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Ranking the Best Seasons of 'Vikings'

Updated May 12, 2020 1.3k votes 340 voters 18.3k views6 items

All the seasons of Vikings have been action-packed, but which seasons really stand out? Ragnar Lothbrok rises to become a Scandinavian King thanks in part to a series of successful raids. Some of the most memorable episodes of Vikings come from different seasons, so picking the top season isn't easy. Some Vikings seasons focus on Ragnar's ascent, while other good seasons follow the adventures of his sons. To determine once and for all what the best seasons of Vikings are, let's rank every Vikings season from best to worst, and be sure to check out our list of shows like Vikings while you're at it.

Vikings is a historical drama created by Micheal Hirst. Vikings premiered on the History Channel on March 3, 2013. Vikings' sixth and final season – airing in two parts – premiered in 2019.

Vote up your favorite seasons of Vikings, and vote down any seasons that you really didn't enjoy, despite how much you loved any individual episodes. If you want to answer the questions, "What is the best season of Vikings?" and "Which season of Vikings is the best?" then this list will have you covered.

It can be painful to put one Vikings season over the other when there are so many good ones, which is why you can vote on however many seasons you like.

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  • Vikings - Season 2
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    The second season of Vikings premiered on February 27, 2014, and contains 10 episodes. This season focuses on Ragnar's rise to power.

    This season contains several memorable episodes including: "Brother's War," "Answers in Blood," and "Unforgiven."

    Memorable moments from Season 2 include:

    • Borg takes control of Kattegat.
    • Aslaug gives birth to Ragnar's son.
    • Ragnar defeats Horik.
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  • Vikings - Season 1
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    The first season of Vikings premiered on March 3, 2013, and contains 9 episodes. This season focuses on Viking chieftain Ragnar Lothbrok and his crew.

    This season contains several memorable episodes including: "Rites of Passage," "A King's Ransom," and "All Change."

    Memorable moments from Season 1 include:

    • Ragnar and Rollo return from battle.
    • Ragnar battles Earl Haraldson.
    • Aslaug seduces Ragnar.
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  • Vikings - Season 3
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    The third season of Vikings premiered on February 19, 2015, and contains 10 episodes. This season focuses on Ragnar and his family.

    This season contains several memorable episodes including: "Scarred," "To the Gates!," and "The Dead."

    Memorable moments from Season 3 include:

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  • Vikings - Season 4
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    The fourth season of Vikings premiered on February 18, 2016, and contains 20 episodes. This season continues to focus on battles, invasions, and raids.

    This season contains several memorable episodes including: "Kill the Queen," "What Might Have Been," and "All His Angels."

    Memorable moments from Season 4 include:

    • The Vikings invade England.
    • Ragnar is punished with a pit of snakes.
    • Bjorn and Ivar contemplate next moves.
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