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The first three series of Vikings have functioned as a massively awesome trilogy – the rise of lateral-minded Ragnar from jarl-spurning raider to actual King of Denmark. As we stand on the brink of a fourth series, what more is there to say? Quite a lot, it turns out.
By
Shane Cubis

10 Feb 2016 - 12:04 PM  UPDATED 30 Mar 2016 - 5:15 PM

1. The endless betrayals

Why the hell would anyone trust Rollo anymore? This series is set to follow the warrior as he settles into a cushy place amongst the Frankish royal court with Gisla, daughter of the Emperor.

Ragnar may have snatched victory in Paris, but has returned to Kattegat in a dangerously weak state, and the people who seek to take over his kingdom are gathering strength. He’ll need to keep the watchful eye of Odin on his sneaky wife, Aslaug, former best friend (turned murderer of Athelstan) Floki and all manner of threats from England to Paris.

 

2. The unpredictability of the new characters (and the old ones)

 

With three new characters joining the cast, there’s bound to be a seismic shift in relations between Ragnar and the people around him. Likewise, who knows what’s happening in Bjorn’s mind? No longer the callow boy we first met in 2013, he’s now a fully-fledged warrior, bathed in blood on the battlefields of Paris and ready to support, or usurp his father – depending on what the gods have in store.

 

3. The fascinating history continues…

It’s no secret that Vikings takes its inspiration from real-world events of many centuries ago. Introducing Harald – or King Finehair, as he calls himself – this series means we can expect some hardcore tough-guydom.

In the sagas, he was rejected by the love of his life, who refused to marry him until he became the king of a unified Norway. And so, like all right-thinking people, he vowed to never cut his hair until he made it so.

What does this mean as a challenge for Ragnar and his shaven-headed Kingliness of Denmark? We will soon find out.

 

4. It’s a much bigger production

Shot largely in Ireland, the show needed 8000 extras for filming – and called for people who met these criteria...

*Deep breath*

“... Fishermen, Metal Workers, Carpenters, Craftspeople, Farmworkers, Axe Men/Women, Skilled swords people, M&F Archers, Bowmen & Women, M&F Rowers, M&F Sailors, Ship hands & Deckhands, Calligraphers, Latin Speakers, Musicians, Midwives, Nurses, Animal Handlers, Hunters, Blacksmiths, Lumber Jacks, Tree Surgeons, Whittlers, Males with long hair and Beards, Over 6ft sporty types, No visible tattoos, Women with naturally coloured hair, all men prepared to grow hair and beards, Men and women with punk style haircuts.”

Series four is set to be the biggest yet, and will actually be a 20-part series aired in two 10-episode sections. The sets will range across countries, from the Frankish court to the realm of Wessex in England, Kattegat in Denmark and into the wilds of Norway and beyond.

 

5. The sexy, sexy Vikings

It’s no secret that the majority of the cast here are bona fide hotties. Whether you’d like to share a special hut with Ragnar, be wrapped in Rollo’s mighty arms or plant kisses all over Aslaug’s elven face, there’s a sex object for every taste. Even Floki has his fans.

And with good reason! Check this guy out:

The new series of Vikings continues Wednesdays at 9:30pm (AEDT) on SBS. 

Missed it? Every episode will be on SBS On Demand after it airs.