• Ragnar Lothbrok

    Season 1
    Ragnar Lothbrok is a mighty Viking warrior. Once just a farmer, he sees a vision of Odin and is inspired to sail across the ocean to plunder the unexplored west, challenging the local chieftain who continues to raid the east. After designing a proper longship, Ragnar and and a crew of men set sail and reach Northumbria. There they successfully carry out the first Viking raid in Western Europe and return as heroes with treasure and a slave, a monk named Athelstan. Ragnar eventually challenges and replaces the Earl of Kattegat.

    Season 2
    As Ragnar conquers westward, his thirst for battle and discovering new lands grows, as does his enemy list. Kattegat is invaded in his absence and Ragnar is reunited with Lagertha and his now grown son, both of whom left him after his affair with Aslaug. At different times, he is betrayed by both his brother and a king; he forgives the former and overthrows the latter to take the crown.

    Season 3
    With his new seat on the throne, Ragnar must lead and provide for his people while questioning an uncertain arrangement with the king of Wessex to acquire more lands. Ragnar and his Vikings mount an assault on Paris to take down the "impenetrable" city of riches.

    Season 4
    Despite his power, Ragnar struggles between his devotion to the gods and his affinity with Athelstan’s Christian beliefs, which wears on his health and his inner convictions.

  • Lagertha

    Season 1
    Lagertha is a fierce shield-maiden, protective mother, and Ragnar's first love and wife. Lagertha, well trained in combat, often accompanies Ragnar and fellow Vikings on their raids, fighting side-by-side with them in battle. During one raid, Lagertha stops Knut, the half brother of the earl, from raping a woman. Furious, he turns on her and ends up being killed by Lagertha. Ragnar later takes the blame for the murder.

    Season 2
    After a devastating miscarriage, their daughter’s death and finally Ragnar's infidelity, Lagertha leaves Ragnar, with Bjorn following her by choice. She marries a wealthy but abusive earl, and after a final violent incident, Lagertha succeeds him as the new Earl of Hedeby.

    Season 3
    Lagertha returns to Wessex with the intention of creating a thriving settlement there, and complications arise with King Ecbert and at Hedeby with her second-in-command, Kalf.

    Season 4
    Though she leads her own outfit of warriors, often aiding Ragnar in raids, Lagertha must deal with Kalf’s treachery and defend her own place in the world.

  • Rollo Lothbrok

    Season 1
    Rollo Lothbrok is an impulsive and skilled fighter often overshadowed by his brother Ragnar. His fraternal jealousy is often leveraged by others to persuade Rollo to turn on his brother in exchange for power.

    Season 2
    Rollo and Ragnar face each other head on in battle, but Rollo surrenders, unable to fight his brother. Despite his betrayal, his life is spared when Ragnar bribes a judge. Shamed, Rollo self-destructive behavior is later forgiven by Ragnar. After defending Kattegat and protecting Ragnar's family, he once again regains his brother’s trust.

    Season 3
    Rollo joins Ragnar to claim their land in Wessex and later on the siege of Paris. When he chooses to stay behind in France, the Emperor extends and offer Rollo cannot refuse - land, marriage to a Princess, and the title of Duke.

    Season 4
    With a taste of newfound power, Rollo sees opportunity for his own gain in Paris and chooses a destiny rejecting his Vikings heritage.

  • Floki

    Season 1
    Floki is a jokester, skilled shipbuilder, and Ragnar's oldest friend. He is the architect behind the new generation of Viking longboards that allows them to navigate the western seas.

    Season 2
    King Horick tries to convince Floki to betray Ragnar, asking him to kill someone close to Ragnar to prove himself and Floki appears to do so. When the King secretly attacks Kattegat in an attempt to to kill Ragnar and his family, he walks into a trap and realizes that Floki double crossed him. Floki’s loyalty leads to the king's death and Ragnar's ascension to the throne.

    Season 3
    Floki is tormented by Ragnar’s confidence in Athelstan and seeming rejection of their gods. He murders Athelstan to protect Ragnar from the monk’s influence.

    Season 4
    In the wake of Ragnar's admittance that he knew Floki was Athelstan's murderer, a chain of events is set off that will forever mar their brotherhood.

  • Bjorn

    Season 1
    Bjorn is Ragnar and Lagertha's eldest son, loyal to both parents and a warrior and explorer in his own right.

    Season 2
    Furious with his father for choosing Aslaug over his mother Lagertha, he leaves with her to grow up away from Ragnar. Returning as a young man, Bjorn and Lagertha reunite with Ragnar in the battle for Kattegat where he demonstrates that he is his father’s son--Ragnar nicknames Bjorn the "Ironside" after he emerges unscathed from a battle.

    Season 3
    Now battling side by side with Ragnar, Bjorn’s growing maturity as a warrior and a man deepens their bond. Ragnar trusts Bjorn implicitly when he relies on him to carry out a deception that saves their kingdom from destruction.

