The first-ever scripted series on the History Channel, Vikings offers six seasons of all the blood and glory that any House of the Dragon or Game of Thrones fan can dream of. It follows in general terms the sagas of Ragnar Lothbrok, a legendary figure in Scandinavian poetry. Ragnar comes to life in Australian actor Travis Fimmel’s catchy, visceral performance. An outstanding character who would be right at home in Westeros, Ragnar is a scourge on the coasts of medieval England and France, raiding cities like Northumbria, Wessex and even Paris.
With no dragons, witchcraft, or undead to interrupt the story, Vikings paints a rich picture of betrayal and ruthlessness in its best episodes. In contrast to the phlegmatic and sometimes endless pace of Game of Thrones, Vikings uses numerous time jumps to great effect, eventually showing Ragnar’s sons attempting to take over his kingdom and live up to his legacy. If six seasons isn’t enough, it even has its own spin-off titled Vikings: Valhalla, set more than 100 years after the events of the first show. The spin-off follows the adventures of Leif Eriksson, a warrior and explorer from Greenland who is believed to have set foot in North America. 500 years to Christopher Columbus.