I know a lot of you have emailed me asking about my Vikings recap, and I’m very sorry for the delay. Let me start off my saying, that this was one of my favorite nights ever. Not only were a bunch of the MTF crew able to attend, but it was for a show that I love.
I just finished binge watching season 2 for the second time, and it was perfect because it primed me for the Vikings cast q and a. On the panel were Clive Standen, Katheryn Winnick, Jessalyn Gilsig, Gustaf Skarsgard, George Blagden, Donal Logue, and Alyssa Sutherland. Travis Fimmel sadly couldn’t make it due to filming.
The panel started out with a 20 minute recap to get everyone caught up to date and then the cast was introduced.
“Why the show connects with people is both obvious and mysterious, it’s obvious because even the word Vikings has a visceral appeal, and it’s also a family show, it’s about families. It’s about a guy, his wife, his children, his boss, his brother, it’s forever pertinent and in many ways like us.” Creator Michael Hirst says, “In another sense it’s mysterious, you never know when you sail these boats, what’s going to come back.”
One of the most striking thing about Vikings is the visuals which includes the amazing costumes! “Even putting on the Lagertha costume, I have a shield maiden costume made of chain mail and it weighs like 10 pounds.” Says Katheryn Winnick, “It really helps for me, and the other cast too I’m sure, you really transform and it’s a ritual on set everyday.”
“It was that thing, we come out in the morning, and there are hundreds of people who worked in the background, but we were a family. They were rowing the boats the whole time, you know you’re going out for 13 hours, and we’re in it together.” Donal Logue exclaimed, “There was a camaraderie between the cast, and the background. There is a huge battle in the beginning of season 2 and we just fought for days, and there’s this big guy, Martin and it’s like 4:30 p.m. and I was like how are you doing? And he’s like good, I haven’t eaten all day! I was like, I’ll get you an apple!”
Katheryn Winnick added “My character ends up becoming a shield maiden and Earl in season 2. I got an email from some of the background actors. They were taking the work so seriously, they asked me what training they need to be a shield maiden themselves.”
When talking about cast camaraderie and what they wanted in season 2, George Blagden mentioned that he had a request for Michael Hirst that he wanted to ride a horse. “I got my wish, there was as sequence in episode 7 where Athelstan gets to ride a mule. Nelly. There’s a saying that with equestrian animals you form a bond, and Nelly was my bond. Our director, wanted me to ride across this field. And Mules are known to be stubborn and Nelly wasn’t she just took off and all everyone could hear was Whoa Nelly Whoa, and we had to do the scene again because everyone was laughing so hard.”
“This world is Travis’ and he’s the most evil prankster.” Donal Loughe said.
“I based the character of Floki off of Travis Fimmel.” laughed Gustaf Skarsgard “I met him the first day and first day, and stole everything off of him. Travis is so far out in his pranks, there’s live chickens. If you really want to mess with Travis, all you have to do is say, ‘hey Travis how’s it going?’ if you’re super normal it freaks him out.”
When it came to asking what the casts favorite episode was, no one could really give a straight answer. They all loved the journey so much.
“Michael gives us such a gift and we’re able to talk about the character and where he sees them going.” Says Katheryn Winnick.
“Rollo starts the series as a formidable warrior and then very shortly after he can’t kill his brother and he’s ripped the relationship and it’s all Rollo’s decision. I’ve been married for 10 years and we had separated. We’re thankfully back together now, but you never really know what you’ve lost. It mirrored the relationship and he knows that his brother has his back. Clive Standen said. “I got into peak physical condition for the episode and I had to convey the changes in character with posture.”
“It is an ensemble in the truest sense, you’re just not an island with this show,” added Jessalyn Gilsig.
Shortly after the panel ended and we were able to hang out with the cast, and I may have fanboyed out and got ‘cough’ a few things signed. Can I just tell you, this cast is, on a whole, the sweetest, kindest group of people. They are just so sweet, and down to earth. At the bitter end of the party, the cast was still there as tables were being taken down, and the catering was removing trays. It’s so rare, and I know as a huge fan of the show, I feel blessed to have fallen in love with a show where the cast is so awesome and cool.
There was also a prop and costume display!
Check out the rest of the photos below and thanks to the cast and crew of Vikings for an amazing season 2 and just being awesome. If for some reason you haven’t seen Vikings, just stop and start with season one on blu-ray. Seriously, you’ll thank me!
Until next time kids…
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