IGN – The second half of Vikings: Season 4 premieres November 30th at 9/8c on History and IGN’s got your first look at six new character-focused promos for the upcoming mayhem and madness.
In the two videos below, you’ll see all six teasers (split up into batches of three) featuring an aging and humbled Ragnar (Travis Fimmel), a changed Floki (Gustaf Skarsgård), a conflicted Rollo (Clive Standen), and a big power struggle between Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) and Aslaug (Alyssa Sutherland).
I’ve been working the last week on a mega gallery update. I’ve finished adding events and photoshoots (when available) for the cast to the gallery in addition to some new Season 4 material.
Updates to these cast galleries:
Note: This is for Australian versions of the BluRay which might be different than versions in your country.
BLU-RAY REVIEW: VIKINGS SEASON 4, PART 1 CRAMS IN A PILE OF FEATURES ALONG ITS 10 EPISODES
THE IRIS – When Viking king Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel) told his young sons as they sailed away from Kattegat: “Don’t waste your time looking back, you’re not going that way,” Michael Hirst, creator and writer of Vikings was reminding viewers that this is a show constantly moving forward. As Hirst reiterates during the extras of the Season 4, Part 1 Blu-ray edition of Vikings, the Scandinavian drama was always going to be about the sons of Ragnar, who went on to accomplish far greater deeds than their father.
The first ten episodes of Season 4 of Vikings offer all the spectacular, bloody battles and family drama the hit series is known for, along with a decadent dose of betrayal, lust and murder. Highlights of Season 4 thus far include the addition of Finnish thesps Peter Franzén and Jasper Pääkkönen as the brazen Norse brothers King Finehair and Halfdan the Black.
There was Ragnar’s memorable descent into madness, comical, but so very tragic at times, and we watched the Northmen dismantle their entire fleet of ships, haul them up a cliff and through the forest in “Portage.” There was also the impressive transformation of Rollo (Clive Standen) and the jarring time-jump in the season finale as Hirst continues to push boundaries on the show now incorporating three worlds: Viking, French and English. Vikings remains at its heart a family saga, an ode to historical authenticity and a riveting, visually stunning television series.
Season 4, Part 1 Review Score: FOUR STARS (OUT OF FIVE)
We got our hands on the Blu-ray edition of this release. Here’s a look at the special features you’ll find in the Australian release:
The Transformation of Rollo
Michael Hirst and Clive Standen discuss Rollo’s transformation from brute savage to French noble, as he shifts away from the shadow of his famous brother Ragnar to pave his own destiny.
The Viking Seafaring Prowess
Interviews with Michael Hirst, Katheryn Winnick (Lagertha), authors Olaf Engvig and Danielle Turner explore the genius behind the viking longboats. Learn about warships and trading vessels, the theory of the sunstone, navigation and portage. As Michael Hirst aptly puts it, “naval engineering of an extraordinary kind.”
DEADLINE – History’s hit historical drama series Vikings is moving to Wednesday nights from its previous Thursday slot for the second half of Season 4, which will premiere November 30. It’s also airing an hour earlier, at 9 PM.
Season 4 picks up following Ragnar’s (Travis Fimmel) defeat in a monumental battle in Paris against his brother Rollo (Clive Standen) and Ragnar’s disappearance following his humiliating loss. During the midseason finale, the series time-jumped to a new era in the characters’ lives.
In the midseason premiere, Ragnar’s reappearance in Kattegat triggers a chain of events no one – except the Seer – could have ever imagined. He unexpectedly arrives home to see what has become of his sons and to handle unfinished business in Wessex with King Ecbert (Linus Roache). Meanwhile, Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) plans a power play in Kattegat and Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig) prepares to fulfill his long-held dream to explore the Mediterranean in a sleek new boat built for him by Floki (Gustaf Skarsgård).
Vikings, from MGM TV, drew 4,3 million total viewers in Live +7 during its Season 4 10-week run in the spring, with 2,1 million A25-54 and 1.8 million A18-49. Season 5 is currently in production in Ireland.
“This season is monumental and unlike anything we’ve ever done,” said creator and writer Michael Hirst. “We’ve propelled Vikings to the topmost level of historical drama as we follow storylines inspired by real-life events such as Bjorn Ironside sailing through the Mediterranean and Ivar the Boneless becoming the most feared warrior of all time. It’s not a story of one man but a saga of Ragnar and his sons.”
From creator and sole writer Michael Hirst (Elizabeth, The Tudors), Vikings is a family saga that tells the remarkable tales of the lives and epic adventures of the raiders and explorers of the Dark Ages. Hirst executive produces with Morgan O’Sullivan of World 2000, Sheila Hockin, John Weber of Take 5 Productions, Sherry Marsh, Alan Gasmer and James Flynn.
MGM Television serves as the worldwide distributor of Vikings outside of Ireland and Canada.
EW – Midway through the fourth season of Vikings, the saga of bearded conquest took an unexpected leap forward in time. The great King Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel) had disappeared into the countryside, and his young sons were grown men, preparing to make their own mark on the world. Ragnar returned to Kattegat in the midseason finale. And Vikings will return in November, on a new night and at a new time.
History announced Wednesday that the second half of the season will begin on Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 9 p.m.
In a press release, the network promised that the new episodes will find Ragnar handling “unfinished business in Wessex” with longtime frenemesis King Ecbert (Linus Roache). Back in Kattegat, Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) will plan a power play – a plotline which Vikings creator Michael Hirst teased in an interview with EW last month. Meanwhile, Ragnar’s son Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig) will sail to the Mediterranean.
In a statement, Hirst also promised that the new episodes will focus on Ragnar’s other son, Ivar, “becoming the most feared warrior of all time.” Kids these days!
Season 5 of Vikings is already in production in Ireland with Jonathan Rhys Meyers joining the cast.