Trivia / Vikings

  • Acting for Two: In an interesting piece of casting John Kavanagh plays both The Seer and Pope Leo
  • Cast the Expert: The Action Girl Lagertha is played by actress Katheryn Winnick, who is a lifelong martial artist.
  • Follow the Leader:
    • Almost surely made in the wake of HBO's Game of Thrones.
    • It has itself almost surely inspired the making of BBC's The Last Kingdom, though the books that show is based on predate Vikings by several years. The Last Kingdom features the Viking invasion of England after Ragnar's time, led by the warlord Ubba who is supposed to be another son of his (though only the books point out the relation).
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Ivan Kaye who plays King Ælle played Ivar the Boneless in Hammer of the Gods.
  • I Knew It: Anyone who remembered Ragnar's death in the saga and the Seer's prophecy knew that Ragnar was not actually dying.
  • Name's the Same: Leif is the son of Erik, which technically makes him Leif Eriksson. He obviously isn't that Leif Eriksson.
  • Real-Life Relative: The characters of Helga and Torvi are played by real-life sisters Maude and Georgia Hirst, who are also the daughters of Michael Hirst, the show's creator.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Clive Standen originally auditioned for the part of Ragnar, but actually wanted Rollo. Travis Fimmel then came along and was cast as Ragnar and Clive Standen got to be Rollo instead. So in the end, everybody got what they wanted.
    • The show was originally about Alfred the Great fighting the Great Heathen Army.
    • Ragnar was supposed to die in season 1. Thank Odin they didn't do that.
    • The script for the first season features a number of things that didn't make it into the cut such as Sinric appearing and telling Ragnar of England.

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