Vikings Season Two Preview

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5 thoughts on “Vikings Season Two Preview

  1. I like the show, but their shieldwall makes no sense. Why raise overhead protection if the enemy has no missile weapons except maybe axes and spears (i.e. no indirect fire). Also, when you form the wall, what sense does it make to order a pell mell charge against an enemy also charging, since that simply breaks up your shield wall and leaves a big scrum?

    As a friend of mine said, this is from the Braveheart school of medieval infantry tactics.

  2. Because:-

    (a) it looks dramatic and exciting; and

    (b) the production team aren't particularly interested in presenting a combat situation that realistically represents Viking combat?

    That's tv for you…

  3. Aw man, Floki gets it?

    As history, the show is great for TV/movies, terrible by any other standard. I watch it as a viking-style action/drama show, and by that standard it's not bad.

  4. @Mike – Oh, I love the show, too! I just like to bash The history Channel for a lack of, well, history.

    My guess is Floki survives and becomes even weirder; he's just too disturbing to ditch. Matter o' fact, there's acleric of chaos on my current game that popped up thanks to some serious randomness on a wandering monster roll — can you guess who I immediately decided to base him on?

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