Followers of the show will know that Greg and I have been very fond of a couple of these shows for a long time. Contrary to popular belief we actually watched The Last Kingdom first, and then Vikings came later. Vikings was however, the one that Greg loves the most and even has a tattoo on his arm to represent it.
For me The Last Kingdom comes out on top (and if you missed my review of the book we are giving away today you can check it out here.) Greg will say it's just because of Uhtred, and whilst he IS a nice bonus, there is so much more to the show. The series for me is complete with the 5 seasons. I would have been totally happy if they ended it there - but there is a movie coming. We will see if they manage not to ruin it.
Vikings was slow to start but then got really interesting, but finally lost the plot completely towards the end ...... and then Vikings Valhalla is really fast paced. Greg really enjoyed that one, although I think story was sacrificed for the sake of fighting and moving things along. That being said, we will be watching season 2 when it comes out. (As a note Greg said episode one is like Vampire Diaries made a Vikings show because it was a super well lit flashback - but that feeling does ease off).
Of the three, if you like historical action, or are interested in the Vikings, there should be one that you can enjoy.
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I’ve always been interested in Viking lore. Down from what they wore, to how they conducted themselves and what they believed, though I didn’t agree with the other aspects of Viking life. I also found myself immersed in stories about Vikings including books, but this article is about those Viking TV shows.
With "Vikings" I didn’t like Ragnar so I stopped watching, well at least until he was no longer there. I do however though love "Vikings Valhalla", and thanks to Mels "Last Kingdom" now as well. I also think it’s because I like the main guy characters of Uhtred in last kingdom, and Harald and King Canut in Vikings Valhalla, which when I first saw King Canut I thought that’s Greg, so maybe that’s why I like the character.
"Vikings Valhalla" starts to show more Christian Vikings. I honestly don’t think I’ll ever understand it or wrap my head around, because you can’t think Vikings without thinking Valhalla or the gods, like Thor, Freya and Odin. Vikings to enter Valhalla had to die with honor, which basically meant sword in hand, to die without it meant going to Helheim.
"Last Kingdom" is Uhtred's story from childhood through being adult and everything he’s lost along the way. "Vikings Valhalla" basically is Christian Viking vs old ways Viking. Sounds dumb and boring but no, it's not. From the first episode it hits the ground running. It will leave your head spinning because even through the very last episode the action does not stop. And that cliffhanger! Yikes! Well, if you liked the original "Vikings" then check it out, and even if you didn’t check out "Last Kingdom" and "Vikings Valhalla" anyways, though Valhalla has a lot of callbacks to Vikings that had me rolling my eyes.
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