Vikings is set to return for its second season at the end of February. If you haven't seen the show yet, and want to catch up on a fantastic new action series, you can catch Season1 on Blu-ray/DVD or Amazon Instant.
In the interim, History has released a trailer for the second season which features images from Viking mythology that tie into each character's journey in the coming season. Watch the trailer below and then take a look at what each symbol means for, and to, the characters.
Odin, also known as Baleygr – or “Flaming Eye” – surrendered his own eye at the Well of Mimir to gain wisdom. What precious gift is Ragnar willing to sacrifice for glory?
Raven Black (Ravens):
Symbolic of Odin’s two ravens, Huginn and Muninn. Just as Odin fears they will one day abandon him in time of need, Ragnar fears that in his quest to rise above the rest, he will lose all connection with who he once was.
This fabled spear Gungnir would shake the foundation of the universe, yet look away from its point and focus on the self-inflicted wound. Like Odin, Ragnar will invite any pain – even taking on a brother in battle – to achieve the fame he so desperately desires.
A Shield Raised (Shield):
Alone in a man’s world, having lost a child – passed over by a husband – she feels less than a woman; but must now become something more. See how she holds her shield high. Freyja speaks to her, calling out the warrior sleeping within.
Warrior Spirit (Sword):
She has felt the sting of rejection – and will soon suffer the blows of love. The choice is now as clear as the conflict. This shield maiden must surrender her femininity and tighten her grip on that sword. More blows will come, but next time, a Lagertha reborn will strike back.
Falcons in Flight (Feathers):
Freyja’s fertility is meant for another. It is the goddess’ warrior aspect that speaks to her fellow Valkyrie. From this point on, Lagertha’s courtly dress is thrown aside, and falcons will carry her in full armor along the path to where battle is engaged and vulnerability is scorned.
The Drinking Horn (Horn):
Look as this trickster pours a draft from a drinking horn. Yet he drinks not for pleasure; but to avoid the specter of the berserker. Floki alone sees Rollo for what he is capable of, what danger he embodies. So drink! Drink to hide, to deny, to drown out the inevitable.
Fool’s Gold (Tooth):
His smile shines bright, but gold is rarely what it seems. Look within his thoughts. Brother fighting brother; his friend under attack. As destruction looms, Floki seeks solace in the dark corners of his mind.
Silver Cross (Cross):
A distraught Athelstan peers to the heavens, but what god hears his plea? Plucked from his monastery at sword point and dragged across the sea, this monk struggles to balance two lives – the Christian scholar and Viking raider. Can either path quell the pain in his soul?
One-Handed (Missing hand):
He is torn between the cross in his left palm and the agony of his missing right hand. Does Athelstan know of Tyr, the wise and valorous god who lost his arm fighting Fenrir? Who put his hand into the wolf’s mouth as a sign of good faith – and paid for his faith in blood.
In his grip a bloody hand. Did King Ecbert cut it off, making a pawn of Athelstan? Is King Ecbert the wolf that comes, eyes aglow, to tear the Vikings apart? Is he the foe to shake their faith?
Death Nears (deer):
Fear the presence of Dain, one of four harts (deer) that gnaw at Yggdrasil, the tree of life rooted in the middle of Asgaard. Dain signals Death.
Fertile Freyja (Womb):
Her womb touched by Freyja. And just as the goddess suffered the absence of her husband Odr, this princess can’t keep her man near. No matter how much she gives, Ragnar ventures forth in search of more.
Her face is marked with drops of red gold, the same drops shed by Freyja each time Odr left home. This sadness comes from knowing what will befall Ragnar. She sees the blows, feels the pain, tries to warn him – but Aslaug is no warrior. And Ragnar does as he chooses.
Tears flow down upon Milkwort, a flower better known as “Freyja’s Hair.” So touched, its petals transform into magical wings so that Aslaug, in a falcon’s guise, can hunt down Ragnar. She can only watch from high above, tormented, as her beloved moves deeper into Fate’s noose.
Red Rooster (Rooster):
Ragnar chooses to stand firm with King Horik, but will this ruler prove an ally? It was this red rooster, named Fjalar, which alerted the gods to the start of Ragnarok, the battle to end the world. Do not be surprised if Horik fuels the fire between Ragnar and Rollo.
The Snake (Snakeskin):
Look closely. The skin on his face shines like a snake. Are we in the presence of the shape-shifter Loki, father of Jormungand, the Midgard Serpent? He not only seeks out trouble but dares accelerate the conflict.
Poison Flows (Bowl):
Her loyalties are as fluid as the poison that spills from the bowl. Sigyn once collected the snake’s venom before it could drip onto Loki’s face. Siggy however drops the bowl, betraying those closest to her. She may play the devoted wife; but she is above all a ruthless survivor.
Rollo’s leather armor falls away leaving him bare-chested, eyes bloodshot, muscles twitching. Wolf Fenrir has claimed him. Like Fenrir, he is now too wild to chain; and as Fenrir was destined to kill Odin at Ragnarok, envious Rollo bides his time and circles his brother.
Vikings Season 2 will premiere on History on Thursday, February 27 at 10/9C.