Originally Posted by shivaji
A great season opener. So well done. one of the best shows on right now. Great characters, beautiful visually, strong acting. The way they dispatched the head priest, just a tad harsh. Crazy Vikings in action.
No way to know for sure but the writers may have got that from the Russian movie 'Andre Reblev' by Tarkovsky. Wild film, it was about a famous religious icon painter from way back when. There was a scene of some sort of marauders pillaging a church, witnessed by the title character, and they did that with one of the priests.
I still like it as well. I was wondering how they'll do without Ragnar/Fimmel and it won't be the same. Bjorn Ironsides is a nice young man but poor guy looks a bit goofy when he's trying to come across like a depraved Viking warrior.
Ivar is a handful all right, only sort of believable. Lagartha still excellent. Methinks the new Saxon priest/stud will be a force in the foreseeable future.
I too wondered about Harald's quick and seemingly easy escape, but then I also wonder how such a dysfunctional shrimp would be acclaimed king by even a small body of Norsemen.
Floki's discovery of Iceland not exactly like the historical Floki's discovery but oh man, THAT is some wild footage. What an adventure it would be to be among the first to visit that place, though one can only imagine that the innuit had already been there. I'll research that.