November 5, 2014

Vikings + Other TV Shows

"When are the new episodes of Game of Thrones coming?" is a question I get asked frequently after the final episode in a year ends. Why, the same as any other TV show - a year later. 

One show I've been watching in Thrones' off-season is Vikings on History Channel. Do not dismiss it as Game of Thrones lite, or copying Game of Thrones, or any of that. Both shows are similar, and different, to one another.

For one thing, even though Vikings has the odd time-jump now and then, the plot is a lot more streamlined than Thrones'. The focus of the story is much more simple, yet it is equally brilliant. 

The sex and violence is more light, but that does not mean these Northerners (the word 'viking' is never said on the show) are any less soft. 

I am not offering Vikings as a series to replace Game of Thrones (far from it), merely saying that when Game of Thrones doesn't have new episodes, you should be checking out Vikings. I did, and I am looking forward to the 2015 episodes.

The adventures of Ragnar Lothbrok: the greatest hero of his age. The series tells the saga of Ragnar's band of Viking brothers and his family as he rises to become King of the Viking tribes. As well as being a fearless warrior, Ragnar embodies the Norse traditions of devotion to the gods.

Speaking of TV shows, I am up to date on Homeland (according to Netflix, which only has the first two seasons uploaded), am currently on Hell on Wheels season 3 (the 'current' season on Netflix), I need to watch season 2 and onwards of Downton Abbey, and I've added Rectify, Longmire, and The Killing to my Netflix list. Up to date on Game of Thrones, Sherlock, Mad Men, and House of Cards

Oh, and Game of Thrones Season Four Blu-ray will be out in February, and Season Five has no official start date for the new episodes in 2015; but I'm going to guess as early as March 29, or the more likely April 5th. 

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