Seeing Karen Hassan naked in the infamous whipping scene must be the best thing to ever come out of the History Channel. Yes, I do mean that History Channel. Those who remember their series Vikings will probably remember that it had an exceptional amount of rather graphic nudity, all the way up to full frontal. Canadian television really is in a league of its own. We never got a Karen Hassan nude scene that included full frontal nudity, and in fact, we didn’t get too many of them from her as a whole, but what we did get made a lot of guys really, really happy.
For those who have been keeping up with the franchise, and I exclude myself from that, a sequel series – Vikings: Valhalla – got picked up by Netflix and aired its first season last year. I haven’t watched it, but from what I understand, even though it does have nude scenes, there are far fewer of them and they are less graphic and gratuitous compared to the ones in the original Vikings. There’s something mildly depressing about the fact that film and television nudity has become so objectionable in the 2020s that a History Channel production from less than a decade ago seems like a Jesus Franco film by comparison. Oh well, trends are cyclical, so here’s to hoping we go back to how things used to be at some point so that this era of 4K Ultra HD isn’t wasted exclusively on close-ups of rubber penises.
The first episode of Vikings in which we got to see Karen Hassan nude was the finale of Season 3, titled The Dead. This was the Belfast beauty’s third appearance on the show, having been introduced as the character Therese, the sister-lover (Lannister vibes, anyone?) of Roland. She then goes on to enter a false relationship with her brother’s rival, which she facilitates by engaging in his BDSM fetish and getting whipped with a cat o’ nine tails in his sex dungeon.
As said earlier, we don’t actually get to see the full frontal, but there is a great shot of Karen Hassan’s ass and sideboob, so it is implied (about as heavily as is visually possible) that she is indeed completely naked during Count Odo’s floggings of her. The bad news kicks in with the fact that we are only treated to two of these, and in the second one, she is almost fully dressed. I’m talking about the one that comes in during the sixth episode of the fourth season. Therese even asks him if he wants her to get undressed, but he declines, instead opting to simply pull the back of her dress up, exposing her ass for a bit of butt punishment.
Outside of the dungeon antics, we do get to see Karen Hassan topless once more, and it’s during a sex scene with her brother in the third episode of the fourth season. Unfortunately, the lighting in this scene is even more coy than in her nude scenes that are literally set in a windowless basement, so there’s no more than a few blurry flashes of nipple to fap to. All that said, if you’ve enjoyed the Northern Irish actress’ lewd scene in Hollyoaks – the one with Lynsey Nolan’s wet shirt – this is a huge step up. Considering Vikings contained the actress’ nude debut and her only nude scenes, given how much time has passed, it seems like we may not ever get to see Karen Hassan nude again, but at least we can enjoy all three of her newly color corrected scenes from that series below.