History Series / Vikings

12th Jan '17 9:31:41 AM Killztwice
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* WeAreStrugglignTogether: In season 4, Ragnar's sons are united in their desire to [[spoiler: avenge Ragnar's death]] but there are clear divisions among them. Bjorn is the oldest and most respected but he is Lagartha's son and makes no secret of the fact that he will side with his mother over his brothers. Ivar and Sigurd despise each other and their arguments tend to end just short of one killing the other.
* WeCanRuleTogether: The Earl offers to make Rollo his son-in-law and thus presumed heir in exchange for Rollo testifying against Ragnar at trial. Rollo is certainly tempted to take the offer, but in the end supports Ragnar.

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* WeAreStrugglignTogether: WeAreStrugglingTogether: In season 4, Ragnar's sons are united in their desire to [[spoiler: avenge Ragnar's death]] but there are clear divisions among them. Bjorn is the oldest and most respected but he is Lagartha's son and makes no secret of the fact that he will side with his mother over his brothers. Ivar and Sigurd despise each other and their arguments tend to end just short of one killing the other.
other. Ubbe & Ivar are both adamant in their desire to kill Lagertha - with Ubbe being more cautious of it, especially given Bjorn's position - but both Sigurd and Hvitserk are more aware of their mother's flaws, with Sigurd being out and out resentful towards her, and don't believe that avenging her is worth it at all.
* WeCanRuleTogether: The Earl offers to make Rollo his son-in-law and thus presumed heir in exchange for Rollo testifying against Ragnar at trial. Rollo is certainly tempted to take the offer, but in the end supports Ragnar.
12th Jan '17 8:06:46 AM nielas
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* WeAreStrugglignTogether: In season 4, Ragnar's sons are united in their desire to [[spoiler: avenge Ragnar's death]] but there are clear divisions among them. Bjorn is the oldest and most respected but he is Lagartha's son and makes no secret of the fact that he will side with his mother over his brothers. Ivar and Sigurd despise each other and their arguments tend to end just short of one killing the other.
12th Jan '17 7:06:10 AM Thorion
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* CompressedAdaptation: With characters being combined such as Alfred the Great's mother and stepmother as well as events such as the Siege of Paris, this series takes what would be multiple decades at the most and brings it down to just two.
12th Jan '17 6:59:53 AM Thorion
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* Aelle tortures Ragnar before having him killed and it is indeed cold-blooded.

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* ** Aelle tortures Ragnar before having him killed and it is indeed cold-blooded.
12th Jan '17 6:59:24 AM Thorion
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* Aelle tortures Ragnar before having him killed and it is indeed cold-blooded.
10th Jan '17 1:22:48 AM Bagpiper
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* TranslationConvention: Norse, Old English, and Old French are usually presented in modern English [[JustAStupidAccent with an accent]]. When cultures meet who speak different languages, one or both languages may be subtitled.

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* TranslationConvention: The characters in the show would have spoken Norse, Old English, and Old French French, depending on their area of origin, which are all usually presented in as modern English [[JustAStupidAccent English. However, these dead languages are sometimes spoken untranslated and with an accent]]. When cultures meet who speak subtitles, especially when the show visits a new country for the first time or when speakers of two different languages, one or both languages may be subtitled.are meeting.
5th Jan '17 4:15:12 PM Jeroic
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** [[spoiler: After Ragnar dies flocks of ravens circle the skies much like with Ragnar's religious experience in S1E1 and all of his sons are visited by a one-eyed figure in a black cloak and know at once that Ragnar is dead.]]
31st Dec '16 10:55:43 AM karategal
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31st Dec '16 10:51:35 AM karategal
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** Ragnar crops his hair short in Season 3 and has shaved his head in Season 4 to show the passage of time. In the [[spoiler:mid-season finale of Season 4, his bread has grown longer to show his aging over about 10 years]].

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** Ragnar crops his hair short in Season 3 and has shaved his head in Season 4 to show the passage of time. In the [[spoiler:mid-season finale of Season 4, his bread beard has grown longer to show his aging over about 10 years]].



* ALighterShadeOfGrey: Ragnar specifically is this compared to some of the other Vikings; He frequently shows mercy on enemies and the helpless. More than anything, the show presents his primary virtue as his forward-thinking attitude and thirst for knowledge.

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* ALighterShadeOfGrey: Ragnar specifically is this compared to some of the other Vikings; He he frequently shows mercy on enemies and the helpless. More than anything, the show presents his primary virtue as his forward-thinking attitude and thirst for knowledge.



** Harbard the Wanderer. Auslag, Helga and Siggy all have the same dream of his arrival. He seems to have magical powers and may or may not be [[spoiler: Odin or Loki.]]

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** Harbard the Wanderer. Auslag, Helga Aslaug, Helga, and Siggy all have the same dream of his arrival. He seems to have magical powers and may or may not be [[spoiler: Odin or Loki.]]



* MamasBabyPapasMaybe: Princess Kwenthrith claims that the father of her son is Ragnar. This claim is put into question by almost every single character that hears it for the first time.

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* MamasBabyPapasMaybe: Princess Kwenthrith claims that the father of her son is Ragnar. This claim is put into question by almost every single character that hears it for the first time. It's eventually revealed in Season 4 that [[spoiler: they never had sex]], so such a claim would be impossible.



** [[spoiler:Athelstan arguably qualifies as this, having been reborn into Christianity before his death in Born Again.]]

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** [[spoiler:Athelstan arguably qualifies as this, having been reborn into Christianity before his death in Born Again.]]"Born Again".]] Since he's by far the most morally good character in the series, it's rather fitting.



* TranslationConvention: Norse, Old English and Old French are usually presented in modern English [[JustAStupidAccent with an accent]]. When cultures meet who speak different languages, one or both languages may be subtitled.

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* TranslationConvention: Norse, Old English English, and Old French are usually presented in modern English [[JustAStupidAccent with an accent]]. When cultures meet who speak different languages, one or both languages may be subtitled.
29th Dec '16 11:58:58 PM karategal
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** As of Season 3, Thorunn

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** As of Season 3, ThorunnThorunn.



* AmicableExes: [[spoiler: Ragnar and Lagertha]] in the second season. They're shown to be still very friendly with one another, and [[spoiler: Lagertha]] is shown to frequently back up her ex-husband when he's in conflict with someone else. By season 4 Ragnar and Lagertha get along better than Ragnar and Aslaug

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* AmicableExes: [[spoiler: Ragnar and Lagertha]] in the second season. They're shown to be still very friendly with one another, and [[spoiler: Lagertha]] is shown to frequently back up her ex-husband when he's in conflict with someone else. By season 4 Season 4, Ragnar and Lagertha get along better than Ragnar and AslaugAslaug.



** Harald Finehair, the equally semi-mythological first king of Norway, appears in season 4. He is generally thought to have lived (if he ever existed at all) during the latter half of the 9th century, well over 80 years after the raid on Lindisfarne, and his surname of "Finehair/Fairhair" was an acquired nickname he obtained upon founding the kingdom of Norway (traditionally held to have happened 872, 7 years after Ragnar's death). Further muddling the issue, Harald was (according to legend) Ragnar's great-grandson through his mother Ragnhild, who was daughter of Sigurd Snake-in-the-Eye.

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** Harald Finehair, the equally semi-mythological first king of Norway, appears in season Season 4. He is generally thought to have lived (if he ever existed at all) during the latter half of the 9th century, well over 80 years after the raid on Lindisfarne, and his surname of "Finehair/Fairhair" was an acquired nickname he obtained upon founding the kingdom of Norway (traditionally held to have happened 872, 7 years after Ragnar's death). Further muddling the issue, Harald was (according to legend) Ragnar's great-grandson through his mother Ragnhild, who was daughter of Sigurd Snake-in-the-Eye.



