We’re Talking Vikings: FLOKI

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The Shieldmaidens of History (Protecting the Innocent from Anachronisms) welcome you back to our series on the History Channel show Vikings. 

146a6-lissa-bryanHistorical fiction author Lissa Bryan is with me again to discuss the historical aspects of the show. Lissa has written a fantastic historical fiction story of her own, and she is an amazing historian and storyteller. (You can read my review of her Tudor love story, Under These Restless Skies here on my site.)


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Heillir! We—Lissa Bryan and Sandi Layne—are two historical fiction authors with a serious thing for Vikings. And for VIKINGS, the amazing series that is going to begin its fourth season on HISTORY CHANNEL.

Follow us on twitter, #ShieldGeeks, at 8pm Eastern for the next several days as we talk about the main characters of the show, including special features for Thorsdays, er, Thursdays, as well as We Ship It day on the 14th and even a Favorite Dead Character feature.

Floki, played brilliantly by Gustaf Skarsgård is one of the most compelling characters on VIKINGS.

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Gustaf himself is a great guy, willing to talk to fans and ham it up for the camera between takes.

His real voice is surprisingly much deeper than Floki’s, so that’s always interesting too.

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A genius shipbuilder, Floki has been Ragnar’s trusted friend for a long time.

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And his eyeliner game is ON FLEEK.
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Floki might come across as unbalanced, but he has a definite sense of his place in the world and his relationship to the gods.

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His forever love is Helga, whom he will eventually marry and have a daughter with as the series progresses.

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As we enter Season Four, Floki has unraveled. His quirky eccentricity has edged over into all-out madness, and it remains to be seen if he can pull himself back together.

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As the season progressed, he felt more and more betrayed by Ragnar’s seeming impiety toward the gods, and his forays into Christianity.

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Floki became more and more unhinged, focusing his resentment on Athelstan.

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It led to him killing Athelstan in cold blood, though Athelstan welcomed death with a sweet smile.

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During the siege of Paris, Floki had a breakdown as all of his plans burnt to ashes around him.

He felt the gods had betrayed him after his years of faith and sacrifice.

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Helga, his patient and faithful wife, seems to have given up on him, as well.

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How will Floki deal with the upcoming changes as the vista of Ragnar’s influence broadens? Will he find an anchor in his wife and daughter and rediscover his passion for the ships and oceans? Or will he dissolve into the shifting sands under his feet?

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What are your thoughts? Join Lissa Bryan and me, Sandi, tonight as we chat at 8PM EST on Twitter about Floki and what the series might have in store for him. Use the hashtag #ShieldGeeks to join in the fun!

(All images from VIKINGS are the property of the History Channel. I use them only for illustrations regarding their show.)


  1. Angelyn · February 7, 2016

    That this character has a daughter is touching in a way. I wonder how he’ll react when she’s a teenager. Hmmm.

    • Sandi · February 8, 2016

      I wonder if he’ll still be AROUND when she’s a teenager….

      • Angelyn · February 9, 2016

        I’m not going to even consider that possibility.

        • Sandi · February 9, 2016

          That he will be or that he won’t? It would be a loss to the series if he were to leave.

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