Release: Nov 12, 2015 - Author: Blade41 - Translator: Tony Montana - external link: IMDB - more from this series
After the History Channel stopped doing real history documentaries and started focussing pseudo-scientific studies (UFOs and the like) as well as pseudo documentaries (Pawn Stars) which they achieve great successes with, they also tried out (mini) series. The Drama series Vikings is one of them and throughout the first two seasons entirely satisfied its audience. In early 2016, audiences will be able to enjoy the forth season.
Just as in the previous season, all episodes were aired in a censored version on American TV. Besides numerous cuts to the plot, there are also several scenes that had to be censored. All sex and nudity was either removed or replaced by alternate, more harmless footage. Regarding violence, there are no differences. At least not in the first 5 episodes.
This is a comparison between the American TV Version aired on the History Channel and the Extended Version.
Both Versions differ in 21 scenes:
10 additional scenes in the Extended Version
3 additional scenes in the TV Version
7 scenes with alternate/extended footage
The Extended Version is 339.28 seconds (5:39 minutes) longer than the TV Version.
2:04 Minutes / 2:04 Minutes
Alternate footage of Harbard standing up.
6.59 sec / 2.93 sec
Additional shot of Bjorn being with his wounded girl Porunn.
Shot of the village while Harvard is telling another story.
Harvard's and Aslaug's stroll is longer.
The walk across Kattegat is longer plus Harvard gets to tell more of his story.
12:31 Minutes / 11:42 Minutes
The sex scene with Aslaug and Harbard is longer and more explicit in the Extended Version.
46.39 sec / 18.98 sec
The TV Version cuts to Wessex where Athelstan and Judith are having sex.
Additional shot of King Ecbert in the TV Version.
17:06 Minutes / 17:04 Minutes
Longer dialog between Ecbert and Lagertha in the Extended Version.
13.68 sec / 5.38 sec
Now the sex scene with Athelstan and Judith in the Extended Version. It is more explicit, longer, and of course, we get to see a little more of Judith's breasts. Yeah.
From this point on, the course of events differs (based on the course of events in the Extended Version).
At Ecbert's Castle (Extended Version: 19:06 Minutes / TV Version: 24:13 Minutes)
19:24 Minutes / 24:49 Minutes
The TV Version contains an extended shot of Athelstan. The Extended Version cuts to Aethelwulf hugging and welcoming King Aelle.
8.88 sec / 1.21 sec
Lagertha is happy to see her son again. They are having a conversation about Porunn.
Additional dialog with Aelle and Judith. He tells his daughter what he expected from her and that the alliance between them and Ecbert should not be destroyed.
Hedeby - Scandinavia (Extended Version: 24:58 Minutes / TV Version: 17:36 Minutes)
Kattegat (Extended Version: 26:14 Minutes / TV Version: 18:55 Minutes)
Ubbe and Hvitserk earlier in the TV Version.
After the scene in Kattegat resp. the scene in which Siggy drowns, the versions are back in sync.
Outside the castle, Rollo is talking to Floki about Gods and the decision between them and Ragnar. Also in the TV Version but not here. [TV Version: 33:50 Minutes]
Princess Kwenthrith approaches Lagertha. She seems to have caught her interest. After exchanging a few words, Kwenthrith kisses Lagertha. After te kiss, Lagertha leaves.
A longer conversation between Rollo and Lagertha has been reinserted here. Among other things, they talk about Bjorn.
And again, the course of events is different. Also again, it is based on the Extended Version in this comparison.
Conversation between Athelstan and King Ecbert. (Extended Version: 37:23 Minutes / TV Version: 34:34 Minutes
38:00 Minutes / 35:11 Minutes
Their conversation is longer in the Extended Version.
11.89 sec / 1.79 sec
Conversation between Lagertha and Rollo (Extended Version: 38:12 Minutes / TV Version: 35:13 Minutes)
Earl Kalf gets woken up (Extended Version: 38:41 Minutes / TV Version: 35:42 Minutes)
38:41 Minutes / 35:42 Minutes
The entire scene is different because the two girls in bed are topless in the Extended Version. In the TV Version, their breasts are covered.
39.92 sec / 34.20 sec
Erlendur pays a visit (Extended Version: 39:21 Minutes / TV Version: 36:16 Minutes)
Kalf and his people are looking at the door.
Erlendur earlier in the TV Version.
Fighting Vikings (Extended Version: 40:36 Minutes / TV Version: 31:36 Minutes)
A few party impressions.
Conversation between Ragnar and Ecbert (Extended Version: 40:46 Minutes / TV Version: 31:40 Minutes)
Kwenthrith poisons her brother (Extended Version: 42:57 Minutes / TV Version: 37:26 Minutes)
From this point on, the versions are back in sync.