Vikings Series 03 Overview


Introduction

The third season of the historical drama television series Vikings premiered on 19 February 2015 on History in Canada, and concluded on 23 April 2015, consisting of ten episodes.

The series broadly follows the exploits of the legendary Viking chieftain Ragnar Lothbrok and his crew, and later those of his sons. The first season of the series begins at the start of the Viking Age, marked by the Lindisfarne raid in 793.

Outline

The third season follows the development of Ragnar’s family, and the Vikings as they become more entwined in English affairs – and also begin to raid further afield.

Cast

  • Main:
    • Travis Fimmel as King Ragnar Lothbrok, the head of the Viking earldom of Kattegat who became king after Horik’s death.
    • Katheryn Winnick as Lagertha, a shield-maiden and Ragnar’s ex-wife; she controls the Earldom of Hedeby calling herself Earl Ingstad.
    • Clive Standen as Rollo, a warrior and Ragnar’s brother.
    • Jessalyn Gilsig as Siggy, widow of Earl Haraldson and Rollo’s lover.
    • Gustaf Skarsgård as Floki, a gifted shipbuilder and friend of Ragnar’s.
    • George Blagden as Athelstan, an Anglo-Saxon monk from Northumbria who is torn between the Viking gods and the Christian God; he is a friend and adviser to both King Ragnar and King Ecbert.
    • Alexander Ludwig as Bjorn Ironside, Ragnar and Lagertha’s son, who has fallen in love with the shield-maiden Þórunn.
    • Alyssa Sutherland as Queen Aslaug, Brynhildr’s daughter and Ragnar’s second wife.
    • Ben Robson as Kalf, the ruler of Hedeby in the absence of Lagertha.
    • Linus Roache as the ruthless King Ecbert of Wessex.
    • Kevin Durand as Harbard, a wanderer.
    • Lothaire Bluteau as Emperor Charles of West Francia.
  • Recurring:
    • Amy Bailey as Princess/Queen Kwenthrith of Mercia.
    • Moe Dunford as Prince Aethelwulf of Wessex, son of King Ecbert.
    • Maude Hirst as Helga, Floki’s wife.
    • Gaia Weiss as Þórunn (/θorunn/), a freed slave and Björn’s love interest.
    • Jefferson Hall as Torstein, one of Ragnar’s warriors.
    • Jennie Jacques as Princess Judith of Northumbria, daughter of King Ælle, wedded to Aethelwulf.
    • John Kavanagh as the Seer, a seiðmann.
    • Steve Wall as Einar, a relative of late Jarl Sigvard and an opponent of Lagertha in Hedeby.
    • Cathal O’Hallin as Hvitserk, second son of Ragnar and Aslaug.
    • Cormac Melia as Ubbe, eldest son of Ragnar and Aslaug.
    • Philip O’Sullivan as Bishop Edmund, serving at the court of King Ecbert.
    • Aaron Monaghan as Prince Burgred, the younger brother of Princess Kwenthrith.
    • Edvin Endre as Erlendur, son of King Horik.
    • Georgia Hirst as Torvi, the widow of Jarl Borg and the new wife of Erlendur.
    • Greg Orvis as Earl Siegfried, one of the Viking commanders in the siege of Paris.
    • Frankie McCafferty as Sinric, a polyglot drifter.
    • Owen Roe as Count Odo of Paris.
    • Morgane Polanski as Princess Gisla of West Francia, the daughter of Emperor Charles.
    • Huw Parmenter as Roland, Count Odo’s first-in-command and Therese’s brother.
    • Mark Huberman as Louis, a soldier in Paris.
    • Karen Hassan as Therese, Roland’s sister and Count Odo’s mistress.
  • Guests:
    • Ian Beattie as King Brihtwulf of Mercia.
    • Ivan Kaye as King Aelle of Northumbria.
    • Elinor Crawley as Thyri, Earl Haraldson and Siggy’s daughter.
    • Søren Pilmark as Stender, a farmer who escaped Wessex after Aethelwulf’s raid.
    • Eddie Drew as Odin, appearing in Ragnar’s visions.
    • Carl Shaaban as Jesus, appearing in Ragnar’s visions.
    • James Murphy as Ansgar, a monk who is trying to convert Vikings in Kattegat.

Production

Development

An Irish-Canadian co-production presented by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Vikings was developed and produced by Octagon Films and Take 5 Productions. Morgan O’Sullivan, Sheila Hockin, Sherry Marsh, Alan Gasmer, James Flynn, John Weber, and Michael Hirst are credited as executive producers. This season was produced by Steve Wakefield and Keith Thompson. Bill Goddard and Séamus McInerney act as co-producers.

The production team for this season includes casting directors Frank and Nuala Moiselle, costume designer Joan Bergin, visual effects supervisors Julian Parry and Dominic Remane, stunt action designers Franklin Henson and Richard Ryan, composer Trevor Morris, production designer Mark Geraghty, editors Aaron Marshall for the first, third, fifth, seventh and ninth episodes, and Tad Seaborn for the second, fourth, sixth, eighth and tenth episodes, and cinematographer PJ Dillon.

Music

The musical score for the third season was composed by Trevor Morris in collaboration with Einar Selvik and Steve Tavaglione. The opening sequence is again accompanied by the song “If I Had a Heart” by Fever Ray.

The soundtrack album was released on May 15, 2015 by Sony Classical Records. Two additional pieces not included in the album are Selvik’s original songs “Voluspá” – featured in “Born Again”, just before the score track “Floki Appears to Kill Athelstan” – and “Heljarlokk”, written by Selvik and Lindy-Fay Hella and featured in “The Dead”. “Voluspá” was released as a single by Wardruna on 09 November 2018.

Additional non-original music by Norwegian music group Wardruna is featured in the episodes “The Wanderer”, “Paris”, “To the Gates!” and “Breaking Point”. The featured tracks – which were not included in the soundtrack release – are “Helvegen”, “Løyndomsriss”, “Heimta Thurs”, “Algir – Tognatale”, “Rotlaust Tre Fell”, “Sowelu”, “IwaR”, “IngwaR” and “Ár var alda”.

Music by Canadian throat singer Tanya Tagaq is also featured in this season’s soundtrack; the vocals in Tagaq’s “Uja” are contained in the score track “Battle for the Hill of the Ash”, which plays in the episode “Warrior’s Fate”, while the song “Howl” is featured in the episode “The Dead”.

Vikings Series

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

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s): Ken Girotti, Jeff Woolnough, Helen Shaver, and Kelly Makin.
  • Writer(s): Michael Hirst.
  • Release Date: 19 February 2015 to 23 April 2015.
  • Running time: 45 minutes (per episode).
  • Rating: 18.
  • Country: US
  • Language: English.

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