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Norsemen

It was about time that someone released an humoristic take on our favourite scandinavian barbarians. Were vikings really as intense as depicted on TV? That’s a question that only Norsemen can answer.

We enjoyed all three seasons and we can’t wait for more. From the Norwegian accent of the actors to Orm’s schemes, Norsemen made us laugh to tears.

All scenes were first shot with Norwegian dialogue, then in English. The Norwegian version is called “Vikingane,” produced by NRK (Norwegian television) while the English version can be seen on Netflix.

The first season averaged more than one million viewers in Norway, a country with a population of a little over five million. (source: IMDB)

Neither Norwegian channel NRK nor Netflix have announced whether Norsemen will be back for season four. But a potential fourth season could head back to the show’s original time period, answering the cliffhanger left lingering from season two. Fingers crossed!

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The Last Kingdom

It all started when one of the actors of this TV-show started following me on my old twitter-account. My first reaction was: who’s this dude and what’s The last Kingdom? A few episodes later, we were completely hooked.

As Alfred the Great defends his kingdom from Norse invaders, Uhtred — born a Saxon but raised by Vikings — seeks to claim his ancestral birthright – Netflix

The TV-show is based on a series of novels titled The Saxon Stories by Bernard Cornwell. I admit I’ve never read these, so I can’t judge. As a big fan of Game of Thrones and Vikings, I think that The Last Kingdom is a nice addition to the genre.

It depicts well the harshness of living in a barbarous world. The vikings are portrayed as a bunch of brutal savages, while The Saxons look small and terrified. The contrast is huge and it always makes me wonder on which side I wish I would have been on…

Also, the opening credits are beautiful. I just love this shot:

Meanwhile, they’re working on the third season. Thank you Netflix for renewing the show. It would have been a great loss if it wouldn’t have.