* BigBadEnsemble: Depending on the story arc and the perspective, there has been more than one BigBad over the course of the series with Earl Haraldson serving as the Big Bad for the first part of season 1, Ragnar serving as the Big Bad from the Frankish perspective and Lagertha serving as the Big Bad for Ubbe's story arc following her murder of Aslaug.

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* BigBadEnsemble: Depending on the story arc and the perspective, there has been more than one BigBad over the course of the series with Earl Haraldson serving as the Big Bad for the first part of season Season 1, Ragnar serving as the Big Bad from the Frankish perspective and Lagertha serving as the Big Bad for Ubbe's story arc following her murder of Aslaug.



** Lagertha has married several men, has a threesome with a man and his wife, and [[spoiler:will have a female lover in the latter half of season 4.]]

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** Lagertha has married several men, has a threesome with a man and his wife, and [[spoiler:will have a female lover in the latter half of season Season 4.]]



** King Aelle returns in season 2 as an ally to king Ecbert.

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** King Aelle returns in season Season 2 as an ally to king King Ecbert.



** Thyri returns briefly in season 3 [[spoiler:after her death, appearing to Siggy just before she drowns. It's left unclear whether she's a ghost or if this is just Siggy's dying hallucination]].
** [[spoiler: Athelstan, after getting killed by Floki in Season 3, comes back three times in season 4 - the first two times, he's implied to be appearing at the same time to Ragnar and King Ecbert in Kattegat and Wessex respectively as... [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane a ghost]] of some sort? The next time, he appears in Ragnar's hallucination of simpler times alongside the previous incarnation of Ragnar's family]].

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** Thyri returns briefly in season Season 3 [[spoiler:after her death, appearing to Siggy just before she drowns. It's left unclear whether she's a ghost or if this is just Siggy's dying hallucination]].
** [[spoiler: Athelstan, after getting killed by Floki in Season 3, comes back three times in season Season 4 - -- the first two times, he's implied to be appearing at the same time to Ragnar and King Ecbert in Kattegat and Wessex respectively as... [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane a ghost]] of some sort? The next time, he appears in Ragnar's hallucination of simpler times alongside the previous incarnation of Ragnar's family]].



** Season 1 ends with [[spoiler: Aslaug being pregnant with Ubbe, Ragnar's second son and Rollo deciding to betray his brother and fight with Jarl Borg]].

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** Season 1 ends with [[spoiler: Aslaug being pregnant with Ubbe, Ragnar's second son son, and Rollo deciding to betray his brother and fight with Jarl Borg]].



** The season 4 mid-season finale has [[spoiler:Ragnar sticking a sword in the ground and bellowing for someone, including his sons, to try to kill him]].

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** The season Season 4 mid-season finale has [[spoiler:Ragnar sticking a sword in the ground and bellowing for someone, including his sons, to try to kill him]].



* ComicBookTime: The only concrete date given on the show is that the first episode is set in 793 AD. After that the passage of time is handled very vaguely, with different characters aging at different rates and large [[TimeSkip time skips]] sprinkled throughout. No specific number is mentioned until halfway through season 4, when after a long TimeSkip it is mentioned that Magnus is already over 12 years old.

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* ComicBookTime: The only concrete date given on the show is that the first episode is set in 793 AD. After that the passage of time is handled very vaguely, with different characters aging at different rates and large [[TimeSkip time skips]] sprinkled throughout. No specific number is mentioned until halfway through season Season 4, when after a long TimeSkip it is mentioned that Magnus is already over 12 years old.



** The whole Paris story arc in Season 3 is three separate historical events glued together - the quick and successful siege of Paris in 845 by Ragnar, when the vikings breached the city walls, overrun and occupied Paris, and were subsequently paid off with around 2,570 kilos of silver; the much longer and failed siege of Paris in 885-886 by Rollo, Sigred and Sinric, when the vikings stormed the city several times using elaborate siege weapons, while Paris was defended by Count Odo; and the Mediterranean voyage of Hastein and Björn Ironside in 859-862, when they tricked the guards of the city of Luna by staging a funeral of Hastein.

