Updated February 1
Courtney over at New Media Strategies has shared these new clips [Please note: the video clips are no longer available] and some information in anticipation of the March 3 airing of the new History Channel series, Vikings. We say “Thanks, Courtney!” She says:
The first clip will bring you to the edge of your seat, giving you a taste of the intense drama that begins on March 3rd. In the next two clips, we’re introduced to two enthralling characters – the warrior shield maiden, Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) and the ruler, Earl (Gabriel Byrne). One, fighting for what she believes and the other fighting to hold onto the power he can’t stand to lose. And the last clip will make your spine tingle as we’re shown… the unknown.
The extraordinary tales of the lives and epic adventures of these warriors are told in VIKINGS, a new nine-part scripted series premiering Sunday, March 3 at 10 p.m. (ET) on HISTORY®. The drama portrays the world of these Dark Age raiders, traders, explorers – not from an outsider’s view, but, through the eyes of Viking society.
While VIKINGS is filled with conflict, warfare and bloodshed – for these were extreme times – it is a family saga at heart. It follows the adventures of Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel, The Beast, Baytown Outlaws), a curious, compelling man who is always looking to break through barriers and discover new worlds to conquer. A young farmer and family man, Ragnar is deeply frustrated by the unadventurous policies of his local chieftain, Earl Haraldson (Gabriel Byrne, In Treatment, Usual Suspects, Millers Crossing), who continues to send his Vikings raiders east every summer, to the Baltic states and Russia, whose populations are as materially poor as themselves.
VIKINGS will chart Ragnar’s ambitions to discover civilizations across the great ocean to the west as well as his inevitable conflicts along the way. With the help of his jester friend Floki, (Gustaf Skarsgard, The Way Back), they build a new generation of boats – faster, sleeker and more beautifully crafted than anything else on the sea.
History Channel’s scripted series Vikings begins March 3.
Everyone is excited to see this new series and Gabriel Byrne fans are especially pumped to see their favorite play–what? The evil leader of a Viking band? The forward-thinking inspired leader of a Viking band? Or a complicated man dealing with change, leading his people, and trying to uphold tradition?
It seems likely that the Viking role for Mr. Byrne will be the “complicated man.” One look at this face tells you the story in itself is going to be complex and engrossing. This is not a sword-and-sandal epic. This is the History Channel, for pete’s sake!
In this group of official promotional shots, we also have an exclusive behind-the-scenes picture of Mr. Byrne courtesy of Rustosaurus Rex, AKA @Rusty325 on Twitter. He was an extra on the set of Vikings and reports that he had a great time!
Gabriel Byrne as Earl Haraldson in Vikings
Gabriel Byrne in Vikings: perhaps a bit mysterious, too!
Looking very regal here
Definitely following this man wherever he leads…
Looking appropriately warrior-like, if somewhat contemporary, here…
Thanks to RustyRex for this great pic!
Decode the logo and learn what all the interesting stuff going on in that “V” means!
official opening sequence
Yes, we are just a little excited about this new series… smile