So, I have become addicted to this show, so has the Girlfriend. We use it as a lead-in to Game of Thrones, and History has ordered ten episodes for season 2. I'm curious as to how realistic this show is and if there's anything else like it. This was created by the guy behind the Tudors, a fantastic show. The only thing I would encourage people to see before this show is "Valhalla Rising". The key thing for me is that it's not over-the-top. For the most part, it could very well be a historical documentary, even though I'm sure liberties were taken I don't know what they are. Some aspects of the show, like the constant offers of wife-swapping, seem a bit weirdly placed as reminders of the culture. I would like to see a little more of the world outside of their village, to get a sense of the larger structure of their society. Also, I am becoming a fan of the main actors, especially the guy who plays Ragnar. He seems like a calmer version of Jax Teller from Sons of Anarchy. Finally, if you have not checked this show out, it is fucking beautiful. The scenery is on par with GofT, without the dragons, nudity and hundreds of characters to keep up with (so far).