Vikings take over History channel

From left, Katheryn Winnick, Travis Fimmel and Clive Standen star in the History series “Vikings.”

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History has found the key to the audience’s heart lies with looting and pillaging. And so the channel has given a green light to a third season of its dramatic series “Vikings.”

The Irish-Canadian co-production stars Travis Fimmel as the ambitious Viking chieftain Ragnar, whose desire to conquer new lands drives him to achieve great success in his medieval Scandinavian society.

The second season has followed Ragnar’s life as he has moved up to the status of an Earl in the Viking world.

The series was created by Michael Hirst, who also created Showtime’s series “The Tudors” and also wrote the films “Elizabeth” and “Elizabeth: The Golden Age.” When “Vikings” premiered in 2013, it was History’s first scripted drama series.

The show’s second season is not half over, but ratings have been strong enough for History to move on a third season, which will film this summer for a 2015 air date.

The series has averaged 3.4 million total viewers in its second season and it’s the top-rated cable program in its Thursday night slot.

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