Play Now Vikings Season 1 Episode 1 “Rites of Passage”
Ragnar and his brother, Rollo, return from a battle in the Baltic lands during which Ragnar has visions of the god Odin and his valkyries. Home again, Ragnar takes his son Bjorn to Kattegat, for Bjorn’s rite of passage. Left at home, Ragnar’s wife Lagertha quickly dispatches two would-be rapists. While in Kattegat, Ragnar convinces Rollo that raids to the West are worthwhile and possible, thanks to new navigational tools, but is rebuked by his ruler, Earl Haraldson, who continues to order raids into the Baltic; but, also has the upstart, Ragnar, watched. Bjorn and Ragnar visit Floki, Ragnar’s friend and a gifted shipwright, who has been secretly building a new type of longship, which they successfully test. Meanwhile, back at home, Rollo makes unwelcome advances on Lagertha. Ragnar has yet another vision of Odin, standing on the shoreline. This convinces Ragnar to finally move on with his plan.
Ragnar goes on a trip of initiation with his son. Meanwhile, he thinks he has finally found a way to sail ships to the west. However, his beliefs are seen as insane so he chooses to go against the law.
Creators: Michael Hirst
Director: Johan Renck
Star Cast: Katheryn Winnick, Alexander Ludwig, Gustaf Skarsgård, Jessalyn Gilsig, Travis Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick, Clive Standen, Gustaf Skarsgård, Gabriel Byrne, George Blagden, Donal Logue, Alyssa Sutherland
Producer (s): Keith Thompson, Steve Wakefield
Cinematographer: John S. Bartley
Music: Trevor Morris
Production House: World 2000 Entertainment, Take 5 Productions, Shaw Media, Corus Entertainment, MGM Television, History Channel, Screen Ireland
Original network / Official Sites: History Channel
Release Year: 3 March 2013 (USA)
Runtime: 45 min
Genres: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: Ireland, Canada
Language: French, Arabic, Greek, Ancient, English, Old English, Norse, Latin