The Season 2 finale of Michael Hirst’s hit historical drama, “Vikings,” ended with a bang – or should we say headbutt? It was bloody, shocking and of course left us sitting on the edge of our seats waiting to see what’s next for the earl of Kattegat, uh – excuse us – we mean the king of the Vikings.
But unfortunately for “Vikings” fans, it looks like you’ll be left hanging for quite some time because according to reports, Season 3 of the gruesome drama won’t be starting until 2015. Yep, we have to wait until next year to reunite with our favorite bearded and braided beauties. So until then we’ll be spending our time researching and speculating about what will occur when “Vikings” returns.
Thank to Hirst, we can predict what’s to come due to teasers he gave us hidden throughout Season 2 finale interviews – starting with the date of Season 3’s first filming.
“We start filming on June 2. We’re well underway. It’s exciting,” Hirst told Entertainment Weekly. The series, inspired by the sagas revolving around the Viking Ragnar Lothbrok, is filmed in Ireland, specifically Ashford Studios and Country Wicklow.
“We’re very lucky to be shooting in Ireland for many reasons,” Hirst said during a behind-the-scenes video. “Primarily I think because the landscape. Within a very short range of the studio you have mountains, woods and the sea – very important in a Viking show.”
But according to the mastermind behind the History Channel series, our “Vikings” will be saying “au revoir” to beautiful Ireland when they set sail for another destination: Paris. This will occur after a reported “time jump,” which means fans can expect to see Ragnar’s young sons all grown up!
“We’re in a new place, because Ragnar is a king now,” Hirst spoke of the coming season. “Halfway through season three, we’re going to attack Paris — there’s a famous Viking attack on the city of Paris. And they attacked with 120 ships. So this new season, we go from eight ships to 120 ships. You have to go up in scale.”
The attack he's speaking of is the Siege of Paris. It's a Viking invasion of the kingdom of West Franks. According to reports, the Vikings completely conquer Charles the Bald’s tiny army and eventually reach Paris by the end of the month, during Easter. The Vikings reportedly receive a ransom payment from Charles the Bald.
That means two things:
- Fans will be introduced to a new character: Charles the Bald.
- Ragnar will once again become acquainted with Christianity.
Since Athelstan has returned to live among the Vikings, Ragnar has decided to familiarize himself with his friend’s religion. Hirst revealed that in the Season 2 finale, Ragnar’s only words were that of the Lord’s Prayer per actor Travis Fimmel’s request.
“Travis and I have a good relationship — we discuss all the scripts and he’s very thoughtful,” Hirst explained. “I don’t know if you noticed, because I slipped it in without many people noticing, but one of the things that Travis said to me as we got to the last episode was, ‘I don’t know if we can swing this, but all I want to say in the last episode is the Lord’s Prayer. So I’m gonna be in loads of scenes, but I’m not going to speak. The only thing I’m going to say is the Lord’s Prayer.’ And I just thought that was so cool.”
Did you catch this during episode 10?
Perhaps the Paris raid will open up Ragnar even more to Athelstan’s religion – specifically because it’s around Easter, the day Jesus rose from the dead.
But we know one thing for sure: Floki won’t be pleased with Ragnar growing closer to the “enemy” and his “false gods.”
It was revealed in the season finale that Floki was loyal to Ragnar the entire time. The only one he was betraying was King Horik. But according to Hirst, Floki’s devotion might bite him in the butt in the end.
“Obviously, the main thing about the finale is that the people you think have betrayed Ragnar don’t betray him. And that’s not necessarily altogether a good thing for them in some ways,” Hirst explained. “I think part of Floki’s dissatisfaction doesn’t entirely go away. A lot of what he says about Ragnar and why he didn’t invite Ragnar to his wedding is quite true, that he feels slightly undervalued by Ragnar. And although he wasn’t going to fall for Horik’s blandishments, I think it still leaves him in a position where he’s agitated and somewhat unhappy about the way things are going.”
So does that mean our favorite TV bromance is still in jeopardy? We hope not! Flogar forever!
Hirst went on to tease that fans can expect more death come Season 3 – think main characters.
“I love these characters, and I hate having to kill them off. And you have to kill them off sometimes, and that will happen again in Season 3,” he admitted.
Yikes! Who do you think might get killed off in Season 3? Sound off in the comments section below with your predictions!