The cast and crew of Vikings are hard at work filming season 2 of the hit History Channel show, but that didn’t stop them from coming to San Diego’s Comic-Con. Travis Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick, Clive Standen, George Blagden, Gustaf Skarsgard, Jessalyn Gilsig, show runner Michael Hirst and History executive VP Dirk Hoogstra were all in attendance.
The show follows the adventures of a young Viking warrior, Ragnar (Travis Fimmel). The season one finale, “All Change,” showed Ragnar go off to negotiate contested land, but betrayal ensues. Rollo (Clive Standen) seemed to be sick of being in Ragnar’s shadow and sides on the opposing side. While he is off away from his wife Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick), a deadly plague takes over his home, Kattegat, and leaves their daughter dead. On his trip, Ragnar met Aslaug (Alyssa Sutherland) who ultimately comes between Ragnar and Lagertha.
On Friday, Season two became the discussion of the comic-con panel. Season two will have a time jump, moving several years forward. However, since season one ended with many cliffhangers, show runner Michael Hirst claimed that “those need to be resolved,” beforehand.
According to Hirst, Season two will see religious war as one of the central battles. You will see a lot of the characters make big decisions and sacrifices concerning their lives and futures. “It gets bigger and better, the stakes get higher, the armies get bigger. We’re going to watch Ragnar Lothbrok’s continuous rise, which is not without huge issues around it. It’s going to be a great ride for everyone. I’m pushing all the characters as much as I can.”
Ragnar’s cheating then became a topic on the panel. Fimmel explained that his character is all about his legacy and wanting more kids, but clarifies that his infidelity was hard for Ragnar. Katheryn Winnick claimed that her character, Lagertha, will “kick some serious ass” when she finds out. This revelation tests her and you’ll see whether or not she became a weak or stronger person because of it.
Looks like Season two will see a lot of identities and relationships tested. Season two of the historical drama will release in 2014, but take a look at this preview as Ragnar’s forces battle Rollo’s.