Important scheduling note: Ragnarok, a.k.a. the Viking apocalypse, is predicted to occur on February 22. Now we'll never find out what happens in True Detective!

No less an authority than NPR reports:

According to Norse mythology, the end of times has been brewing for about 100 days. It all started when the wolf son of Loki broke out of prison and the giant Midgard Serpent rose from the sea.

That puts on on track for an epic throw-down between monsters and the Norse gods Thor, Odin, Loki and their crew. NPR's source for this claim? England's Jorvik Viking Center, who are the organizers of the annual Jorvik Viking Festival, which oh-so-conveniently culminates on—you guessed it!—February 22. The director told the Yorkshire Post:

"The eyes of the world's media are set to be on York on the evening of February 22 as our countdown to Ragnarok comes to an end, and if the prediction does come true, we are determined to go out with a bang.

"The legend of Ragnarok tells of the fall of the Norse gods and the birth of a new world, but, of course, if we wake up to the same old world on the morning of Sunday, February 23, we'll have no regrets – our celebrations also mark Jolablot, the Viking feast to hail the coming of spring, which to many people is the annual rebirth of the world!"


It's so nice when the apocalypse is perfectly timed to sell festival tickets, right? But at this point, I'm cool with anything that breaks up the monotony of this endless winter, especially if it involves this guy:


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