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Vikings [History] - ("History Channel wants that 'Game of Thrones' money.")

Discussion in 'Television' started by Zen-aku, Mar 5, 2013.

  1. Ye Xiu Best Member

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    did anything happen last ep
     
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    I'm hoping that before we're done we get to see Constantinople.

    This important destination for Viking voyages was likely the largest city in Europe at the time, and formed one terminus of the Silk Road which connected it to the largest city in the WORLD, Chang'an (where Yidu was from).
     
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    Bjorn cut his hair.

    Recap of the last episode.


    Spoiler: Aethelred the loser







     
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    What was the point of the flame encirclement? I thought it was in order to keep them from escaping (which is stupid), but in the end it was meaningless

    Heahmund's death was potrayed like it was some kind of big deal, despite him being a rather unimportant side character :lmao
     
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    It was kind of random though. Despite the Game of Thrones "death can come at any time" paradigm, I'm still used to the notion that major characters only die in the season finale (I guess because actors are contracted per season, so might as well use them as much as you can).
     
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    Can anyone tell me if Vikings really had symbol like this on their banners
    Spoiler:
     
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    It's probably difficult to know for certain because banners are made of cloth, which is a perishable material. Probably very few Viking banners (if any) are extant.

    So you'd have to rely on written descriptions or paintings on sturdier material (e.g. wall paintings on stone).
     
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    Have you thought about how anybody who sleeps with Lagartha dies? This is like the fifth lover she's outlived.

    Is there a curse?

    Rollo better watch out.
     
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    Rollo is the most powerful man right now
     
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    More like they built him up for nothing only to kill him off unceremoniously game of thrones style.

    You must have been on autopilot with all his scenes.
     
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    I thought Heahmund would end up being Magnus. The second he was revealed to definitely not be Magnus i knew he would die.
     
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    I know a bit of the history/sagas this is based on and he wasn't a big player


    He died in battle and that seems all there is to him
     
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    My reaction to this episode:

    "What kind of mother are you?!"
     
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    Judith this ep

     
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    Good. The show should end "when it's over" and not be forcibly extended ad infinitum just for $$$.
     
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    Ivar wants to play 4-D chess.
    Hvitserk should travel to Tibet.
    Grunnhild slapped some sense in Bjorn.
    Judith is dumb.
    I will be ok if Lagertha does not return.
    King Harald is too jelly and thirsty. He lost his viking way. No rooting for him.
    Floki is still uninteresting Big Brother drama.
     
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    This show is nuts. Why poison your own son? Playing favorites like that.... :dead

    and Ivar seems OOC with killing the seer and the burning shit, just get back to him being a strategic war genius. Past few episodes kinda silly.
     
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    Yeah, it seems to go against everything I know about female psychology that a mother would murder her own child in cold blood.

    I mean, it happens from time to time that women kill they children, I guess, but I feel like that's usually in a fit of rage or otherwise under enormous emotional duress. Not in this kind of relatively calm fashion.
     
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    I rewatched the first two episodes of season 1 last week, when did this show start to change that much
     
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    The high point of Vikings was the Siege of Paris arc.
     
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    Agreed. I will never forget how Ragnar faked his death, requested a Christian funeral and rose from the coffin to attack from the inside. Glorious! :gar
     
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    Coolness aside, I think it was thematically important that Ragnar died as a nominal Christian (having been baptized), since we know that -spoiler alert- in the end all Vikings become Christians.

    In reality the conversion of Scandinavia of course took centuries, but for dramatic effect this show seems determined to compress 300 years' worth of history* into two generations, so it wouldn't surprise me if during the final season most of the core characters end up converting.

    * For example the raid on Lindisfarne was in 793, but the granting of the "Danelaw" lands to the Vikings by king Alfred the Great was in 878. For Lagartha and Rollo to have been adults present at both events they'd have to be over 100 years old.
     
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    Yeah, thanks to that I now have a reason to hate Judith. I gave Lagertha a little pass when she killed Aslaug, because bitch stole her place. But Judith? Lol no.

    Ivar rn is past the point of no return. Him killing the seer kind of signals the beginning of the end for him. In our time line, the historical Ivar was killed in battle or some kind of disease in England.
     
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    Symbol on Kattegats banners, flags, shields
     
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    Authors try to force comparison between Ivar and Alfred:
    - both have health problems;
    - both are kings;
    - both waifus carry seed of other men;
    - Ivar declares himself god, Alfred wants to be normal;
    - Ivar is paranoid, Alfred has reasons to be paranoid;
    - Ivar is ok to kill his brother, Alfred is not ok;
    - both like to play 4-D chess and had a match before;
    - Ivar uses his mother death to justify revenge against anybody; Alfred is at disadvantage because of crazy Judith.


    King Harald, the King of all Norway is a viking meme at this point.
    - Hello, King *cough* looser *cough* Harald!
    - How is your day, King *cough* cuck *cough* Harald?


    They should introduce Judith to King Harald. They would make a nice couple, an alliance and solve viking problem in Wessex.


    It should be Floki who gets the heads rolling.


    But instead we get this


    It's kind of ironic that Floki ends up more like Athelstan/Christian with all this forgiveness and non-violence ideas.
     
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    The dwarf is obviously King Olav "the Stout".
     
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