Vikings (2013): S01E08 – Sacrifice


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

As Lagertha is unable to conceive another son, Ragnar takes his family and followers to the temple at Uppsala to attend a great rite to the Æsir and Vanir. He pledges fealty to King Horik, who charges Ragnar with an embassy to Jarl Borg, a rival encroaching on Horik’s lands. Siggy chides Rollo for not paying attention to his own advancement and sleeping with other women. Priests question Athelstan, now in norse garb, about his faith. Athelstan denies Christ three times. They discern that despite his claims, he has not renounced Christianity, and they declare him unfit to be sacrificed to the gods. Leif, Ragnar’s follower, volunteers in Athelstan’s place for this single honour and is sacrificed by King Horik at the climax of the rite together with eight other men and numerous animals.

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): Ken Girotti.
  • Writer(s): Michael Hirst.
  • Release Date: 21 April 2013.
  • Running time: 45 minutes (per episode).
  • Rating: 18.
  • Country: US
  • Language: English.

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