaked, are key to Floki, the master Viking shipbuilder and loyal right hand man to Earl Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel); from his spiky, balding crown, dark guy-liner reminiscent of clown tears, signature quizzical cadence and high-pitched chuckle, to his impish swagger.
"I wanted him to be crooked somehow," says Skarsgard. "I just imagined this guy, he'd been walking around his whole life with an axe in his hand building boats. How would that form your body?"
Skarsgard's creative input also made it on to the battlefield. He insisted to the Vikings creative team that an eccentric shipbuilder would not carry a shield.
"To me, Floki is an outsider. He's a loner; he's this weird genie living in the forest at the beginning of the show. He wouldn't have had the normal shield wall [training] as the other boys because he was too weird!" he laughs. "Sometimes they keep on insisting on trying to give me a shield though. They have a Floki shield, especially painted for me. I'm like 'Dude, we've been doing this for three years! Have you ever seen me with a shield?' He's more of an axe man, axe and knife. He does get a sword, though, in season two."
Like the most captivating and, frankly, best characters of television's modern age, Floki is something of an enigma, his presence steeped in dangerous unpredictability.
"That's what's so exciting about him because if he was only the jester or only the comic relief, that would have been flat and boring," says Skarsgard. "You never know what way he's gonna go so that actually allows me in any scene we're doing to be so free to do whatever. Sometimes if I feel I've been too crazy or over the top, I get tired of myself as an actor. Then I know I can just sit and sulk in a corner."
In season two, shifting allegiances are a constant for many characters. Ragnar, his sprawling family, his stronghold on Kattegat and plundered gains in Britain – all are in grave danger of being toppled. In a definite nod to an inspiration for Floki, the mischief-maker Loki of Norse mythology, Floki's loyalty to Ragnar, unthinkably, bends towards treason. Skarsgard is quick to defend his character's loyalty.
"He's crazy and volatile but I don't think he would compromise on that loyalty for personal gain," he says. "But having said that, what he is probably more loyal towards than to Ragnar is his gods, the religion. He is kind of the fundamentalist of them all, the pagan fundamentalist."
Asked if he borrows from himself to play Floki, Skarsgard reveals he can relate to "the switch between hubris and self-loathing. But Floki's bipolar and I'm not. Floki really amps himself up; he's either chosen by the gods, almost even divine in his self-perception and then the next moment he's worthless, he's awful".
The only real glimmer of Floki in the otherwise mellow demeanour of Skarsgard is his cheeky inflection when quizzed on what's in store for Floki in the forthcoming third season.
"A little tease? The main conflict for Floki in season three is that he's torn between his loyalty towards the gods and to Ragnar," he says.
And, though the axe that hovers over the cast is not as well-worn as that of The Walking Dead or Game of Thrones, the Vikings ensemble are well aware that Valhalla may call on delivery of the next script.
"No one's safe in the eighth century!" says Skarsgard. "We have this joke, the producer Keith [Thompson], we call him the Angel of Death because he will walk up to someone and he will say 'Do you have a minute?' He takes them aside and says 'So, we've finally come to this point. It's time for you to move on'."
Vikings, Thursday, March 19, SBS One, 8.30pm.
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