The third season of History's "Vikings" ended last Thursday.
I was a little bit behind.
I had to catch up on Floki's paranoia and religious fervor, on Ragnar's grief and trickery, on Rollo's military might and, of course, on the epic attack on Paris that produced the climax to what was surely the busiest "Vikings" season to date. It was a run of 10 episodes that began with the establishment of a farming settlement in England, but built to three straight hours of almost non-stop action.
Having hissed at Floki's increased villainy, cheered for Ragnar's clever fulfillment of The Seer's prophesy and pondered a seemingly uncertain future for several characters, it was time to get on the phone with "Vikings" creator Michael Hirst, to unpack some of the details of the season past and other details of the season to come.
When Hirst and I talked in January, we went into depth on the show's spectacularly strong female characters, but the "Tudors" mastermind teased that this was The Season of Floki, a sentiment that I now understand.
Having had several Lagertha-based discussions in past years, this conversation didn't go down that path. It could have, but in 30 minutes with Hirst, you can only get to so much.
Instead, we talked about Floki's darkening and about whether or not the big revelation at the end of the finale -- Ragnar telling Floki he knew about the killing of Athelstan -- was actually a revelation. I poked around a bit about the identity of the mysterious wanderer Harbard and how much of Ragnar's interest in Christianity is real.
I also had some personal intellectual itches to scratch, like inquiring about the amusing moment in which The Seer quoted T.S. Eliot's "Burnt Norton," one of several anachronistic literary homages within the show. We also talked about the passage of time on "Vikings," specifically how many years must've passed during a season drought with lengthy expeditions and campaigns.
We barely scratched the surface of things that interested me about this season, but it's a good conversation about some of what transpired this spring and what's in store for Season 4...
Click through for the full Q&A, with Season 3 spoilers...