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** The whole Paris story arc in Season 3 is three separate historical events glued together - -- the quick and successful siege of Paris in 845 by Ragnar, when the vikings Vikings breached the city walls, overrun and occupied Paris, and were subsequently paid off with around 2,570 kilos of silver; the much longer and failed siege of Paris in 885-886 by Rollo, Sigred Sigred, and Sinric, when the vikings Vikings stormed the city several times using elaborate siege weapons, while Paris was defended by Count Odo; and the Mediterranean voyage of Hastein and Björn Ironside in 859-862, when they tricked the guards of the city of Luna by staging a funeral of Hastein.



** Ragnar had three wives - Lagertha, Thora and Aslaug. Apparently, the showrunners decided that it would be too much, so they cut Thora out altogether and gave some of her characteristics, such as love for mysticism and various prophecies, to Aslaug. While Björn was made Lagertha's son, instead of Aslaug's.

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** Ragnar had three wives - -- Lagertha, Thora Thora, and Aslaug. Apparently, the showrunners decided that it would be too much, so they cut Thora out altogether and gave some of her characteristics, such as love for mysticism and various prophecies, to Aslaug. While Björn was made Lagertha's son, instead of Aslaug's.



* CynicismCatalyst: If you are in a position of leadership in viking Scandinavia, this is almost given. For earl Haraldson it was the murder of his sons. For Jarl Borg it was his murder trying to poison him and his wife dying in the process.
** Ragnar suffers multiple minor one [[spoiler: losing Kauko, Erik, Leif, Arne and his daughter Gyda]] in the first season and lashes out on Björn in a cynical but poignant rant about happiness not being garantied anyone. When [[spoiler: Floki murders Athelstan]] he is finally pushed into an even deeper pit of cynicism. It did not help that it was partly his fault because [[spoiler: Athelstan suggested that he should leave, having alienated all Kattegat when he finally converted back to christianity and threw away his armring.]]

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* CynicismCatalyst: If you are in a position of leadership in viking Viking Scandinavia, this is almost given. For earl Haraldson it was the murder of his sons. For Jarl Borg it was his murder trying to poison him and his wife dying in the process.
** Ragnar suffers multiple minor one [[spoiler: losing Kauko, Erik, Leif, Arne and his daughter Gyda]] in the first season and lashes out on Björn in a cynical but poignant rant about happiness not being garantied anyone. When [[spoiler: Floki murders Athelstan]] he is finally pushed into an even deeper pit of cynicism. It did not help that it was partly his fault because [[spoiler: Athelstan suggested that he should leave, having alienated all Kattegat when he finally converted back to christianity Christianity and threw away his armring.]]



** In the season 4 premier, Erlendur shows Einar a Frankish crossbow and remarks how useful the weapon will be in the future. [[spoiler: Near the end of the episode Erlendur and Kalf's men use the crossbows to slaughter Einar and all his supporters]].

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** In the season Season 4 premier, premiere, Erlendur shows Einar a Frankish crossbow and remarks how useful the weapon will be in the future. [[spoiler: Near the end of the episode episode, Erlendur and Kalf's men use the crossbows to slaughter Einar and all his supporters]].



* TheFundamentalist: Floki is the most religious of Ragnar's group. He's the only one to criticize Rollo for going through a baptism and is the first to try to volunteer for human sacrifice. He often bullies Athelstan for his Christian background and is the most troubled by Ragnar's plan of Northman and Christian co-existence. It comes to a head in season three when Floki has a religious vision that inspires him to murder Athelstan.

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* TheFundamentalist: Floki is the most religious of Ragnar's group. He's the only one to criticize Rollo for going through a baptism and is the first to try to volunteer for human sacrifice. He often bullies Athelstan for his Christian background and is the most troubled by Ragnar's plan of Northman and Christian co-existence. It comes to a head in season three Season 3 when Floki has a religious vision that inspires him to murder Athelstan.



** Athelstan, in turn, is conflicted in his belief about Ragnar and the other vikings when Ragnar continuously shows him kindness, and thematically struggles with this trope throughout the series.

