Vikings (2013): S01E01 – Rites of Passage


Introduction

Vikings is a historical drama television series, written and created by Michael Hirst for the television channel History.

The series broadly follows the exploits of the legendary Viking chieftain Ragnar Lothbrok and his crew, and in later seasons those of his sons.

The first season premiered on 03 March 2013 in Canada and concluded on 28 April 2013, consisting of nine episodes.

Outline

Ragnar and his brother, Rollo, return from a battle in the Baltic lands during which Ragnar has visions of the god Odin and his valkyries. Home again, Ragnar takes his son Bjorn to Kattegat, for Bjorn’s rite of passage. Left at home, Ragnar’s wife Lagertha quickly dispatches two would-be rapists. While in Kattegat, Ragnar convinces Rollo that raids to the West are worthwhile and possible, thanks to new navigational tools, but is rebuked by his ruler, Earl Haraldson, who continues to order raids into the Baltic; but, also has the upstart, Ragnar, watched. Bjorn and Ragnar visit Floki, Ragnar’s friend and a gifted shipwright, who has been secretly building a new type of longship, which they successfully test. Meanwhile, back at home, Rollo makes unwelcome advances on Lagertha. Ragnar has yet another vision of Odin, standing on the shoreline. This convinces Ragnar to finally move on with his plan.

Vikings Series

You can find a full index and overview of Vikings here.

You can find a full index of Vikings Series 01 here.

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s): Johan Renck.
  • Writer(s): Michael Hirst.
  • Release Date: 03 March 2013.
  • Running time: 45 minutes (per episode).
  • Rating: 18.
  • Country: US
  • Language: English.

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