‘Vikings': Ragnar leads raid in exclusive clip from History series

March 13, 2014 | 12:21 p.m.
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Jarl Borg (Thorbjorn Harr) is angered by King Horik's betrayal. (Jonathan Hession / History)

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Rollo (Clive Standen) has been accepted back as a brother by Ragnar but was not brought along on the journey west. (Jonathan Hession / History)

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The ever-scheming Siggy (Jessalyn Gilsig) is still at work on Rollo (Clive Standen). (Jonathan Hession / History)

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The name of King Ecbert (Linus Roache) registered with the British-born former monk Athelstan, who told his captor-turned-comrade Ragnar that Ecbert is "just like you." (Jonathan Hession / History)

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Ragnar (Travis Fimmel, center) is joined by his friend and ship builder Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard, left) as he leads Vikings into Wessex. (Jonathan Hession / History)

History’s hit series “Vikings” kicked off its second season last month with King Horik’s forces facing off in bloody battle against Jarl Borg, pitting brothers Ragnar and Rollo against each other.

The showdown helped “Vikings” attract roughly 3.6 million viewers in its second series premiere and set the stage for a run of episodes filled with fraternal conflict and the promise of further bloodshed.

In the season’s third episode, “Treachery,” the Wessex Viking raid is in full swing, and Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) continues his quest to dominate the West. But Jarl Borg (Thorbjorn Harr), left behind after Horik reneges on a deal, has his own plans for the future of Kattegat.

Hero Complex readers can check out an exclusive clip from the episode below.

The scene features Ragnar, along with Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard), King Horik (Donal Logue), former monk Athelstan (George Blagden) and Torstein (Jefferson Hall), forming a shield wall in preparation for a showdown.

In a review last year, Times television critic Mary McNamara called the show “the tried and true story of an open-minded upstart challenging the corrupt establishment” and said that it is “a mostly noble attempt to humanize a group of people who have been reduced to the fact of their stature (tall) and their propensity for barbarism.”

Click through the images at the top of the post for a more detailed look at “Treachery.”

“Vikings” airs Thursdays at 10p.m./9 p.m. CT on History.

– Gina McIntyre | @LATHeroComplex

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