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Generally favorable reviews- based on 85 Ratings

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  • Summary: Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) leads his people to Wessex to learn if the promises of King Ecbert (Linus Roache) are true.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Feb 18, 2015
    91
    All involved are dedicated to the cause of making Vikings one of television’s most striking series. It’s also emerged as one of the best, evolving from a guilty pleasure at first to a first-rate tale of substance and even subtlety mixed with the cold steel of primal warfare.
  2. Reviewed by: Zach Hollwedel
    Feb 20, 2015
    85
    Hirst transports us to a fascinating and brutal world, combining fact with fast-paced fiction into a show, the likes of which come around all too infrequently. As Ragnar does, so too does Season Three of Vikings expand its worldview beyond the inlet at Kattegat and into Medieval Europe, promising battles, glory, and adventures not to be missed.
  3. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    Feb 19, 2015
    83
    Michael Hirst's saga of pillaging and migration remains everything it has been almost from its premiere.
  4. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Feb 18, 2015
    80
    While this is essentially the popcorn version of a quality serialized drama--with more overt appeal to men than most--Vikings--is the sort of nifty endeavor that can give the idea of shamelessly marauding in search of loot a good name.
  5. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Feb 19, 2015
    80
    Here is a series for an American audience that grants us the intelligence to be able to read subtitles, which are deployed to help convey the tart flavor of the various tongues spoken in the show. Combine this with the show’s frequently lovely visuals, and Vikings remains the kind of burly soap opera that appeals to an ever-wider audience.
  6. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Feb 18, 2015
    80
    This is a show that knows exactly what viewers expect of it, and over the course of its three seasons, the saga of reticent raider Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel) has shown increasing assuredness and has unpretentiously and reliably supplied exciting and bloody adventures.
  7. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Feb 18, 2015
    70
    Vikings has benefited all along from the accomplished, subdued performances of a number of its cast, including Mr. Byrne, Mr. Roache, Clive Standen as Ragnar’s warlike brother and both Nathan O’Toole and Alexander Ludwig, who play Ragnar’s son Bjorn at different ages. But the heart of the show remains Mr. Fimmel’s smirking, withdrawn, not quite good but certainly distinctive performance as Ragnar.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
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  1. Feb 26, 2015
    10
    From the first season I was hooked!
    I don't have the patience for weak characters on a episode much less an entire season. Everyone has
    From the first season I was hooked!
    I don't have the patience for weak characters on a episode much less an entire season. Everyone has their own strengths, respectively.
    What the issues are make a lot of sense if you believe in the twisted, sacrificial practices of the Vikings.
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  2. Feb 26, 2015
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The first and second seasons were exceptional and the third is better in every way. The show has really matured and by now we know enough about the characters to start forming emotional bonds. So expect too have those bonds broken as we expect to see some really intense GOT style scenes that are sure to leave you on the edge of your seats. Expand
  3. Apr 24, 2015
    10
    The 10 of 10 epic .After Vikings,The Game of Thrones looks like a not serious popcorn television show.One of the best history serial of allThe 10 of 10 epic .After Vikings,The Game of Thrones looks like a not serious popcorn television show.One of the best history serial of all times.Don't miss. Expand
  4. Feb 26, 2015
    9
    Since the start of Vikings i thought that it would be an awesome show of keep seeing... Now at the third season I know that i was right! OnlySince the start of Vikings i thought that it would be an awesome show of keep seeing... Now at the third season I know that i was right! Only the first episode made me want to see more and more! With a lot of good actors and an amazing scenery I would bet everything I have that this is going to be an huge success
    And I just don't give one 10 now... Because I want more
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  5. Mar 13, 2015
    9
    This is one of my favorite shows in a long time. I like almost all the characters and interactions. Lots of action and tells a good story.This is one of my favorite shows in a long time. I like almost all the characters and interactions. Lots of action and tells a good story. I highly recommend. Expand
  6. Mar 22, 2015
    6
    Fans of pillaging, paganism and period drama rejoice and prepare a human sacrifice to thank the Gods/Amazon: Vikings is back! Ragnar LothbrokFans of pillaging, paganism and period drama rejoice and prepare a human sacrifice to thank the Gods/Amazon: Vikings is back! Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Frimmel – Tarzan) and pals return for series 3 of this historical drama, with things picking up more or less where they left off last year.

    The episode starts with the resident soothsayer delivering more of his cryptic premonitions to Ragnar’s ex, Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick – Bones). He strokes a bird’s skull and mutters something about a cleaving trickster, a harvest festival of blood, a city made of marble cake and a broiling ocean. Or something like that. “Not one of your prophecies do I understand,” grumbles Lagertha. “That’s the trick of the old prophesising racket – make them vague enough that they can appear to make sense retrospectively to a number of situations and hope the punters forget the ones that don’t,” cackles the crone (I’m paraphrasing). Refreshingly honest, but I wonder why these pitiless Scandinavians keep indulging this hammy fraud. This was the first of three scenes which annoyed me in episode 1.

    Full review available on ponderflix.
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  7. Apr 10, 2015
    3
    Just watched "At the Gates." .... First year, it was a magnificent show. A provocative and thoughtful spectacle. It's slowly morphingJust watched "At the Gates." .... First year, it was a magnificent show. A provocative and thoughtful spectacle. It's slowly morphing towards insulting.

    Is anyone getting tired of being let down by thoughtless dialogue -- Count Odo: "Don't let them through the gates, and definitely not into the city." Duh. I thought you gave me the armor to roof my house and spear to clean my teeth?? Or the silly switching from English to French with subtitles by the French, or English to Norse with subtitles by the gang?

    How about the way those vikings ran straight into some kind of spear launcher, then skedaddled like bunnies after it was empty and unable to fire again?!

    And poor Floki. The most complex and best played character of the bunch is now a one-dimensional, obsessed Tai Chi-ing lunatic consumed by adolescent self pity.

    Yet, still I watch....
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