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Season 1 of Vikings premiered on March 3, 2013 on History in Canada and in the United States and concluded on April 28, 2013, consisting of nine episodes. Below is a brief review of what happened in the first season of Vikings.


The series introduces us to the brutal and mysterious world of Ragnar Lothbrok, a Viking warrior and farmer who yearns to explore—and raid—the distant shores across the ocean. His ambition puts him at odds with local chieftain Earl Haraldson, who insists on sending his raiders to the impoverished east rather than the uncharted west. When Ragnar teams up with his boat builder friend Floki to craft a new generation of intrepid ships capable of conquering the rough northern seas, the stage is set for conflict.

But for all its warfare and bloodshed, Vikings is also a story of family and brotherhood, capturing the love and affection between Ragnar and his wife, Lagertha, a fierce shield-maiden. It is the tale of Ragnar's brother Rollo, a fierce fighter who simmers with jealously; of Earl Haraldson's wife Siggy, a dutiful beauty who may be less than loyal; and of the monk Athelstan, whose Christian morals clash with the Vikings’ pagan society. As ambition and innovation rattle a civilization, these characters will be put to the test—and their way of life will never be the same again.


Main Cast

Recurring Cast



Executive Producers:

  • Morgan O'Sullivan
  • Sheila Hockin
  • Sherry Marsh
  • Alan Gasmer
  • James Flynn
  • John Weber
  • Michael Hirst


  • Keith Thompson
  • Steve Wakefield
  • Bill Goddard: Co-producer
  • Séamus McInerney: Co-producer

Production Team

  • John Bartley: Director of Photography
  • PJ Dillion: Second Unit Director of Photography
  • Tom Conroy: Production Designer
  • John Bartley: Cinematographer
  • Aaron Marshall: Film Editor (Episodes 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9)
  • Michele Conroy: Film Editor (Episodes 2, 4, 6, and 8)
  • Trevor Morris: Composer
  • Julian Parry: Visual Effects Supervisor
  • Dominic Remane: Visual Effects Supervisor
  • Joan Bergin: Costume Designer
  • Frank Moiselle: Casting Director
  • Nuala Moiselle: Casting Director
  • Franklin Henson: Stunt Action Designer
  • Richard Ryan: Stunt Action Designer
  • Raymond Kirk: First Assistant Director
  • Oskar von Unge: adr recordist
  • Justin Pollard: Historical Consultant
  • Wei Gao: Rotoscope and Paint Artist
  • Ida Eriksson: Hair Stylist


Episode Guide

See also: Episodes
# Image Title Airdate
01 1x01 Rites of Passage March 3, 2013
Our story begins in 8th century Scandinavia with Ragnar Lothbrok, a warrior and a farmer who has been working in secret on a project that will turn the Viking world on its head. But first, Ragnar must convince the leader of his community, the powerful Earl Haraldson, who is none too happy to share in the renown that this journey could bring to Ragnar if it's successful.
02 1x02 Wrath of the Northmen March 10, 2013
The stage is set for the first journey west by Ragnar Lothbrok as he gathers a crew willing to risk their lives to travel into the unknown. Earl Haraldson's paranoia reaches new heights as it becomes apparent that trust is hard to come by in this dark era.
03 1x03 Dispossessed March 17, 2013
Unable to ignore the riches Ragnar's unsanctioned journey has returned with, Earl Haraldson has no choice but to agree to let these warriors undertake a second trip out. The west has now been opened for the taking by Ragnar Lothbrok and the world of the Vikings will never be the same.
04 1x04 Trial March 24, 2013
The Vikings head back to England to see what other treasures this new world has to offer. This go round Ragnar and his crew sail out with Earl Haraldson's permission….and also with Earl Haraldson's spy.
05 1x05 Raid March 31, 2013
In the Great Hall of Kattegat, a seer reads Earl Haraldson's future and tells him that Ragnar Lothbrok searches for his death. The unanswerable question is whom do the gods favor more?
06 1x06 Burial of the Dead April 7, 2013
Ragnar, weak and still hurt, must meet the Earl head-on after it comes to light that Rollo has been tortured on Haraldson's orders. The two men will come together face to face with a single outcome possible: Only one man will leave this fight alive.
07 1x07 A King's Ransom April 14, 2013
Three Viking ships sail upriver towards the very heart of power in eastern England: the Royal Villa of King Aelle. Ragnar Lothbrok has come looking for ransom in exchange for peace. However, King Aelle has a different plan in mind for these northern heathens.
08 1x08 Sacrifice April 21, 2013
The traditional pilgrimage to Uppsala to thank the gods brings a torrent of emotions for Ragnar, Lagertha, and Athelstan.
09 1x09 All Change April 28, 2013
At the behest of King Horik, Ragnar assembles a small party to travel to Gotaland (modern day Sweden) to resolve a land dispute with the area's leader, Jarl Borg. Ragnar's renown precedes him and Jarl Borg is intrigued – has he found a new ally or is Ragnar just a puppet of the king? Meanwhile in Kattegat, with a plague taking its toll on the village, the people look to Lagertha to help appease the gods.



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