    Season 4
    Bjorn can now see that his father’s solid grip is weakening and it is clear to him that he must be even more vigilant on his behalf.

  • Princess Aslaug

    Season 1
    Princess Aslaug is the second wife of Ragnar and mother to his younger sons. She is a seeress who has visions and prophecies of the future. While carrying out a duty for the King in Gotaland, Ragnar first meets Aslaug and is enamored with her beauty and intelligence. When the Seer confirms that Aslaug will bear Ragnar sons to carry on his name where Lagertha cannot,Ragnar and Aslaug have an affair, resulting in their first child.

    Season 2
    Lagertha leaves Ragnar, and Aslaug becomes Queen, bearing three more sons, the youngest of which is born with deformed legs. Although Ragnar tries to convince Aslaug to kill their son, in the end, he is unable to do so and they name him Ivar The Boneless.

    Season 3
    Aslaug and Ragnar’s marriage becomes cold and distant and she devotes all her energy to raising her sons to be kings.

    Season 4
    While Ragnar has been in Paris, Aslaug gets a little taste of power being in charge back in Kattegat, something she is not likely to give up easily.

  • King Ecbert

    Season 2
    King Ecbert is the ambitious and charismatic ruler of Wessex, where Ragnar and King Horick had raided together in alliance. After their plunder, Ecbert invites Ragnar to discuss terms; Ragnar wants fertile land for his people and Ecbert wishes for warriors to help expand his reign. After Ragnar learns Kattekat is under attack and leaves Wessex; Ecbert attacks the remaining forces and King Horick barely escapes. When Ragnar, Lagertha and Horik return to Wessex, Ecbert and ally King Aella of Northumbria ambush the Vikings and decisively defeat them. Later, Ecbert uses Rollo, wounded and captured in battle, as part of a negotiation deal with Ragnar.

    Season 3
    Along with his uneasy alliance with Ragnar, King Ecbert takes an interest in Lagertha and gives her the false promise of a Viking settlement in Wessex. His ambitions also include overthrowing King Aella to take Northumbria for himself.

    Season 4
    Ecbert recognizes Ragnar as a worthy opponent and continues to draw him into confrontations that alternately serve to achieve power for them both.

  • Judith

    Season 2
    Judith is the daughter of King Aella of Northumbria. In order to strengthen his alliance with King Ecbert, Judith is married off to Aethelwulf, Ecbert's son.

    Season 3
    Judith develops an attraction to Athelstan and later gives birth to his illegitimate son. She is found guilty of adultery and after having her ear cut off, names the father of her child. The King releases Judith, claiming the child is from a man of God and baptizes him as "Alfred".

    Season 4
    Judith now must deal with a complicated relationship with King Ecbert while raising a child that is destined for a remarkable future.

  • Kalf

    Season 3
    Kalf is second-in-command to Lagertha as Earl. While she travels to to Wessex, she leaves Kalf in charge and he proceeds to overthrow her and take her title and lands. Lagertha asks Ragnar to help regain it but instead he asks Kalf to join him on his raid of France. They battle together, and after the siege of Paris, Kalf confesses his love to Lagertha and wants her at his side in Hedeby. She tells him he will accept his offer on the condition that he knows one day she will kill him for stealing her earldom; he accepts.

    Season 4
    Kalf and Lagertha's precarious relationship will eventually need to reach a resolution.

  • Princess Gisla

    Season 3
    Princess Gisla is the strong and fiercely patriotic daughter of the Emperor Charles of France. During the Viking siege of Paris, she demands her father remain in Paris as a sign of commitment to his subjects, though he cowers at the first sign of trouble. To protect himself and his crown, the Emperor offers Rollo land, the title of Duke, and much to her protest, Princess Gisla's hand in marriage, in exchange for protection from Ragnar's future attacks.

    Season 4
    Her relationship with Rollo promises to be a stormy one as she is dismissive of his pagan background.

  • Sons of Ragnar

    Ubbe
    Ubbe is Ragnar’s second son, his first son with Aslaug. Like his three younger brothers he has been growing up watching and learning from his father and eldest brother, Bjorn, and now as a young man, will play a larger part in Ragnar’s legacy.

    Hvitserk
    Hvitserk is Ragnar’s second son with Aslaug, distinctive from Ubbe and approaches problems from a new perspective, though always fiercely loyal to his family. He becomes an important central player as he builds on his father’s power to create his own.

    Sigurd
    Sigurd ‘Snake in the Eye’, as the third son of Ragnar and Aslaug, was born with a deviated pupil --an early manifestation of Aslaug’s powers of insight, which she had prophesied.

    Ivar
    Ivar The Boneless is the fourth son born to Aslaug from Ragnar and does not have the use of his legs, making his relationship with his mother all the more important.