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Dec 9 15 7:26 PM
Dec 17 15 4:21 PM
A couple years ago Sabermom did a great analysis of the Viking gods they represented in Season 2 promotions.
Looks like we now have to check the Last Supper to see who's who. Is Gustaf Judas?
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Dec 17 15 4:23 PM
Dec 17 15 7:48 PM
Dec 17 15 7:50 PM
‘Vikings’ Gets Additional 4-Episode Order, Season
4 Premiere Date
TV | By Joe Otterson on December 17, 2015 @ 10:33
Travis Fimmel returns as Nordic warrior king in
History’s drama series “Vikings” has been given
an additional four-episode order as well as a Season 4 premiere date, the
network announced Thursday.
The show will return on Feb. 18 at 10 p.m. ET.
Beginning on that date, a new episode will air every Thursday for 10 weeks with
the remaining episodes to air later in the year.
Season 3 culminated with the extraordinary battle
in Paris, where Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) seized victory from the jaws of defeat,
but he still returned to Kattegat dangerously ill.
Thoughts of his death galvanize the forces who
seek to succeed him as king, including his wife, Queen Aslaug (Alyssa
Sutherland), and his oldest son, Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig).
Meanwhile, Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) continues
her power struggles with her calculating, former second in command, Kalf (Ben
Robson). Rollo (Clive Standen) betrays his Vikings heritage by remaining in
Frankia and Floki (Gustaf Skarsgård) is seized for his brutal actions to the
Christian priest Athelstan.
Joining the cast this season are Peter Franzén as
King Harold Finehair, a complex character who seeks to be King of Norway and a
potential threat to Ragnar; Jasper Pääkkönen as Halfdan the Black, King
Harold’s violent younger brother; and Dianne Doan as Yidu, a completely
different character within the world of the Vikings who fascinates Ragnar.
Hirst created and writes the series in addition
to serving as executive producer. Morgan O’Sullivan, Sheila Hockin, John Weber,
Sherry Marsh, Alan Gasmer and James Flynn also executive produce. Jana Bennett
and Arturo Interian are the executives in charge of production for History.
“Vikings” is an international Irish/Canadian
co-production by World 2000 and Take 5 Productions. MGM Television brought the
series to the network and serves as the worldwide distributor outside of Ireland
“Vikings” is produced in association with Shaw
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Dec 17 15 7:59 PM
Vikings creator Michael Hirst shares exclusive
image, teases betrayals in season 4
It's the Last Supper for Ragnar, and everyone
might be Judas.
Posted December 17 2015 — 10:00 AM EST
A picture of the Last Supper portraying pagan
Vikings in the role of Christ and his apostles may seem, to some, very
controversial. But I would say, if nothing else, it emphasizes the centrality
of belief systems and spirituality in the show. We are addressing that conflict
between Christianity and paganism.
So many Renaissance artists painted a version of
the Last Supper because of art starting to perform a new function. The depict
human and emotional dilemmas using this motif, the image of prophesied
betrayal. All the figures in these paintings are concentrated around the words:
“One of you will betray me.” I think that’s the key to understanding this image
that we have from the show. It’s exactly the same issue that’s being
Looking at this, there are at least four people
in this picture who’ve already betrayed Ragnar. And there are two people who
are going to betray him again.
We start with Ragnar, the central, Christlike
character in a study of prophesied betrayal. He sits on a throne, looking
straight out of the picture.
It’s interesting that his oldest son Bjorn doesn’t
even have a place at the table. Does that suggest that he might be excluded
from the succession? He seems to be whispering earnestly in his father’s ear.
Could be he whispering a warning about who might betray Ragnar?
Lagertha sits on Ragnar’s left. So Bjorn is
standing behind his parents, and this makes a family triangle. This is the
central relationship which goes right back to the beginning of the show, and
has continued through four seasons, one way or another, to remain central.
Lagertha is also looking straight ahead. She is not visually engaged with any
other character in the picture — not even Kalf, who loves her, and saved her
life in Paris. This reinforces the image of Lagertha as a very strong and
She is surrounded by three powerful men — her
ex-husband, who is now a king; her current lover, who is an earl; and her son,
who is already a famous warrior. But the picture seems to be saying that she
doesn’t need them or depend on them. She is already her own woman.
By contrast, Kalf is staring at her fixedly and
unashamedly. He is a man in love. He is not engaged with anyone else, even
Ragnar. So perhaps it suggests he may not be the one who is going to betray
Queen Aslaug, Ragnar’s wife, sits on the right
side of him, a position sometimes occupied by Judas Iscariot in Renaissance
paintings of the Last Supper. Her body language is very interesting. She is
turned, almost deliberately, away from Ragnar — suggesting, at least, that
their marriage is cold and loveless.
Sitting on her knee is her crippled son, Ivar. It was Ivar who Ragnar left outside to die as a baby, but who Aslaug saved. It’s clear she still has a very close and protective attitude toward the boys. She is still, in fact, protecting him from Ragnar, by turning her back on the king.
We might remember she has already betrayed Ragnar by sleeping with the wanderer, Harbard. And, at the end of season 3, she coldly ordered the murder of the Christian convert. Could it be that her role in the dramas ahead will be darker and more unexpected?
Floki, sitting next to her, seems to think so.
His finger is pointed, almost accusingly, at Aslaug. Perhaps he is wondering
what she will do next. Or just, perhaps, he is wondering if he is going to
develop some relationship with her, now that she seems to have turned more
Viking. This interpretation is bolstered by the way young Ivar is staring at
Floki, with clear fascination.
We remember, too, that Floki has also effectively
betrayed Ragnar by murdering the beloved monk Athelstan. We know that, now the
secret is out, Floki will have to pay for his betrayal. That may be why Floki
seems also to be looking across Aslaug, and also at Ragnar. Their relationship
has always been complicated. But at the same time, Floki has always loved
Ragnar and, in a sense, killed Athelstan out of jealousy.
To the right of Floki are a strange couple. King
Ecbert of Wessex, and Judith, the wife of his son, Aethelwulf. They have become
lovers. Unlike Ragnar, who does not enjoy power, Ecbert wears his crown. He has
large personal and political ambitions, and he doesn’t mind who he betrays to
bring them about. He, too, has actually already betrayed Ragnar, by doing a
deal with him, and giving his land for a farming settlement, then ordering the
slaughter of his settlers behind his back. And that may not, in fact, be the
Judith watches him out of the corner of her eyes.
He is not to be trusted. She too, of course, is a betrayer, having betrayed her
husband to sleep first with Athelstan, and then with her own father-in-law. But
like all the women in the picture, she is actually strong and independently
minded. And although watchful, she is clearly neither timid nor afraid.
On the far side of the table are another strange
couple: the Viking Warrior Rollo, Ragnar’s brother, and Gisla, the daughter of
the Frankish Emperor. The Emperor has done a deal with Rollo, giving him
titles, land, and the hand in marriage of his daughter, if Rollo will betray
Ragnar again and protect Paris against his next attack. Gisla does not look
sure about the whole enterprise. She is not looking at Rollo at all.
Nor, it has to be said, is he looking at her, but
he sure is looking shifty. He looks like a betrayer, and unlike, say, the apostles
in Da Vinci’s famous painting, who are all making gestures of innocence and
incredulity, Rollo doesn’t seem to mind being exposed as a betrayer at all.
Dec 27 15 1:57 PM
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