History’s premiering their new scripted series Vikings on March 3, 2013 at 10pm and even though we’re still months away from its debut, History’s giving audiences a taste of what’s in store with this new trailer. Created and written by Michael Hirst, the nine part series stars Travis Fimmel, Gabriel Byrne, Jessalyn Gilsig, Gustaf Skarsgard, Clive Standen, Katheryn Winnick and George Blagden and features “the world of these Dark Age raiders, traders, explorers – not from an outsider’s view, but, through the eyes of Viking society.”
While Vikings is filled with conflict, warfare and bloodshed – for these were extreme times – it is a family saga at heart. It follows the adventures of Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel), 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.
Vikings will chart Ragnar’s ambitions to discover civilizations across the great ocean to the west as well as his inevitable conflicts along the way. With the help of his jester friend Floki, (Gustaf Skarsgard), they build a new generation of boats – faster, sleeker and more beautifully crafted than anything else on the sea.
Watch the trailer: