When the History channel diverted from its documentaries to scripted series, it was feared the channel would head down Bravo’s slippery slope. (For those of you who don’t remember, Bravo used to be an intellectual channel featuring performing arts. True story.) Loosely based on the Norse tale, the sagas of Ragnar Lodbrok, Vikings has exceeded viewers’ expectations, mixing non-fiction facts with fictional fun. It returned earlier this month for a fourth season, featuring its onslaught of badass women, cool combat scenes, and oodles of guy-liner. We celebrate this epic series with its best memes and all the Lagertha GIFs you could possibly need.
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