The Vikings will be raiding our homes once again when Season 3 of the hit History Channel series “Vikings” premieres on Feb. 19. And according to a new promo video of the historical drama, the Lothbroks will be returning to the 10-episode installment with a new threat against them: power.
The latest “Vikings” trailer kicks off with Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) and his son Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig) atop a snowy mountain. “Why do you want to fight?” the newest king of Denmark asks his eldest child. “What are you fighting for? What do you see?”
As Bjorn looks out into the distance (in a scene that reminded us of the “Lion King") he reveals to his father that he sees power. “The power of a king,” the young warrior adds.
When we last left off, King Horik (Donal Logue) was afraid that Ragnar was going to try to wrest the crown from him. So out of fear, the king concocted a plan that would result in the demise of Ragnar and his sons. However, the tides turned against Horik when his supposed ally, Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard), betrayed him in the final moments of his plan.
“Floki, you have betrayed the gods,” King Horik said in the Season 2 finale.
“No, King Horik. I only betrayed you. I was always true to the gods and Ragnar,” Floki replied. This then led to Horik getting stabbed and butt-headed to death by the Lothbrok clan. Ragnar has been wearing the title of Denmark’s newest leader ever since the blood-soaked season finale.
With Horik dead, Ragnar now holds the power in his hands. But the farmer-turned-fighter knows that with authority comes potential consequence – a lesson he wanted to share with his son in the Season 3 promo video.
“The power is always dangerous,” he warns Bjorn. “It attracts the worst and corrupts the best.” Ragnar then reveals to his son that he never asked for the power he’s received. “Power is only given to those who are prepared to lower themselves to pick it up," he states.
What do you think Ragnar is hinting at? Could he be foreshadowing the corruption of his own character? Sound off in the comments section below and don’t forget to tune in to “Vikings” when Season 3 airs its premiere on Thursday, Feb. 19, at 10 p.m. EST.