The freshman season of Vikings was a marauding success for History, with the historical drama emerging as the No. 1 new cable series of the year and scoring three Emmy noms yesterday. Now there’s a trailer for Season 2, which debuted at Comic-Con today. “More armies, more Viking ships” — that was Vikings creator Michael Hirst’s biggest promise to the crowd at Comic-Con and that’s exactly what the teaser trailer delivered (watch it after the jump), showing Norse crusader Ragnar Lothbrok’s vast army clashing with their foes on a bloody beach, Troy-like style. Many of the actors present, most of them bearded and long-haired, followed Hirst’s cue, in keeping details about Season 2 close to the vest. Audiences will learn more about Ragnar’s sons, in particular Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig), and of course Ragnar’s wife Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) will ultimately learn of her husband’s extramarital affair.
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“As Americans, you like to say that family comes first,” Hirst told Room 6a, “The same can be said of the Vikings. Ragnar bred a lot of sons who became famous in their own turn. When he died, they finally declared war on the whole world.” Hinted Winnick: “Her relationship with Bjorn and Ragnar is tested. We learn that our son is older and it’s interesting to see if she is stronger or weaker in that situation.”As far as the rumors about the series jumping ahead in its historical timeline, Hirst hinted that he’s not leaping too far into the future given the cliffhangers left in Episode 9 which “need resolution before we go ahead.”
The panel also included actors Travis Fimmel (Ragnar Lothbrok), Clive Standen (Rollo), Jessalyn Gilsig (Siggy Haraldson), Gustaf Skarsgard (Floki) and George Blagden (Anthelstan). Sitting alongside them was History’s EVP Development and Programming Dirk Hoogstra, who expressed his amazement by the passion of Vikings’ fans, who debate history and post fan art online.