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An interview with the show’s creator and writer Michael Hirst

June 08, 2016

This article was written about Season 3 because that’s what is airing in the UK now.

HISTORY EXTRA – With its gripping mix of gory battles, religious conflict and compelling characters, the epic historical television show Vikings attracts millions of viewers worldwide. With the third season in full swing, we spoke to the show’s writer and creator Michael Hirst about the challenges of adapting historical material for the screen and why the world has been gripped by ‘Viking fever’…

 

Q: Vikings has proven to be incredibly popular with audiences across the world. Why do you think there is such an appetite for the Vikings at the moment?

 

A: Well, let me tell you a story. After I’d written and made Elizabeth [the 1998 film about the life of Elizabeth I, starring Cate Blanchett], I was commissioned to write a screenplay about Alfred the Great, who fought against the Vikings. I started researching the Vikings’ culture and gods and democratic ways – loads of really fascinating things I didn’t know about before. But when I told people about it, their response was pretty half-hearted. Fast-forward to when I began working on Vikings [which premiered in 2013]. Now, when I told friends what I was writing about, they were incredibly enthusiastic. Something had changed and Vikings were suddenly in the zeitgeist.

 

When I was researching the series, I was definitely aware of a new interest dawning. People are interested in the Vikings now in a way they weren’t interested 10 years ago, not even in Scandinavia. There’s no real satisfactory answer to why this is the case, but it’s true.

 

But there’s also some correlation between a successful show and a historical interest. I was shown round the Viking Ship Museum in Oslo recently and the curator told me that since our show began, admissions had doubled. So to some extent the show itself has also created an appetite. There must be some deeper explanation that I can’t help you with, but I know it exists!

 

Q: In many ways the morals, beliefs and value systems of Viking culture are completely alien to modern audiences. How do you make characters from such a different society relatable?

 


A: People told me I wouldn’t be able to make a successful series with Vikings as my lead characters, because the Vikings are always seen as the ‘other’ – they are seen as the hairy, ignorant savages who come in the dead of the night, break your door down, rape your wife and daughter and steal your goods. Just mentioning the word ‘Viking’ would summon up these prejudices and received opinions. But while there are elements of truth in this reputation, it’s largely a cliché.

 

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Clive Standen interview – Vikings, Taken & more!

May 27, 2016

(The UK is behind a season so this article talks about Season 3 mostly)

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FEMALE FIRST – Critically-acclaimed series Vikings returns for its third season on HISTORY tonight, and we managed to catch some time with actor from the show Clive Standen, to chat all about where his character Rollo will be going from here.

 

We also spoke about his new lead role in the Taken television series and much more – read on to find out what he had to say…

 

What should British Vikings viewers expect from the third season of the show?

 

Well, season 1 and season 2 of Vikings was only the tip of the iceberg of what the Vikings accomplished. Now, as we go into season 3, Ragnar’s ambitions, because he’s now the king, we’re hitting the golden age of the vikings and what the vikings were famous for. They’re far and wide – it wasn’t just about England, it was about most of Europe. What’s interesting is, Ragnar now has risen through the ranks of viking society, so he is their king and he has a great responsibility that now rests on his shoulders.

 

Can you give us a little bit of a tease as to what your character Rollo will be getting up to this season?

 

Rollo’s trying to prove to his brother that the betrayal was in the past. His ambition won’t go away but I think he realises it was misplaced, that it wasn’t Ragnar that was getting in the way. He needs to find a way of existing outside of Ragnar’s shadow, but without having conflicting interests towards his brother. As usual Rollo is going to be put through the ringer. He is gonna have some major confrontations with key characters in the series, and some of these confrontations might change him forever.

 

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What’s in store when the drama returns for season four?

May 06, 2015

Showrunner Michael Hirst tells THR what’s in store when the drama returns for season four.

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[Warning: This story contains spoilers from the season three finale of History’s Vikings.]

 

After much bloodshed, History’s Vikings wrapped its third season April 23 when Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel) reclaimed his leadership and faked his own death in order to finally achieve what everyone else had been trying to do for three episodes: infiltrate Paris.

 

By the closing moments when Paris had been looted, Ragnar realized who would actually miss him when he was gone — and the Vikings decided to set sail back to Kattegat, leaving only Rollo (Clive Standen) and a small gang behind to maintain a presence until the next spring.

