The cast of History's hit "Vikings" are in attendance at San Diego Comic-Con to discuss Season 2 and the impact of the first nine episodes, including Travis Fimmel (Ragnar), Katheryn Winnick (Lagertha), Clive Standen (Rollo), George Blagden (Athelstan), Gustaf Skarsgard (Floki), Jessalyn Gilsig (Siggy), writer/creator Michael Hirst and History executive vice president Dirk Hoogstra.
Follow along with our liveblog below to find out what they had to say about Season 2.
07/19/2013 9:57 PM EDT
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07/19/2013 9:57 PM EDT
Season 2 sneak peek has Ragnar's forces facing off against Rollo's, charging into battle. The two forces meet in a violent melee. It's bloody and brutal and Rollo might very well kill Floki, but we don't know for sure before it cuts to black ...
07/19/2013 9:54 PM EDT
Clive just recited the Viking war chant to great applause.
07/19/2013 9:53 PM EDT
How will Ragnar deal with the death of his daughter?
Travis: I don't find out until the next season, and we definitely have a lot of problems, but that's just women in general ... [Audience groans] Sorry, my relationships in general. When you lose a kid, that's the biggest issue -- we can deal with our stuff, have sex and whatever. We've got to deal with that loss.
Katheryn: It does pick up ... those questions will be answered.
07/19/2013 9:51 PM EDT
Will we ever see any short Vikings?
George stands up.
Michael: A lot of the Viking group -- we had small Vikings. What we wanted was to avoid that they'd look like some rowing eight from Harvard. They were a very mixed group. They look like real men.
07/19/2013 9:50 PM EDT
Time jump right away?
Michael: I don't know whether to tell you. I left a lot of cliffhangers at the end of episode nine, which I thought was incredibly clever of me. I thought they'd just have to commission a second season. The answer in a way is that those were issues that needed a fairly immediate resolution and that had to happen.
07/19/2013 9:48 PM EDT
Emotional moments the women played
Katheryn: Michael definitely put me through the wringer, especially in the ninth episode. There are a lot of questions you ask as a woman, losing a child ... and the fact that her relationship is tested. It's a really hard question to answer, there's a lot of personal struggles. Every time you dive into a new character, you do a lot of soul-searching and you look deep inside.
Jessalyn: We both lost our babies, and I never want to film that scene again, that was very tough, for sure.
07/19/2013 9:47 PM EDT
Who would Ragnar and Lagertha invite to a modern threesome?
Travis: George, the offer's always open.
Katheryn: With Lagertha, I'm not sure ...
Travis: You'll do what I say!
Katheryn: I mean, would she cheat on Ragnar? I had that question in that early script, was she teasing [Athelstan], was she serious? I don't know.
Travis: It's not cheating if I'm watching.
07/19/2013 9:44 PM EDT
More paganism and the clash with Christianity?
Michael: Absolutely, that's very central.
07/19/2013 9:43 PM EDT
Michael: It's not supernatural, what you see early on in the show is Odin and the valkyries, that's what the Vikings are seeing in their minds ... that's exactly what Vikings saw on the battlefield, they saw Odin walking among the slain warriors and choosing who would go to Valhalla ... If I was writing a script about Jesus and showed the tomb in which the body was placed and Christ resurrected, would that be supernatural? No, it would be real for Christians. I think occasionally, I'm going to remind the audience of what's happening in the minds of the Vikings ... The gods were shapeshifters to the Vikings, so a raven could be a god; Loki turned into a flea and a fly and a squirrel, so to Vikings, the landscape was alive with their gods, their gods walked among them. This was real to them.