Vikings script
Vikings  Season #1 Episode #1 (2011)
Synopsis: Vikings is an Irish-Canadian historical drama television series written and created by Michael Hirst for the television channel History. Filmed in Ireland, it premiered on 3 March 2013 in the United States and Canada.


Ragnar picks it up.


Freya, make everything go well

today. Make sure Lagertha lives,

and is delivered of a healthy


A beat. The thunder cracks again. Then Ragnar shrugs and puts

the figure down.


I know you can’t really change



It’s time.

Ragnar hurries back through.

His wife’s legs are spread wide open and something is

emerging between them: a head, with a halo of bright hair.

The ancient woman continues her sing-song chant and the

younger women help with the birth, one of them holding the

baby’s head as the rest of its body slithers out in an abrupt

rush of blood and afterbirth...and Ragnar gasps at the wonder

of it. Stares at the bloody bundle even as they cut the chord

and begin to wash it.


What is it?


(with a laugh)

It’s a boy.


How do you know?


What are you talking about? Didn’t

I promise you a son?

Ragnar looks at the ancient woman.


Is it a boy?


Look for yourself, Ragnar Lothbrok.

Ragnar looks. Satisfies himself.



Give him here. I have enough milk

for a herd of boys.

The baby is lifted to her breast, where it suckles.


Ragnar emerges from his house carrying the baby, wrapped in a

blanket. The storm has passed. The wood and turf building is

one of several in the small hamlet perched on the edge of a

deep fjord. It’s a vision of stillness and utter

tranquillity. The thickly wooded slopes of the fyord drop

down sheer to the water, and above them the bare rocks are

still capped with snow. The whole landscape has a strange,

magical luminosity - a heightened, almost unnatural beauty.

Ragnar takes his son to the water’s edge and holds him out in

his arms, like an offering.


Look Odin. Look, I have a son.

Thank you, lord. Thank you for my


We move in CLOSE on the baby’s face - then the camera tilts

up towards the sky.

And suddenly the sky begins to darken...


Darkness - and out of the darkness a noise like no other, of

horns and hooves and the shrill cry of birds and the roaring

of men and women. And over the dark fields, fringed with

fire, high in the darkling sky flies a tumultuous host:

thousands of Viking warriors and Valkyries packed together

and riding plunging horses, armed with spears and swords, and

half-naked shield-maidens with bows and shields, sweeping

across the heavens in a wild hunt amidst thick flocks of

wheeling ravens.

And in the midst of this vast ghostly army the huge figure of

Odin, the god of dead warriors, lord of Valhalla, riding his

eight-legged horse Sleipnir, carrying his spear, two ravens

perched on his shoulders, his cloak streaming out behind him,

his single-eye surveying this great, ecstatic, thundering

host of the risen dead.

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Michael Hirst

Michael Hirst is an English screenwriter and producer, best known for his films Elizabeth and Elizabeth: The Golden Age, as well as the Emmy Award-winning television series The Tudors and Vikings. more…

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