Clive Standen, Alexander Ludwig and Travis Fimmel
Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) and Rollo (Clive Standen) might be reunited, but we wish it was under happier circumstances. The Vikings brothers have united against an even bigger enemy than each other: Jarl Borg (Thorbjorn Harr), their former ally who's taken over Kattegat as revenge. But will Ragnar and Rollo be able to work together again after all that's happened?
[WARNING: The following contains major spoilers from Thursday's episode of Vikings. Read at your own risk.]
Vikings is no stranger to violence, but what happened to Athelstan this week was almost too painful to watch.
The former monk-turned-Viking warrior was captured by the Anglo-Saxons and, in a cruel twist of fate, strung up and crucified wearing a crown of thorns. George Blagden spoke to TVGuide.com about filming the excruciating ordeal, what's next for Athelstan and more.
Vikings will jump ahead four years on Thursday's episode following the events of the season premiere, which saw the Lothbrok family torn apart. Unfortunately for poor, disgraced Rollo, his situation hasn't improved much since surrendering in battle and returning home an outcast.
"He's a broken man. He hates himself. He wants to leave and it's Siggy [Jessalyn Gilsig] who comes to his salvation," Clive Standen tells TVGuide.com.
Julianne Nicholson and Martin Henderson
The road of great expectations invariably contains its share of potholes. So it is with SundanceTV's The Red Road (Thursday, 9/8c), a lugubrious six-episode drama that's as overwrought as it is underwhelming, representing a rare misfire for the channel that brought us such outstanding originals as Top of the Lake and Rectify last year.
Travis Fimmel, Jefferson Hall
"One must always think the worst, even of your own kin," advises wise boat builder Floki (Gustaf Skarsgård) in the opening moments of Vikings' Season 2 premiere. It's a warning Norse leader Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel) must heed when his army faces off against that of his brother Rollo (Clive Standen) in a violent melee that has the 8th-century warriors fighting for their lives.
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Travis Fimmel and Clive Standen
Vikings' first season saw Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) claw his way up from farmer to Earl, but the History Channel series was only getting started. "I'm amazed by Season 2. So much happens and it moves at such a pace. It's like blink and you'll miss it," Clive Standen, who plays Ragnar's brother Rollo, tells TVGuide.com.
When Vikings returns Thursday (10/9c), Ragnar will find everything he's worked for threatened by his brother's betrayal, new enemies in England and even his own ego. Standen and Katheryn Winnick, who plays Lagertha, break down exactly what viewers can expect from Vikings' anticipated second season.
Hayden Panetierre, Connie Britton
Summer is here and school is out! But like any good teacher, we have assigned some homework. (Don't worry, the beach will still be there tomorrow.)
With more great TV than ever available in so many different places, it's easy to miss a show or two. Below, we've hand-picked a dozen that you might not have noticed or simply didn't have the time for during the regular TV season. But they deserve your attention. Behold the 12 shows you should catch up on this summer:
A Viking raider caps off a growled command at his men by driving his ax into the ground. Hard. Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel) is as strong as the steel blade — and just as lethal. He's a Norse legend brought to life in Vikings, History's first scripted series. "Ragnar is very ambitious," says Fimmel on set in Ireland, near the famous Powerscourt waterfall. "He starts out as a farmer, but it's not enough for him. He seeks adventure, knowledge and fame."
And to get it, he's gonna need a better boat. Ragnar secretly commissions the creation of a lighter, faster version of...