Release: Jul 31, 2014 - Author: Blade41 - Translator: Mr Miau - 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 2015, audiences will be able to enjoy the third 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 nudity was deleted and some of the violence was toned down here and there. Still, the second season is pretty uninhibited and also appears to be a little heavier in terms of violence compared to season 1.
This is a comparison between the American TV Version aired on the History Channel and the Extended Version.
Both Versions differ in 17 scenes:
9 additional scenes in the Extended Version
2 additional scene in the TV Version
6 scenes with alternative/extended footage
Overall, the Extended Version is 138.56 seconds (2:19 minutes) longer than the TV Version.
The TV Version features a recap.
TV Version: Bjorn turns his head.
7:39 minutes / 8:38 minutes
When the people dance around the table, they are either naked (Extended) or dressed (TV).
13,96 sec. / 12,72 sec.
Going through the crowd, Floki meets Erlendur, who looks at his souvenir, earth from Wessex.
9:50 minutes / 10:23 minutes
Athelstan walks through the crowd. In the Extended Version, he imagines seeing Jesus.
28,84 sec. / 0,52 sec.
Aslaug can be seen dancing earlier.
The TV Version shows her laughing a bit longer instead.
The children are playing. Aslaug first talks to another mother and then to Lagertha, who asks about her and disabled child fathered by Ragnar.
Floki can be seen longer.
Horik explains why he does not trust King Ecbert and compares him with a giant from a myth.
15:23 minutes / 14:26 minutes
Ragnar, Bjorn and Athelstan can be seen longer at the table in the Extended Version, the TV Version shows Lagertha a bit earlier instead.
no difference in running time
Lagertha asks Athelstan whether he is still so guileless and says that it does not matter how much he has experienced because he will always stay the young monk she once knew.
Ragnar is lying in bed, grinning. The reason: not only Aslaug is with him, but also Lagertha.
40:56 minutes / 39:32 minutes
Another shot of Ragnar giving King Horik a head butt.
0,88 sec. / 1,8 sec.
Ragnar beats Horik.
41:31 minutes / 40:07 minutes
The two version feature different footage of Ragnar beating Horik with a chair.
5,6 sec. / 5,4 sec.
41:41 minutes / 40:17 minutes
The scene in which Bjorn takes the sword was shortened in the Extended Version.
6,4 sec. / 10,68 sec.
Rangar can be seen longer when he wants to sit down.