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Vikings Renewed - Season 3 in 2015


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History has renewed its first (and only for now) original scripted series Vikings for a third season. Four episodes into its 10-episode second-season run, Vikings has received a 10-episode third-season order to begin production in the summer for a 2015 premiere.

I'm very pleased that History Channel has renewed this series.

Source: Deadline

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vikings_(TV_series)

 

Historical accuracy[edit]

Some critics have pointed out historical inaccuracies in the series' depiction of Viking society. Lars Walker, in the magazine The American Spectator criticized its portrayal of Viking Age government (in the person of Earl Haraldson) as autocratic rather than essentially democratic.[46] Joel Robert Thompson criticized the show's depiction of the Norse peoples' supposed ignorance of the existence of the Britain and Ireland, and the use of the death penalty instead of outlawry (skoggangr) as a punishment for heinous crimes.[47]

Monty Dobson, a historian at Central Michigan University, criticised the show's depictions of Viking Age clothing, but went on to state that fictional shows like Vikings could still be a useful teaching tool.[48] The Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten reported that the series incorrectly depicted the temple at Uppsala as a stave church in the mountains, whereas the historical temple was situated on flat land and stave churches were a hallmark of later Christian architecture in Scandinavia.[49] The show also portrays a crucifixion of a prominent character instigated by a Christian bishop near Wessex, apparently as a standard punishment for apostasy in order to unite the apostate with the sufferings of Jesus Christ. In reality, the emperor Constantine outlawed crucifixion in the 4th century, and no crucifixions were documented to have taken place in Europe thereafter.

Regarding the historical accuracy of the show, showrunner Michael Hirst comments that “I especially had to take liberties with ‘Vikings’ because no one knows for sure what happened in the Dark Ages" and that “we want people to watch it. A historical account of the Vikings would reach hundreds, occasionally thousands, of people. Here we’ve got to reach millions.”[50]

When Katheryn Winnick was asked why she licked the seer's hand she answered "It wasn’t originally in the script and we just wanted to come up with something unique and different." [51]

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This is a show that is actually worth watching and is based in history. 

Edited by Pchan

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Based in history as in the cliché saying "based on a true story". Sure there are liberties taken and there will always be historians groaning about it like they added horned helmets to the costumes or something. It definitely has more to do with history that swamp people.

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