19K reviews
Watch in a web browser or on supported devices Learn More

Season 1 episodes (11)

1 Rites of Passage
Farmer, family man and rebel Ragnar Lothbrok is determined to sail west to discover new lands and riches despite an intimidating warning from his village's tyrannical leader, Lord Haraldson, who makes it clear in no uncertain terms that doing so could result in severe consequences.
2 Wrath of the Northmen
Ragnar and his men decide to sail west behind Lord Haraldson's back. Unbeknownst to them, one of Haraldson's spies sees them depart on their journey, which sets in motion a plan for Haraldson to make them pay for their disobedience if they return alive.
3 Dispossessed
Ragnar and his men look for and discover many riches on the Northeast coast of England, while causing tremendous bloodshed in the process. When the men return home, an incensed Lord Haraldson lays down a harsh punishment for their defiance.
4 Trial
The Vikings head back to England to seek new treasures, and in the midst of the terror they bring, Ragnar and Lagertha discover that there are consequences for every action and Earl Haraldson is always watching.
5 Raid
In the Great Hall of Kattegat, a seer reads Earl Haraldson's future and tells him that Ragnar Lothbrok searches for his death. The unanswerable question is whom do the gods favor more? As a man willing to defend his power and status to the death, Haraldson intends to take precautionary measures. Ragnar, his home and farm burned by the Earl is hurt but hidden safely away. He must now choose the path that will lead him back to his freedom.
6 Burial of the Dead
Ragnar, weak and still hurt, must meet the Earl head-on after it comes to light that Rollo has been tortured on Haraldson's orders. The two men will come together face to face with a single outcome possible: Only one man will leave this fight alive.
7 A King's Ransom
Three Viking ships sail upriver towards the very heart of power in eastern England: the Royal Villa of King Aelle. Ragnar Lothbrok has come looking for ransom in exchange for peace. However, King Aelle has a different plan in mind for these northern heathens.
8 Sacrifice
The traditional pilgrimage to Uppsalla to thank the gods brings a torrent of emotions for Ragnar, Lagertha, and Athelstan. Ragnar, pulling farther away from his wife goes to make peace with the death of his unborn son. Lagertha, still reeling from her miscarriage, wants to find out from the gods if more sons are in her future.  As the Vikings come together to sacrifice and give thanks to their gods, Athelstan discovers just how strong his Christian faith still is.
9 All Change
At the behest of King Horik, Ragnar assembles a small party to travel to Gotaland (modern day Sweden) to resolve a land dispute with the area's leader, Jarl Borg. Ragnar's renown precedes him and Jarl Borg is intrigued -- has he found a new ally or is Ragnar just a puppet of the king? Meanwhile in Kattegat, with a plague taking its toll on the village, the people look to Lagertha to help appease the gods.
101 First Look Behind the Scenes
You Don't Become A Legend Without A Fight. Go behind the scenes with the creator and cast of Vikings, HISTORY®'s new scripted series premiering March 3 at 10/9c
102 Sneak Peek
Watch a sneak peek of HISTORY®'s new scripted series Vikings before it premieres on Sunday, March 3 at 10/9c.

About this show

Journey to a thrilling ancient world in this epic series about history's bravest and most brutally fearsome warriors as Ragnar, a would-be Viking chieftain, fulfills his destiny as an explorer and conqueror, alongside his ambitious brother and wife.
19K reviews
Aaron Woods
May 25, 2018
Really great show, not 100% accurate but still close on a lot of things. Vikings had many laws to go by. Norse law prevented stealing without the ones you stole from knowledge, you had to fight the the people, taking of things without a fight could be punishable by heavy fines or death and looked down on as a person without honor the same in murder cases. In Sweden women were the first in the world to have equal right's with men after killing many Danish Invaders while there men were off fighting Norwegians. Women could divorce there husband's also and fight in battle take part in government affairs. Norway ruled western Scotland tell 1231, Isle of Man's succession to Scotland in 1266, Orkney and Shetland tell the 1500's. The Tynwald, the Manx Parliament in the Isle of Man, second oldest in the world, Norwegian Vikings started it in 979, Iceland in 930 is the oldest so we have the longest running law institute's in the world from them. Western Scotland was settled by Norwegian Vikings and famers, traders and fishermen without fighting. Studying all of the history and archeological evidence of the Isle of Lewis where my mom's people came from, food and trade diversity was greatly increased with the arrival of the Norwegian's. Trade with the Picts with the Norse goes back Roman times possibly before. The Roman's wrote about the Picts having a navy, which was probably a early Norse assistance because the Picts had no ships like that. Charlemagne beheaded 4500 Germanic men in a day in 783AD forced conversion one man in which he killed was a son of a jarl that was to marry a daughter of a Danish jarl and destruction of sacred sites killing all whom were pagan if they did not convert, that greatly angered the Danes and all northmen making them think that christians were the worse people that they had ever heard of. And being remembered ten years after in 793AD then Lindisfarne happened, because of Charlemagne's constant slaughter of pagans and the destruction of there religious sites. The Roman Catholic Church that controlled all of this was the second coming of Rome in christian form. There is bad in any group or scare tactics used. But in the mindset of a man of the old God's, death is not a bad thing but something to look forward to, fates spun by the Norn's. The Normans, Danish vikings desended people contributed more advancement's than Charlemagne ever did his family's time from 800 to 911. The Swedish desended Rus vikings and the Byzantine empire also. Vikings were traders, farmers, settler's, raiders, fishermen, explorers discovering America 500 years before Columbus were you think he learned of that from Norwegian maps. Great artist, craftsmen, metal workers, boat builders, makers and optainers of the best steel not seen in Europe tell centuries later. Japanese steel was not comparable tell the late 1600's. Most Viking or scandanavians were christians by the end of 1100's. Our days of the week are named in honor of Norse gods. Sunday: For Sol, goddess of the sun, Sun's day Monday: for Mani, goddess of the moon, Mani's day Tuesday: For Tyr, god of war, Tyr's day Wednesday: For Odin, the Raven God, sometimes known as Woden, Woden's day Thursday: For Thor, god of strength and storms, Thor's day Friday: For Frigg, goddess of marriage, Frigg's day or Freyja day Saturday: Saturday did not come from the Vikings. It came from the ancient Romans - Saturn's day.
397 people found this review helpful
Did you find this helpful?
Eric Hall
December 2, 2018
Interesting and at times draws you in. Couldn't get enough of the first two seasons. However, it just becomes ridiculous at times leaving one with an appropriate 'eye roll'. Seems very one sided (Vikings) in its story with minor moments for everyone else that just leaves a haunting boredom within. Kind of like the Vikings just show up and all the enemies just stop and die in place. Entertaining, yes or more accurately was. Even that initial 'wee' looses its attractiveness. Progressively worse seasons, sadly it has become the Ivar show (Who wasn't a huge part in history FYI) insisting upon itself. Not looking for the end of ends with significant historical value, just a well written and not cheesy series which this seems to just blah me into not watching it anymore.
20 people found this review helpful
Did you find this helpful?
June 1, 2021
IT IS AWESOME DURING THE FIRST 5 SEASONS AND THEN IT BEGINS TO GO FROM A⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⬇️👎 TO A 1&HALF⭐ SHOW ‼️ Whenever Ragnar isn't a character anymore & the season that follows his departure it becomes all out of control. Meaning the story goes all different ways. It really takes a dive from the high rise to the kiddie end. You know that area that's 2ft. & It's mainly for the toddlers. Which is where the most pea & poop is 😒 The writers could have done a great deal better with the history of Vikings.
1 person found this review helpful
Did you find this helpful?

Rate this show

Tell us what you think.