“A great day on set for us is when we have a big battle, lots of action, we get all the shots and nobody gets hurt,” says Richard Ryan, stunt coordinator for the History Channel series “Vikings,” in a new featurette for the action-packed period drama (watch it above).
“Vikings,” which ended the first half of its 20-episode fourth season on April 21, has been nominated for five Emmys in Creative Arts races, but it has yet to break through in the Stunt Coordination contest. However, “this season, I think we’ve got more complex stunts,” says Ryan. “We have the battle on the River Seine going to Paris, which lasted about two weeks, with the biggest day being 45 stunt performers.”
To date the series has earned three bids for its visual effects, one for its main title design and one for sound editing. Ryan himself has yet to be nominated for an Emmy, but he was a SAG winner as a member of the stunt ensemble of “The Dark Knight” (2008).
Last year’s winner for Best Stunt Coordination in a Drama, Limited Series or Movie was “Game of Thrones,” which has in common with “Vikings” its intense battles and gritty, medieval swordplay. But the TV academy has had eclectic taste in this category, also rewarding the contemporary drama “The Blacklist” (2014) and the post-apocalyptic “Revolution” (2013) in recent years.