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VIKINGS 2

Get to Know the Character's of History's "VIKINGS" before the Premiere of Season 2

Feeling lost without your weekly supply of swords and shields? Need a little medieval marauding to get you through the winter? Fear not: the second season of HISTORY'sVikings is about to set sail. If you’ve fallen behind, here’s a character guide to help you catch up on your favorite Norse pagans. Don’t wait—the season 2 premiere launches on Thursday, February 27 at 10/9c, only on HISTORY.

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Ragnar Lothbrok: Australian model Travis Fimmel trades his barely-there briefs for fur pelts and a broadsword as Ragnar Lothbrok, the main character in this sweeping epic. Ragnar has his icy blue eyes set to the south and west—where his plunder-minded people have yet to explore. His adventures and success prove he has more brains than your typical Viking, and even his enemy, the Earl, recognizes his ambition and smarts. As Ragnar rises to lead his people, his legend starts to spread. It’s never that easy, of course: Temptation, in the form of a beautiful woman, sends Ragnar veering off course.

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Legertha Lothbrok: “Never fight unless the odds are in your favor—that is our way.” That is what Legertha Lothbrok said to her husband before he challenges, and defeats, the deceitful Earl. Legertha, played by the stunning Katheryn Winnick, is as fierce as she is faithful. But by the end of season 1, trouble is brewing for the shield maiden and her husband. She holds his heart and his respect, but will a beautiful stranger create a rift in their relationship?

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Bjorn Lothbrok: Bjorn (Nathan O’Toole) is the eldest son of Ragnar and Lagertha. At the tender age of 12, Bjorn is on the brink of manhood among the Viking tribe. The crossroads of man and child prove difficult for young Bjorn as he seeks his place, hoping to prove that he is man enough to join his father on raids. But maturity in his Viking world comes soon enough, and Bjorn seems immune to the violence around him. “It’s just death,” he comments when the monk Athelstan finds it difficult to watch an execution.

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Rollo: English actor Clive Standen puts his extensive training in martial arts and Muay Thai boxing to good use in his portrayal of Rollo, brother of Ragnar. Rollo is also hungry for the fame and fortune rumored to be found in the west, but his ambitions seem tainted. After Ragnar’s rise to leader of the tribe, Rollo asks, “How will we ever be equal now, my brother?” betraying a jealous streak that threatens to tear the family apart. A fearless fighter with a melancholy nature, Rollo sees Ragnar’s wife, children, and success as everything that he doesn’t have.

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Athelstan: Ragnar and his crew capture Athelstan (George Blagden), an Anglo-Saxon monk, during their first raid in England. Though devout at first, the monk’s faith wavers as he becomes more involved in the Viking way of life. Athelstan is surprised that, though dubbed a slave, Ragnar and his family treat him as a friend. The monk is forced to question his Christian faith as he feels an urge to become part of his new community. When given the choice between attending a pagan ritual sacrifice or staying home “to worship his own god,” Athelstan says he will gladly go with Ragnar.

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Floki: Six-foot-four Swedish actor Gustaf Skarsgard is captivatingly odd as Floki, the eccentric, antisocial mastermind behind the Viking’s game-changing ship. Don’t be fooled by his intense eye black and quirky personality—he’s prone to fits of shrill giggles—his passion for the art of boat building is only matched by his devotion to his friend Ragnar. There’s more to this character than meets the eye. But what that might turn out to be is anybody’s guess.

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Siggy: Jessalyn Gilsig, familiar from TV shows like “Glee” and “Friday Night Lights,” plays the Earl’s beautiful wife, Siggy. She is dutiful to her husband, showing her support in his efforts against Ragnar, but she’s not just arm candy. She keeps her own interests and those of her daughter high on her priority list, which doesn’t necessarily depend on her husband. Seen forming an alliance with Ragnar’s intense brother Rollo, Siggy shows an ability to forge her own path.

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