Vikings not a Thrones clone

Vikings not a Thrones clone
Actress Katheryn Winnick (above) on how Vikings compares to fantasy series Game Of Thrones.

One look at new TV drama Vikings and it almost comes off as a copycat of the mega hit series Game Of Thrones. Both shows are lushly produced period epics featuring plenty of blood and battles as well as intricate costumes, sets and props.

But Vikings lead actress Katheryn Winnick is quick to separate her show from Game Of Thrones, saying that it is actually "very, very different".

Speaking to Life! over the telephone from her home in Toronto, the 35-year-old says: "They seem similar because of the epic storylines, but Vikings is not a fantasy like Game Of Thrones. Vikings is very much based on reality and history.

"Also, nudity is not an issue in Vikings because we won't have much of that. It's still a sexy show, but it just didn't go to that extent with nudity - less is more."

Cable TV series Game Of Thrones has graphic scenes of sex, but Vikings, being a network show on the History channel, would have restrictions.

Having said that, the actress adds: "But if you're a fan of Game Of Thrones, I think you should give Vikings a true chance and that you will enjoy it. The story is also intimate and about real issues.

"It has action, adventure and bloodshed, and the set design is amazing. I know for a fact that there are a lot of people who are fans of both shows."

Vikings tells the stories of the famously ferocious Vikings in battle during their heyday in the 12th century. As it is shown on the History channel, the research that went into the writing is reportedly very much based on historical fact.

Created and written by Michael Hirst, who also wrote the Oscar-nominated film Elizabeth (1998) as well as the hit period drama The Tudors (2007-2010), Vikings premiered in the United States in March to positive reviews. It has been renewed for a second season.

The Wall Street Journal noted that Vikings was "not bursting with bare breasts", but "a study of character, stamina, power and... of social, emotional and even intellectual awakening".

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