 

But with Ragnar still lingering somewhere between life and death, and Rollo poised to defend the French against his brother thanks to an offer he just can’t refuse, things are far from settled for the pagan leader. The Hollywood Reporter caught up with showrunner Michael Hirst to find out what’s in store for the historical figure and what can possibly come next in the show’s previously announced fourth season.
Ragnar’s baptism was part of a plot get into Paris, but is there actually a part of him that’s conflicted about his gods coming out of the season?

 

That’s ambiguous. He is clearly being influenced by Athelstan (George Blagden), he’s interested in Christianity, but above that all his priority is to get into Paris. Being Ragnar, he’s seen that you have to be more clever than just attacking it. So he understands something about the Christian mindset now. He understands that it’s very important for the Christian community to give Christian burials, especially to people who have renounced their paganism and become Christian. I can’t overestimate or overstate how important this was in real historical terms. Christian communities were desperate to convert the Vikings to Christianity as a way of absorbing them all or stopping them from raiding.

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Viking Fans! Weigh in on Season 3

April 24, 2015

There are probably hundreds of reviews on websites about last night’s finale and the season in general but I want to hear from YOU, the Vikings fans.

Comment here and give the show some grades as well. You can say you didn’t like something but I expect everyone to behave civilly – no insulting the writers or actors personally. For example – you can say you didn’t like a character’s plotline but don’t say ‘I hate *insert actor’s name here* and he’s ugly and a horrible actor!’.

Keep in mind, all of the comments will likely contain spoilers so don’t read them and complain about being spoiled. I’ll warn of SPOILER ALERT so no one else has to!

 

After your comments, grade the show (grades A-F with A being the best and F being FAIL) for:

  • Season finale
  • Overall season
  • Main story lines (overall)
  • Minor story lines (overall)
  • Battle scenes
  • Number of deaths
  • New characters
  • Amount of time spent on existing characters
  • Remaining true to the characters we know and love
  • Living up to the hype of pre-season interviews and comments
  • Excitement for season 4

 

Next Thorsday I’ll post everyone’s responses. If you wish to remain anonymous just put anon in the comment.

 

I will not publish anything that is derogatory as a personal attack to the actors or creators of the show. (see explanation above)

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Tomorrow is the Season 3 Finale

April 23, 2015

And more than anything, Ragnar’s fate is hanging in the balance:

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Gallery Update: Episode Stills and Trailer for 3×09 “Breaking Point”

April 15, 2015

 

Gallery Links:

Season 3 > Episode 3.09 Breaking Point > 3.09 Episode Stills

– Photoshoots > Katheryn Winnick > Photoshoot 20

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Clive Standen talks Vikings: “It’s tough, it’s brutal, sometimes downright miserable”

April 05, 2015

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Actor Clive Standen plays Rollo in History’s hugely successful series Vikings. He was previously best known as Sir Gawain in the series Camelot opposite Joseph Fiennes and Eva Green and for his role of Archer in the BBC’s Robin Hood.

As Season Two of Vikings invades History on Tuesdays at 10pm we sat down with Clive to talk about his return as the fearsome Rollo and were surprised to discover just how knowledgeable the actor is about the history of the Vikings.

 

What’s it like being on a show on HISTORY?

I personally love it. In America, History channel is very different. It’s got a bigger set up now and the UK version is slowly catching up. What was great about History when they started to make scripted drama is they really trusted us. It’s the same team that made The Tudors, Michael Hirst is the writer and very first director of Vikings, Johan Renk is a Viking and he wanted to make it right. He wanted to make sure that we’re doing something from the inside out and actually portraying this culture of people fairly and for the first time on screen. History took some massive risks, he’s an outrageous and fantastic director and he’s had the biggest impact on me out of all of the directors that have worked on Vikings. But thanks to History we’re able to make the show that we wanted to make, there’s a lot of channels out there that wouldn’t have given us the freedom we have. Even their suits don’t wear suits at the History channel and you can always tell when you’re going to get the outsiders that come in their suits. We film on the top of mountains and you see these guys turning up in suits, trampling through cow shit and History turn up and they’ve got their baseball caps on and they’re ready to go!

They’re a great channel to work for and I’m having the time of my life making a show that feels as historically accurate as a TV show can be. We take some artistic license, the main being Ragnar and Rollo were never brothers in history, they lived about a hundred years apart.

 

No! What?!

But Rollo’s journey through history is epic as is Ragnar’s. Ragnar is like a mystical character and a lot of people do believe that there are a lot of different Vikings that have been misconstrued over the years as Ragnar. He’s almost akin to King Arthur that we have in our legends. But Rollo very much did live through history and is the great, great Grandfather of William the Conqueror. Many of us have Viking blood, the Queen of England is related to Rollo.

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