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NFT: Vikings season 5 part II - possible spoilers (the show)

pjcas18 : 2/6/2019 2:44 pm
Did anyone watch? If so, what were your thoughts?

Season 6, a 20 episode season (probably split like season 5 IMO), has already been green lit and it will be the final season.

I really liked this season. I thought the show would fall apart with Ragnar, but it really hasn't. Man, the guy who plays Ivar really nails it.

and next season, they introduce Oleg of Novgorod, a Viking raider who ruled eastern European places like Belarus, Russia, and the Ukraine.

Set up for a great finale.
I still like the show...  
BamaBlue : 2/6/2019 2:52 pm : link
but it has gotten predictable. They seem to have squeezed all the juice out of he current characters and the 'war between the Sons of Ragnar' has gotten old. I don't understand the Floki group... that story line was never compelling.

The one character that had me scratching my head was the 'other brother'. The Saxon guy who claimed to be the Son of Ragnar. In the end, it really didn't matter, because he bought the farm in the battle of Kattegat...
I should have said that too  
pjcas18 : 2/6/2019 3:02 pm : link
I hated the Floki story, to me it was just to lower production costs - though the scenery was cool. the battle scenes are so expensive, Game of Thrones has the same issue, and they probably need a diversion.

I have no interest in the Floki story.

I thought the Saxon son of ragnar was a fraud trying to get close to the Vikings, but turns out he probably was a son of Ragnar (though I doubt we ever know for sure) - not a great plot.

I think the Bjorn story is a good one, he was always supposed to surpass Ragnar in terms of fame and legend - he and his bloodline became kings of Sweden.

Just didn't think they had to take 20 episodes to get there.

the show also doesn't include all the sons of Ragnar, he supposedly had 6 or 7 sons.
Iím skimming since I still need to catch up  
UConn4523 : 2/6/2019 3:14 pm : link
but Iíve lost interest since this season came back. I watched the premier back in November and it was pretty boring. Will get to the rest eventually but the show looks to have run itís course. I hope Iím wrong and it ends with a bang.
pjcas18 : 2/6/2019 3:18 pm : link
not the same level of quality of the first few seasons, but when you compare later seasons of shows, Vikings is much better than most for what was really a 6th season.
Here is a video that previews season 6  
porkman : 2/6/2019 3:18 pm : link

This is a pretty good look at the final season, with some thought into the direction of the show.
Vikings Season 6 PREVIEW/TRAILER Breakdown - ( New Window )
RE: Here is a video that previews season 6  
pjcas18 : 2/6/2019 3:28 pm : link
In comment 14289140 porkman said:

This is a pretty good look at the final season, with some thought into the direction of the show. Vikings Season 6 PREVIEW/TRAILER Breakdown - ( New Window )

this is awesome, thanks.
I guess that answers my questions about how they integrate Oleg of Novgorod. He's the one who allies with Ivar I guess.
I didn't care for the second half of season 5  
RasputinPrime : 2/6/2019 5:35 pm : link
I thought it jumped around way too much and the characters, in the last episode in particular, apparently have teleporters.

I hope the last season will do the series justice.
Vikings is a good show  
NYdeuce : 2/6/2019 6:20 pm : link
that has been in decline IMO. I finished season 2 and 3 of The Last Kingdom while waiting for Vikings to return, and found the quality of Vikings was lacking in comparison. For those who liked Vikings, Iíd recommend The Last Kingdom without hesitation.
It's funny because  
pjcas18 : 2/6/2019 6:34 pm : link
I read the Saxon Stories books and then saw the Last Kingdom (which is based on the Saxon Stories) and I did not like seasons 1 and 2. Maybe because of my expectations from the books.

Uhtred of Bebbanburg is my favorite book protagonist (and also one of the few completely made up characters since the story is historical fiction) and it's my favorite book series outside of Game of Thrones.

I thought season 3 done by Netflix was MUCH better than seasons 1 and 2 done by BBC.

Can't wait for season 4.

So it's sort of the opposite for me compared with Vikings where one series is getting better while the other getting worse, but Seasons 1 and 2 of Last Kingdom I did not like as much as any season of Vikings but that's maybe because I read the Last Kingdom books and sometimes that's more of a bad thing than a good thing.
Bill2 : 2/6/2019 7:03 pm : link
I had the same reactions as you had pjcas.

I don't like much historical fiction but Bernard Cornwall takes the cake imho
Bill2 : 2/6/2019 7:08 pm : link
Agree on the Floki story line.

But so far no Vikings in Ireland (they were there in force)and I don't see how they have time to touch on Eric the Red or Leif Ericson or show a scene of the long boat approaching L'Anse Aux Meadows.
RE: .  
pjcas18 : 2/6/2019 7:19 pm : link
In comment 14289321 Bill2 said:
I had the same reactions as you had pjcas.

I don't like much historical fiction but Bernard Cornwall takes the cake imho

Thanks Bill, I think you are the one who suggested I might like Cornwell and the Saxon Stories.

You were right. I liked them so much I read the Warlord Chronicles too. Only three books and took maybe a couple weekends, but they were really good. They are from Arthur era Britain and include many of the characters known in other Arthur stories (Merlin, Guinivere, Lancelot, Galahad, etc.)

I'm working my way through some of his other stuff.

Thanks again.
It's getting a little long in the tooth.  
steve in ky : 2/6/2019 7:24 pm : link
IMO They could do a better job edited a lot of what they aired into less episodes.
My favorite shows!  
Pete from Woodstock : 2/7/2019 6:36 am : link
Vikings and the Last Kingdom. Love that kind of stuff
Can not wait for Thrones!
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