Here’s my (unfortunately) non-spoiler review of the first four episodes:
- New opening credits
I LOVE the opening credits already for Vikings, so at first I was worried they would mess it all up. Mostly, they haven’t. Thank god! The start of the Vikings opening credits have certainly been enhanced by the addition of spliced in images in vibrant colours. however, to be honest, I think they over did it at the end.
This seems to be the overall story arc for season 4 of Vikings, if the first four episodes are anything to go by. It is a common theme that has worked well through previous seasons and this one is no exception. Expect betrayal to come from all angles.
- The main characters
Ragnar: It has been no great secret that Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) survives into season 4 of Vikings. However, the season starts with the viking king still very sick. He will become well enough to be captivated by the new oriental slave Aslaug (Alyssa Sutherland) brought as a distraction for him (because their relationship is as cold as the winter they are currently bunking through). Yidu is her name (pronounced “Ee-do”) and she is played by Dianne Doan.
BONUS: Watch out for a hilarious scene involving Ragnar and Yidu getting stoned.
Aslaug: She is determined to keep her husband on the viking path and has no sympathy for Christians or exceptions to the rules.
Lagertha: Remember how I was talking about betrayal? Yeah, Lagertha just might be in a whole shitload of it…
Bjorn: He heads off into the wilderness to “find himself”. Instead, he finds a bear. It gets ugly.
Rollo: The relationship between Rollo (Clive Standen) and his promised wife-to-be, Gisla (Morgaine Polanski) is my new fave thing in season 4 of Vikings. Mostly I have just hated the crap out of Rollo, but season 4 sees me sympathising with him on one level while still despising him on another. Oh, and those memes about Rollo and L’oreal, Paris? Totally look out for a new hairdo involving Rollo that will make those memes even funnier 😉Floki: Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard) is in a whole new level of uh-oh thanks to the fact he killed Ragnar’s bestie, Athelstan (George Blagden), in season 3. The consequences of his actions will be explored in season 4 of Vikings.
King Ecbert: He is still weaving with kings and queens to create a quilt entirely designed to keep himself warm.
Queen Kwenthrith: My fave queen is still her ever vivacious self – even though she is in danger at the very start of season 4 of Vikings.
King Harald Finehair (Peter Franzén): You will have to wait a little for the arrival of King Finehair, but it is so worth it.
Halfdan the Black (Jasper Pääkkönen): Apparently you will have to wait even longer beofre Finehair’s brother, Halfdan makes an appearance… but at least History Channel released a picture of him:
- Blasts from the past
There will be the unexpected mention of a character from season 3 as well as the appearance of a dead character.
- Season 4 is the year of the snake
We have seen snakes in some of the season 4 trailers for Vikings. And, for fans who have read the viking sagas, there is the knowledge that snakes mean a lot when it comes to the death of Ragnar Lothbrok. My prediction as a result of all the snake imagery along with the reappearance of King Aelle (Ivan Kaye) is that poor Ragnar will not live to see the season 4 finale of Vikings 😦
- Women’s lib comes to Vikings
Besides the theme of betrayal, the other biggie for season 4 of Vikings appears to be the push for female empowerment.
Vikings returns with an extended season 4 to History Channel on Thursday, February 18, at 10 p.m. ET.
[Image credits: A&E Network]