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'Vikings' key art tells its own story

History continues its onslaught of promotional material for its first scripted drama, "Vikings," which is set to premiere at 9 p.m. CT March 3. On Monday the network released the series' key art, which shows the hero of the story, Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel), a "curious, compelling man who is always looking to break through barriers and discover new worlds to conquer."

Here's a breakdown of the symbolism in the key art from History:

Covering Ragnar's face is the bold "Vikings" logo that captures the spirit of the Viking culture. The two sides of the V represent multiple dimensions of the Vikings culture--family/life and violence.

Family & Life
The left sides tells us the softer, lesser-known aspect of Vikings.

  • The upper section is a nod to their craftsmanship/technological advances
  • The middle section represents brotherhood and unbreakable bonds
  • The lower section represents Growth & Life

Violence
The right side of the V tells a different story.

  • It is about war, violence, death and conflict. It is shaped like the blade of a sword. There are some cracks, worn texture and blood spatter--all indicating that the weapon has been put to use.

The extraordinary tales of the lives and epic adventures of these warriors are told in the nine-part scripted series "Vikings." The drama portrays the world of these Dark Age raiders, traders, explorers--not from an outsider's view, but, through the eyes of Viking society. While "Vikings" is filled with conflict, warfare and bloodshed, it is a family saga at heart following the story of Ragnar Lothbrok and his family. You can read more in previous posts shown at the side of this story.

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