Vikings is having a moment. Season one of History’s series became the #1 new cable series of the year. A massive Viking’s Interactive Waterway at San Diego Comic Con let face ships on the water. The show’s panel brought in a room full of ravenous fans, many in Vikings costumes or gear. Then attendees were rewarded with a special sneak peak at the highly anticipated season two of the historical drama.
Will Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard) survive? Skarsgard hinted that Floki may pop up in the second episode too but wouldn’t say anything further. But one thing we know for sure, this is not the same band of warriors we met last season.
The season one finale signaled a distinct change for Ragnar (Travis Fimmel), his family and his Vikings. Rollo (Clive Standen), switched his allegiance to Jarl Borg over Ragnar, pitting him directly against his brother, who continues to represent King Horrik. Back at home, Ragnar’s wife, Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick), saw their daughter succumb to the deadly plague that wiped out most of the village. While his village mourns, Ragnar is tearing his family apart even further by beginning an affair with the sultry Princess Aslaug (Alyssa Sutherland), who now believes she is carrying his son.
The conflict between the brothers will remain a focal point in season two. “I don’t think they’re relationship will ever be the same,” Fimmel said. Fans will certainly be hoping for more big showdowns like the one in the clip between the two warriors. This may have to happen quickly as the series is planning a time jump within the first few episodes. Creator and writer Michael Hirst assured panel attendees that season one cliffhangers will be addressed prior to the fast forward.
We will also see Lagertha and Siggy (Jessalyn Gilsig) grow closer together over their shared grief for their children. Both actresses see their characters as great representations of strong, courageous women. Lagertha especially has shown herself to be a fierce shieldmadien. How will she react when she learns of Ragnar’s new mistress? Winnick isn’t spilling any secrets but a famed fighter like Lagertha isn’t going to take the news easily.
Joining the cast for season two are Alexander Ludwig as Ragnar’s now grown-up son, Bjorn ,and Linus Roach as Ecbert, King of Wessex. The 10-episode second season of Vikings returns in 2014.