After all the bloodshed and outright murder of series three, Vikings has done what any crafty TV epic would – repopulate! As we roll into the fourth instalment of frostbitten hardmen and women taking what they want from life at the edge of an axe, here are three new additions to the snowy world of Vikings…
Yidu: more than just a slave girl
When Queen Aslaug chooses Chinese slave Yidu (Dianne Doan) to work in her household, she maaay not have been thinking about her husband Ragnar’s famous appetites. (Or maybe she just needed a break.) He’s always had a taste for the exotic, whether it’s the dearly departed monk Athelstan and his bizarre Christian beliefs or an Asian girl who was working as a slave in Paris until she was captured by the Vikings last series.
And once Yidu breaks out the traditional “medicines” of her people, it looks like she and Ragnar are going to have some wildly psychedelic adventures together...
King Harald Finehair: now that’s a surname!
If you want to become the new king of Norway, the first step is to start calling yourself the king of Norway. That’s the political decision of King Harald Finehair (Peter Franzén), who turns up this series to challenge Ragnar – currently king of Denmark – with his aspirations.
Inspired by the real-life Harald Fairhair, he’s more than just a beautiful coif, with a butterfly-like face tatt and a look best described as “intimidating”.
Halfdan the Black: also quite a cool name
There’s always a violent brother in these sagas, isn’t there? This time around, that position is ably filled by Halfdan the Black (Jasper Pääkkönen), who takes care of the wetworks for his big brother Harald. Sporting an emo fringe and extensive face tattoo, he’s a fairly scary guy.
Though he’s a killer brother in the show, in the sagas, Halfdan the Black – named as such for his black hair and not his black skin, as some think – is actually Harold Fairhair’s father.
The new series of Vikings continues Wednesdays at 9:30pm (AEDT) on SBS.
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