We have really been spoiled with the amount of fantastic television shows that have been released over the past few years, with so many top quality shows that it is almost impossible to keep up with all of them. While we continue to get brilliant new series from the typical places, there have been a few channel's coming up with some new original series of their own and with a surprising amount of success.
When it was announced that the History Channel was going to start bringing us their own original scripted series, there were a lot of people who questioned whether they could actually make it a success. However, the History Channel have enjoyed success with their series The Bible, as well as their big hit Vikings, which is moving on to its third season of the show.
Over the course of the first two seasons of Vikings, there has been a very strong female presence, with some very strong female characters throughout the series. Creator Michael Hirst has now been talking about these strong female characters, where he got the inspiration to write strong female characters and what the future holds for them on the show.
Hirst explained, "Yeah, and I’m enormously proud of that. I did my PhD at Oxford in the short stories of Henry James, and Henry James enjoyed writing about female characters more than male characters. And in some ways I suppose do too. He said female characters are far more complex and far more interesting for a novelist, and I wasn’t really conscious of making Lagertha almost unique as a leading female character in a TV show, but I think she is unique, and I think she is a mother and a wife and she kicks ass."
He added, "And she’s a wonderful role model, absolutely, but unfortunately as a writer I have to punish her again and again, so she’s always losing everything. And I think for women that’s often the price, especially for a powerful woman, that’s the price they pay for achieving anything. So every time you think she’s actually achieved something, risen to the top, and you think, oh things are going to be easy now, they’re not. They never are, for women, then and now, the Dark Ages or now, there are just more problems."
Michael continued, "More issues, more things to solve. More complications to life. So I don’t write the women differently, but I write them in the same way, so the women are as interesting as the men and they don’t just decorate the show. For example, this show is late to air in Ireland, but very few women are watching it in Ireland at the moment and it’s so sad, because they don’t realize that it’s as much about the women characters as about the male characters."
Vikings season three will premiere on the History Channel in 2015 and we are looking forward to seeing more from the strong female characters.