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17 Reasons To Watch Vikings

In case you have not already grasped the magnificence.

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1. It's easy to follow.

When I say "easy to follow", I DO NOT mean "boring". I mean that other shows can get REALLY confusing with an overwhelming number of characters and plot lines. If you get attached to a particular character in Vikings, you have a water-tight guarantee that you'll see more than thirty seconds of them each episode.

When I say "easy to follow", I DO NOT mean "boring". I mean that other shows can get REALLY confusing with an overwhelming number of characters and plot lines. If you get attached to a particular character in Vikings, you have a water-tight guarantee that you'll see more than thirty seconds of them each episode.

2. Badass fight scenes.

It's not all broadswords and shields, but also axes and spears and whatever else they feel like using to pummel each other.

It's not all broadswords and shields, but also axes and spears and whatever else they feel like using to pummel each other.

3. Religious conflict.

The guy on the left? He is a viking seer - pretty much the wise old medicine man and line to the Norse gods. The guy on the right is an enslaved Christian... for now.

The guy on the left? He is a viking seer - pretty much the wise old medicine man and line to the Norse gods.

The guy on the right is an enslaved Christian... for now.

4. Sibling rivalry.

Ragnar and Rollo started off as devoted brothers - it didn't last very long.

Ragnar and Rollo started off as devoted brothers - it didn't last very long.

5. Powerful women.

Here, "powerful woman" means much more than "not a damsel in distress"...

Here, "powerful woman" means much more than "not a damsel in distress"...

6. No. Really.

Lagertha is the sort of leading lady who isn't afraid to pick up a sword and cause some serious damage.

Lagertha is the sort of leading lady who isn't afraid to pick up a sword and cause some serious damage.

7. This guy is the coolest nutcase you'll ever see on television.

Floki makes boats and laughs while the world burns.

Floki makes boats and laughs while the world burns.

8. Aside from tough, Ragnar is clever.

It may not always seem like it, but our beloved main character can be pretty tricky when he wants to be.

It may not always seem like it, but our beloved main character can be pretty tricky when he wants to be.

9. His brother's not bad either.

10. Did I mention how great this gal is?

Because she is.

Because she is.

11. The History Channel does not over-glorify or glamorize viking warfare.

Slaves captured, villages terrorized, houses burned, limbs slashed... as cool as they are, the viewer never forgets that these are the sort of people who will rip your head off without thinking twice.

Slaves captured, villages terrorized, houses burned, limbs slashed... as cool as they are, the viewer never forgets that these are the sort of people who will rip your head off without thinking twice.

12. Love.

I'm a sucker for a good power-couple.

I'm a sucker for a good power-couple.

13. Flirtation.

Because ever power-couple has their issues...

Because ever power-couple has their issues...

14. Transformation.

Good Christian to Viking warrior - I'm sold.

Good Christian to Viking warrior - I'm sold.

15. It provides a more involved look at Norse religion.

Not an episode goes by without references to Odin and Thor - one gets a much better idea of how these people were spiritual.

Not an episode goes by without references to Odin and Thor - one gets a much better idea of how these people were spiritual.

17. Why wouldn't you give it a look?

Floki is confused.

Floki is confused.

The second season of Vikings premieres this Thursday (Thor's Day!), February 27th on the History Channel.

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