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Vikings

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Does anyone here watch the Vikings tv series? It's my favorite series right now. My favorite character is Lagertha, but I'm really excited that they introduced Harald in the newest season, I hope he will be in the next one as well because he seems very interesting. :) 

 

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I tried once but didn't like the first episode, does it get better? (I really hate random, nonsensical sex scenes)

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This has been on my "to watch" list forever, but I haven't run into people that have watched it. . .

Does it tend to be extremely well historically based or does it lend itself more to fantasy? Either way I am still interested but I'd like to know before I go in wanting an adventure and finding it dry or wanting something more clever and informative and all of a sudden JESUS CHRIST WHAT IS THIS DRAGON DOING HERE?!!? 

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This has been on my "to watch" list forever, but I haven't run into people that have watched it. . .

Does it tend to be extremely well historically based or does it lend itself more to fantasy? Either way I am still interested but I'd like to know before I go in wanting an adventure and finding it dry or wanting something more clever and informative and all of a sudden JESUS CHRIST WHAT IS THIS DRAGON DOING HERE?!!? 

I tried once but didn't like the first episode, does it get better? (I really hate random, nonsensical sex scenes)

 

Watch it. I started the first season a couple of years ago, but didn't finish it because it was a bit slow. A year or so ago it decided to finish it and HOLY SHIT. The first season is a lot of "these are the character, they live in this place" and that kind of thing, but from the second season and on, it's really really good. Furthermore, Travis Fimmel (Ragnar Lothbrok, the main character) is so talented, and the female characters are amazing, they aren't there just for the sex scenes (like a lot of other "historical" tv shows...).

Idk how historical accurate it is (i don't know much about vikings history), but I haven't heard anyone complain about something really important being made up just for the sake of viewers, so it's probably historical accurate? It does have a mix of reality and some fantasy (like the seer), but it's always really credible. 

Definitely one of my favorite tv shows, 10/10 would recommend.

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I studied viking and celtic history and I think it's pretty good, it has good characters and good writing. Once you get to season 2 it gets pretty intense, the acting is great and the battle scenes are phenomenally well-done.

As for historical accuracy it's decently accurate, it sums a lot of stuff up but that's kinda necessary for TV, it definitely caters to the viewers and adds or leaves things out here and there to make it more watchable. Only thing I don't like is it paints history with a feminist brush and makes it seem like shieldmaidens were a common thing, which they absolutely were NOT. But other than that I really like it, it's entertaining and does a good job of realistically portraying what Viking life might have been like. As far as most history TV shows go it's definitely one of the more accurate ones. 

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I tried once but didn't like the first episode, does it get better? (I really hate random, nonsensical sex scenes)

 

I must say, that I think the first season actually is the worst of all seasons, it's not bad, but I think it's the most boring one. But I think it's meant to slowly build up the characters. I too found some of the sex scenes really unnecessary and some quite uncomfortable, but in the later seasons there were not so much. I really recommend, when I started the second season it I got really in to it. ^_^

Veevee put it very well. The characters are what makes the show most interesting to me, it is historically pretty accurate, but there are some things changed to appeal to the viewers. Also there are a few characters that did not exist in the Norse mythology-stories - such as Harald having a brother... :D  

Thank you guys for the replies, I'm happy others like it too!  

 

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Thanks! Can you tell me how much boobage and random sex scenes there are on a scale from 1 to Game of Thrones? lol Seriously, I'm not a prude but GoT (the show not book) throws in the most unnecessary sex and nude scenes ever and I roll my eyes so hard and just gave up on season 5. If it's relevant to the show, I don't mind at all. It's just the fanservice stuff that ruins it for me.

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Thanks! Can you tell me how much boobage and random sex scenes there are on a scale from 1 to Game of Thrones? lol Seriously, I'm not a prude but GoT (the show not book) throws in the most unnecessary sex and nude scenes ever and I roll my eyes so hard and just gave up on season 5. If it's relevant to the show, I don't mind at all. It's just the fanservice stuff that ruins it for me.

 

I don't watch GOT, but: boobage is zero, not a single nsfw body part is shown ; the sex scene are pretty quick, not to explicit, except for the occasional norse orgy (because religion lol) and some random yet relevant hook ups. 

 

 

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Thanks! Can you tell me how much boobage and random sex scenes there are on a scale from 1 to Game of Thrones? lol Seriously, I'm not a prude but GoT (the show not book) throws in the most unnecessary sex and nude scenes ever and I roll my eyes so hard and just gave up on season 5. If it's relevant to the show, I don't mind at all. It's just the fanservice stuff that ruins it for me.

Pretty much like bianca8 said :) 
But I do recall some boobage, not much at all, maybe for a few minutes combined in all 4 seasons. A few sex scenes are pretty irrelevant in Vikings, such as a few rape scenes/attempts (there to just remind viewers how brutal the Vikings were...), but most are story related and very brief. So compared to GoT, well Viking's got nothing on GoT nudity, lol. 
 
Though I have read that in some countries the boobage/butts have been censored completely - not sure though. :) 
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I'm glad at least the sex scenes back up the story line or are plot relevant. If I want to watch sex scenes I will watch porn, but while trying to enjoy a television show with family or friends it's really awkward. It's like the entire room falls silent and I have to make an excuse to go fix popcorn because I can't handle the awkwardness in the room.

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Only thing I don't like is it paints history with a feminist brush and makes it seem like shieldmaidens were a common thing, which they absolutely were NOT.

I don't think thats the case at all.. Lagertha in particular is based on a legend, so is Ragnar. In that legend Lagertha was indeed a shieldmaiden and theres several sagas that talk about female warriors of that time. But nobody knows for sure if that actually existed so we can't go ahead and say they absolutely didn't.. Just like we don't know what Ragnar's actual life was like or if he even existed. This is all based on old norse poetry and sagas and i don't think it has to do with feminism. I'm Norwegian so i know a lot about viking history too.

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We're pretty sure shieldmaidens existed. Viking culture obviously didn't have any written texts of their own so evidence comes from legends, little pieces of art/jewelry, graves of female warriors, or outsider sources that documented female warriors in battle. In Viking culture, free women were pretty equal to men - divorce, owning land, etc so it's wouldn't be strange that they would fight too, especially in a culture that religiously centers itself around the glory of battle and everyone needs to be strong to survive the harsh conditions of their own land.

 

Here's a small History clip of it : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBqlFrefo50 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shieldmaiden#cite_note-Harrison-6

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