Blood And Conquest: A Detailed Argument For Why History’s ‘Vikings’ Is Better Than ‘Game Of Thrones’

Vikings is History Channel’s first originally scripted program and it just began its 3rd season a couple weeks ago. The premiere brought in 4.6 million viewers making it the highest rated cable series on Thursday night, but for a few years now, fans like myself have made the argument that the series — which follows the historical rise of Ragnar Lothbrok and his Norsemen — is better than Game Of Thrones.

It might also qualify as being the best show on television that you’re not watching. Something that’d be easy to say about plenty of shows, but I’m prepared to make the case.  Get your angry comments ready, internet…

Game Of Thrones Lite 

While referring to a show as “Game Of Thrones Lite” may sound insulting, it’s actually a good thing in this case. I’ll admit that I never finished any of George R.R. Martin’s books, so your upturned noses will have no effect on me. I’ve also never really been a big fan of the HBO series.

One of the aspects I always found so off-putting is the sheer size and scope of the story being told. With so many characters being followed, I really find myself only interested in two characters: Tyrion Lannister and Daenerys Targaryen. Beyond them, I start losing track of names, castles and story details because I really just don’t care.

With Vikings, the scope is much smaller, which not only gives these unique characters more screen time, it allows the audience to become invested. Also, Vikings tends to give viewers everything they want regularly. Norse folklore, sexy times, massive fight scenes… it’s almost like a Game Of Thrones episode except say, without all the bare butt and dragons.

So Many Khal Drogos

A friend of mine was explaining to someone why they should be watching Vikings a few weeks back and he ended up concluding that the series was essentially about a bunch of Khal Drogos. The concept of a series that follows an army of Dothraki warriors got her immediately interested and she was soon binge-watching the show. While it’s a funny way to sell a person on a television program, there is some truth to that comparison.