One of the most important aspects about the show is that we are talking about a historically accurate historical drama. Or at least as historically accurate as one can be given the time period. I’ve watched a lot of historical dramas over the years, some of which I’ve even covered on this blog (The Borgias), but the one thing they’ve all lacked is a satisfying amount of historical accuracy. For the most part, accuracy is sacrificed for sensationalism, because one thing many shows don’t seem to understand is that history does not have to be boring. Granted, dramatic license is expected to be taken, because specific information about the time period is rather fragmentary. However, I’m confidant that the writing team will be able to weave together the history and the fiction seamlessly. At the very least, we’ll be able to except a historical accurate backdrop for the plot.
If the lure of historical accuracy is not enough, may I present George Blagden. If you are unfamiliar with his work, you’re in for an extraordinary treat. He’s a terrific actor and one of the best parts of Les Misérables. He’s a rising actor to watch, so if you turn in for no other reason, watch Vikings for him. As they say, there are two types of people who are planning to watch Vikings: those who are interested in learning more about Vikings and those who are watching for George Blagden. And, of course, there’s the third group who’s watching for both reasons.
In all seriousness, the cast and crew of Vikings have put a lot of time and energy into making this a great show, so make sure you turn on the History Channel this Sunday at 10. Remember, all the good historical dramas play on Sunday night, and Vikings is going to be no exception.
Oh, and if you’ve ever played Skyrim, Vikings is going to give you feelings.