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** Athelstan, in turn, is conflicted in his belief about Ragnar and the other vikings Vikings when Ragnar continuously shows him kindness, and thematically struggles with this trope throughout the series.



** Few of the Vikings wear helmets into battle, and those that we see don't have [[HornyVikings horns]]. Most Vikings in real life were too poor to own a helmet, but Ragnar's elite group passes up many opportunities to loot helmets and armor from their many foes. The only norsemen to carry helmets on a regular basis are the Swedes briefly seen in season 1.

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** Few of the Vikings wear helmets into battle, and those that we see don't have [[HornyVikings horns]]. Most Vikings in real life were too poor to own a helmet, but Ragnar's elite group passes up many opportunities to loot helmets and armor from their many foes. The only norsemen Norsemen to carry helmets on a regular basis are the Swedes briefly seen in season Season 1.



* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Rollo, Björn, King Aelle, Aethelwulf, Horik I, King Ecbert of Wessex, Kwenthrith, Princess Judith, Ivar the Boneless, and probably more to come. And that's not counting the semi-legendary figures.

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* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Rollo, Björn, King Aelle, Aethelwulf, Horik I, King Ecbert of Wessex, Kwenthrith, Princess Judith, Ivar the Boneless, Alfred the Great, and probably more to come. And that's not counting the semi-legendary figures.



** In season 3 Ragnar pretends to convert to Christianity, then [[spoiler:fakes his death, and requests to be given a Christian funeral/burial, which would require his body to be taken inside Paris. During the ceremony he leaps out of his coffin, tosses some weapons to his men, and together they manage to open the gates of the city to the other Norsemen. This is a tactic said to have been used by the real life ''Bjorn Ironside'' in order to sack an Italian city.]]

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** In season 3 Season 3, Ragnar pretends to convert to Christianity, then [[spoiler:fakes his death, and requests to be given a Christian funeral/burial, which would require his body to be taken inside Paris. During the ceremony he leaps out of his coffin, tosses some weapons to his men, and together they manage to open the gates of the city to the other Norsemen. This is a tactic said to have been used by the real life ''Bjorn Ironside'' in order to sack an Italian city.]]



* KilledOffscreen: Subverted by [[spoiler:Ragnar in the season 3 finale. He's shown ailing in bed, and it's implied that he hasn't got much time left. Then after a commercial break, he's shown suddenly dead. It turns out that he was just faking his death, though he is legitimately ailing]].

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* KilledOffscreen: Subverted by [[spoiler:Ragnar in the season Season 3 finale. He's shown ailing in bed, and it's implied that he hasn't got much time left. Then after a commercial break, he's shown suddenly dead. It turns out that he was just faking his death, though he is legitimately ailing]].



* KlingonPromotion: [[spoiler:Ragnar kills Earl Harldson and becomes an earl, then kills King Horik and becomes a king. In the mid-season 4 finale, he challenges his subjects to kill him and become king in his place]].

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* KlingonPromotion: [[spoiler:Ragnar kills Earl Harldson and becomes an earl, then kills King Horik and becomes a king. In the mid-season mid-Season 4 finale, he challenges his subjects to kill him and become king in his place]].



* MeaningfulName: It is noted by Bjorn that Floki has a name that sounds like Loki. He resembles the trickster god's role in many ways: a close ally to the hero on his travels, as Loki is to Thor (Ragnar, in this case); not a muscular warrior, but his intelligence is of great help (Floki is an engineer and imparts important advice to Ragnar); frequently causes mischief and trouble (needlessly burning down the monastery, causing a battle by ripping a crucifix off a soldier). In Season 2, he openly associates himself with Loki and names his daughter after Loki's first wife. [[spoiler: In Season 4 his punishment for killing Athelstan is pulled straight from what happened to Loki for killing Baldur - caught in a river, chained up in a cave to be tormented by dripping with only their loyal wives to avert their torment.]]

