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  • 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.
  • Cast the Runner-Up: Clive Standen said that he was actually more interested in the part of Rollo, but nonetheless auditioned for Ragnar, which would turn out to be the lead role for the first four seasons of the show. (Despite early drafts that planned to kill Ragnar in the first season.) After Travis Fimmel was cast as Ragnar, Standen did wind up playing Rollo.
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  • Fake Nationality: A good portion of the Vikings are played by actors who are not Scandinavian. A lot of local Irish play the bit parts.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • The brother of Aella, Aethelwulf often gets called Aethelwulf the older to avoid confusion with Ecbert's son.
    • The Icelandic Revenge Killings quickly got dubbed the "Viking Red Wedding".
    • King Olaf's dwarf stewart Canute quickly got dubbed "Low-Rent Tyrion" and "Canute the Sinful Dwarf".
  • Follow the Leader:
    • It was made in the wake of HBO's Game of Thrones, and shares that show's focus on political intrigue in a medieval setting, though Vikings places a far greater emphasis on battles and swordplay and has less intricate subplots.
    • Vikings itself probably 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).
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    • The treatment of history in Britannia also seems to have been inspired by Vikings.
  • I Knew It!: Anyone who remembered Ragnar's death in the saga and the Seer's prophecy knew that Ragnar was not actually dying during the siege of Paris.
  • Killed by Request: Siggy's death was written in at Jessalyn Gilsig's request as she could no longer handle the long filming periods in Ireland away from her young daughter.
    • Likely the case with Jonathan Rhys Meyers, who suffered some tragedies in his personal life during the first half of the filming of Season Five, including his wife having a miscarriage and him falling off the wagon. There were no facilities available to treat him in Ireland, so he had to come back to the U.S. for help. Hirst had already said there was quite a bit of backstory planned to be revealed for Heahmund, but instead he's killed during the second half of Season Five.
  • Name's the Same:
    • Leif is the son of Erik, which technically makes him Leif Eriksson. He obviously isn't that Leif Eriksson.
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    • Gunhild is congratulated for defeating Sven Forkbeard. The real Sven Forkbeard was a Danish ruler who became King of England in 1013, almost two century after the events of Vikings.
  • Playing Against Type: Ferdia Walsh Peelo plays King Alfred, marking a huge difference from his breakout role in Sing Street.
  • Playing Gertrude: Travis Fimmel is only thirteen years older than Alexander Ludwig, who plays his son. Katheryn Winnick is likewise only fifteen years older than Alexander. This is however a result of Aluminum Christmas Trees — young marriages were very common in Viking society as puberty was considered adulthood.
  • Prop Recycling:
    • The most noticable example is Bjorn's gambeson in season 5, which is the same used by Micheal Fassbender in Macbeth. It's especially noticable in episode 5.7 and 5.8, but later they make modifications to it which makes it less obvious.
    • Kjetill's belly warmer/leather belt is a Dothraki belt.
    • The armor used by the english, especially the Wessex-soldiers is the same used by the english mooks in Braveheart.
  • 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. It shows.
  • Romance on the Set: Althrough we are not sure about what was going on between their characters, George Blagden and Elinor Crawley fell in love during the production.
  • She Also Did: Irish professional wrestler Becky Lynch did stunt work on this show before she was signed to WWE in 2013. Fellow Irish professional wrestler Katey Harvey was also one of Aslaug's guards.
  • Trolling Creator: Michael Hirst regarding the nature of the supernatural elements of the show, saying stuff like: "If you show dramatisation of the crucifiction to a Christian, would they say it's a fantasy?" Hirst has also all but confirmed the fan theory that Floki is the god Loki.
  • 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, which is why King Aelle's snake pit is introduced so early in the series. The rising conflict with King Aella is unexpectedly cut short in season 1, given a minor resolution in episode 7, leaving the final 2 episodes to set up new conflicts. Producers realised they had created an icon with Travis Fimmel as Ragnar and it would have been a waste to kill him off so early in the show. In the first half of the season you can see that they are seting up Ragnar's death with Lagertha's pregnacy (so Ragnar will have sons to avenge him), the introduction of Aella's snakepit and Ragnar comment about pigs (seting up his "Facing the Bullets" One-Liner).
    • The script for the first episode of season one features a number of things that didn't make it into the cut such as Sinric appearing and telling Ragnar of England.
    • Aslaug's death was originally supposed to play very differently, as Aslaug was supposed to put on armor and fight Lagertha herself. However Alyssa Sutherland objected that this would be wildly inconsistent with the character's portrayal up to that point and the scene was changed. An allusion to the original idea still appears in the filmed scene when Aslaug says that if she were the warrior her mother and father were, Lagertha would already be dead.
    • There was going to be at least one episode devoted to Heahmund's backstory and what led him to become a priest in Season Five. These plans appear to have been jettisoned when the actor left the show due to personal reasons.
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