Release: Jul 22, 2014 - Author: Blade41 - Translator: DaxRider123 - 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 20 scenes:
9 additional scenes in the Extended Version
1 additional scenes in the TV Version
8 scenes with alternative/extended footage
1 postponed scene
1 additional location name in the Extended Version
Overall, the Extended Version is 143.14 seconds (2:23 minutes) longer than the TV Version.
The TV Version includes a recap.
TV Version: Ragnar and his folk stop in the fields. Athelstan talks about the church that is in ahead of them. When Horik asks him about treasures, Athelstan affirms that they do have quite a lot of them. The group walks through the fields.
0:47 minutes / 2:26 minutes
The Extended Version includes extended and alternative footage of Ecbert.
34 sec. / 23.8 sec.
1:37 minutes / 3:07 minutes
Same scene: Again both versions use different footage. The TV Version is slightly longer.
4.8 sec. / 7.28 sec.
1:45 minutes / 3:17 minutes
Same scene, same game: In the Extended Version Ecbert talks much more about the Norsemen. There is additional as well as alternative material.
68.88 sec. / 26.6 sec.
2:54 minutes / 3:43 minutes
In the Extended Version there's an additional overlay about the momentary location.
No difference in time.
The cleric is shown longer.
Ecbert is shown earlier.
At this point, the Extended Version shows the scene on the field where Athelstan talks about the church. However, it was slightly shortened.
We see the Norsemen walk through the door a little longer.
The TV Version shows an additional shot of the vikings standing in front of the building.
18:13 minutes / 18:11 minutes
When Athelstan cuts the priest's throat, the Extended Version shows it on screen.
3.6 sec. / 3.56 sec.
The two men are shown inside the pool a little longer. Also, the subsequent conversation between them and Ecbert is longer.
21:49 minutes / 21:24 minutes
A shot of Ecbert in the water is slightly different.
5.72 sec. / 3.6 sec.
Torstein and Floki talk about the deceased Arne. Floki says that the gods were jealous of him and thus took him. He could always make people laugh.
Jarl Borg welcomes his guests.
A shot of the wedding guests.
None of the guests have the courage to drink the wine.
26:58 minutes / 25:58 minutes
Both versions differ when Jarl Borg's bride gets up to drink some wine.
4.2 sec. / 5.04 sec.
27:17 minutes/ 26:18 minutes
In the Extended Version Jarl Borg at first acts as if the wine was poisened before he raises his cup for a toast. Subsequently he kisses his wife. The TV Version spares us both the joke and the kiss.
32.92 sec. / 15.60 sec.
All people get up noisily.
Since there are more tasks waiting for him, the old man asks Rollo to take his divine advice.