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* MeaningfulName: It is noted by Bjorn that Floki has a name that sounds like Loki. He resembles the trickster god's role in many ways: a close ally to the hero on his travels, as Loki is to Thor (Ragnar, in this case); not a muscular warrior, but his intelligence is of great help (Floki is an engineer and imparts important advice to Ragnar); frequently causes mischief and trouble (needlessly burning down the monastery, causing a battle by ripping a crucifix off a soldier). In Season 2, he openly associates himself with Loki and names his daughter after Loki's first wife. [[spoiler: In Season 4 4, his punishment for killing Athelstan is pulled straight from what happened to Loki for killing Baldur - -- caught in a river, chained up in a cave to be tormented by dripping with only their loyal wives to avert their torment.]]



** Other than changes in wardrobe and makeup, both Lagertha and Aslaug look exactly the same by the time of the timeskip midway through season 4, even though by that point [[spoiler:both have sons who are grown men]].

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** Other than changes in wardrobe and makeup, both Lagertha and Aslaug look exactly the same by the time of the timeskip midway through season Season 4, even though by that point [[spoiler:both have sons who are grown men]].



** [[spoiler: Lagertha has this in season 4. It results in her having yet another miscarriage.]]
* PromotionToOpeningTitles: John Kavanagh who plays the blind seer is promoted to the opening credits in season 4.

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** [[spoiler: Lagertha has this in season Season 4. It results in her having yet another miscarriage.]]
* PromotionToOpeningTitles: John Kavanagh who plays the blind seer is promoted to the opening credits in season Season 4.



* RavenHairIvorySkin: The common characteristic of every non-Viking princess on the show. Kwenthrith, Judith and Gisla are all very pale, dark haired beauties.

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* RavenHairIvorySkin: The common characteristic of every non-Viking princess on the show. Kwenthrith, Judith Judith, and Gisla are all very pale, dark haired dark-haired beauties.



* RememberTheNewGuy: In season one, Kattegat's Earl presides over trials and hands down punishment. In season two, Kattegat suddenly has a "lawgiver" who presides over Rollo's trial and hands down a ruling that is (officially at least) beyond the Earl's control. At least it's more historically accurate.

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* RememberTheNewGuy: In season one, Season 1, Kattegat's Earl presides over trials and hands down punishment. In season two, Season 2, Kattegat suddenly has a "lawgiver" who presides over Rollo's trial and hands down a ruling that is (officially at least) beyond the Earl's control. At least it's more historically accurate.



** In the first episode, Ragnar's son has become old enough to attend and vote in a Thing. He also pledges fealty to the Earl and receives ceremonial rings. In season 4, Ragnar repeats the ritual with Sigurd and Ubbe.

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** In the first episode, Ragnar's son has become old enough to attend and vote in a Thing. He also pledges fealty to the Earl and receives ceremonial rings. In season Season 4, Ragnar repeats the ritual with Sigurd and Ubbe.



** In the season 3 finale, the warriors in [[spoiler: Ragnar's]] funeral procession sing the famous 77th stanza from ''Hávamál'''s ''Gestaþáttr''.

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** In the season Season 3 finale, the warriors in [[spoiler: Ragnar's]] funeral procession sing the famous 77th stanza from ''Hávamál'''s ''Gestaþáttr''.



** The smith in season 1 has a replica of a viking-age cooling stone bearing the image of Floki.

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** The smith in season Season 1 has a replica of a viking-age Viking-age cooling stone bearing the image of Floki.



** Ivar the Boneless's characterization as being intelligent starts in Season 4, when he is apprenticed to Floki and is shown winning Hnefatafl games at a very young age.

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** Ivar the Boneless's characterization as being intelligent starts in Season 4, when he is apprenticed to Floki and is shown winning Hnefatafl games at a very young age. He's also later shown playing a game of chess with Alfred, who was renowned in real life for being TheChessmaster and will eventually become Ivar's martial and intellectual rival.



* SoapOperaDisease: In season 3, Ragnar's health starts gradually failing, either as the result of an illness, the accumulation of battle wounds, or a combination of the two. He's in such bad shape that his death is faked and all his family and friends believe it. In the beginning of the fourth season, he's bedridden at home. However, he gradually gets stronger and seems to more or less make a full recovery.

