Can you hear that? It’s the sound of a band of large, bearded Norse warriors wreaking brutal havoc on your townspeople — and it’s coming to a TV near you this March.
History has just released the first trailer for “Vikings,” the cable network’s upcoming foray into scripted television.
Despite the drama’s oddly “Game of Thrones“-derivative catchphrase “A storm is coming,” the promo offers an intense glimpse inside the world History is attempting to recreate at the helm of writer and creator Michael Hirst of “The Tudors” fame.
The nine-episode series will portray the world of these Dark Age pagan raiders, traders and explorers as told from their point of view. At its center, “Vikings” follows the misadventures of Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel), who is described as a “curious, compelling man who is always looking to break through barriers and discover new worlds to conquer. A young farmer and family man, Ragnar is deeply frustrated by the unadventurous policies of his local chieftain, Earl Haraldson (Gabriel Byrne), who continues to send his Vikings raiders east every summer, to the Baltic states and Russia, whose populations are as materially poor as themselves.”
At Ragnar’s side is his jester companion Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard, brother of “True Blood” star Alexander Skarsgard), who assists Ragnar in building a fleet of faster, sleeker boats to help conquer great civilizations across the ocean.
Rounding out the cast are Katheryn Winnick as Lagertha, a fierce shield maiden and Ragnar’s wife; Jessalyn Gilsig as Siggy, Earl Haraldson’s beautiful wife; George Blagden as Athelstan, a young, innocent Christian monk captured by Ragnar on his first raid on England and Clive Standen as Rollo, Ragnar’s impulsive, wild, care-free brother.
“Vikings” premieres on Sunday, March 3 at 10/9c on History.