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* SoapOperaDisease: In season Season 3, Ragnar's health starts gradually failing, either as the result of an illness, the accumulation of battle wounds, or a combination of the two. He's in such bad shape that his death is faked and all his family and friends believe it. In the beginning of the fourth season, he's bedridden at home. However, he gradually gets stronger and seems to more or less make a full recovery.



* StockholmSyndrome: Athelstan's respect and affection for Ragnar's family grows over time in spite of the fact that Ragnar violently enslaved him. However, part of the reason Athelstan sticks around is because Ragnar treats him well and he has nowhere else to go. By season 2, he feels like a part of the family, and Ragnar's family [[LimaSyndrome feels the same way]].
* AStormIsComing: Invoked heavily in the promotion for season 1. In season 2, before the climactic battle, Aslaug and Lagertha notices storm clouds gathering over Kattegat and state, "The gods are coming."[[note]]The [=Æ=]sir are also known as ''the gods of the slain''[[/note]]

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* StockholmSyndrome: Athelstan's respect and affection for Ragnar's family grows over time in spite of the fact that Ragnar violently enslaved him. However, part of the reason Athelstan sticks around is because Ragnar treats him well and he has nowhere else to go. By season Season 2, he feels like a part of the family, and Ragnar's family [[LimaSyndrome feels the same way]].
* AStormIsComing: Invoked heavily in the promotion for season Season 1. In season Season 2, before the climactic battle, Aslaug and Lagertha notices notice storm clouds gathering over Kattegat and state, "The gods are coming."[[note]]The [=Æ=]sir are also known as ''the gods of the slain''[[/note]]



* TimeSkip: Four years passes between Episodes 1 and 2 of the second season. There are also shorter time skips several times throughout the series, so each season spans about a year or two. The mid-season finale of season 4 has the largest timeskip to date, with somewhere in the neighborhood of eight to ten years passing.

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* TimeSkip: Four years passes between Episodes 1 and 2 of the second season. There are also shorter time skips several times throughout the series, so each season spans about a year or two. The mid-season finale of season Season 4 has the largest timeskip to date, with somewhere in the neighborhood of eight to ten years passing.



** In season 3, he plan to [[spoiler:fake his death and use his funeral to kidnap a member of the royal family to open Paris's gates is kept from the audience as well as all of his closest confidants except his son]].

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** In season Season 3, he plan to [[spoiler:fake his death and use his funeral to kidnap a member of the royal family to open Paris's gates is kept from the audience as well as all of his closest confidants except his son]].



*** It gets even worse in season 4 [[spoiler: when word of the massacre of the Norse settlers get out and that Ragnar knew about this and said nothing]].

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*** It gets even worse in season Season 4 [[spoiler: when word of the massacre of the Norse settlers get out and that Ragnar knew about this and said nothing]].



* WouldntHitAGirl: We never see Ragnar personally abuse any women, in contrast to many other Vikings. He spares Siggy's life and says nothing when Rollo marries her and Lagertha allows her into his household. When he discovers an English girl hiding from his raiders, he helps conceal her from them. In the finale of Season 1, he seems to consider it briefly when he goes to Aslaug's sleeping quarter with a knife, but leaves her unharmed in the end. He does, however, [[spoiler:have Horik's daughters killed by proxy, and in season 4 he slaps Aslaug when she pushes his BerserkButton by belittling Athelstan's murder]].

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* WouldntHitAGirl: We never see Ragnar personally abuse any women, in contrast to many other Vikings. He spares Siggy's life and says nothing when Rollo marries her and Lagertha allows her into his household. When he discovers an English girl hiding from his raiders, he helps conceal her from them. In the finale of Season 1, he seems to consider it briefly when he goes to Aslaug's sleeping quarter with a knife, but leaves her unharmed in the end. He does, however, [[spoiler:have Horik's daughters killed by proxy, and in season 4 Season 4, he slaps Aslaug when she pushes his BerserkButton by belittling Athelstan's murder]].
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