Praise Odin, reports of a Vikings sequel have been officially confirmed. Teased earlier this year by showrunner Michael Hirst, the spin-off series has been ordered by Netflix (who, in true Viking style, had to battle for the rights to the original show) and is set to take place 100 years after the events of History‘s Vikings.
Although we’re still waiting on Netflix to confirm Viking: Valhalla’s official release date, we suspect the series will be released in 2022.
A 2022 release date is sensible as the sixth and final season of the original series is scheduled to come to a close in 2021. This gives viewers time to process the series finale and gives Netflix two years to film the 24 episodes they’ve ordered (and to get them right).
In the meantime, make sure to check out the sixth and final season of Vikings which begins airing from 5th December on Amazon Prime.
According to Netflix, the new saga will dramatise the adventures of the most famous Vikings who’ve ever lived – including Leif Erikson, Freydis, Harald Harada and William the Conqueror.
“These men and women will blaze new paths as they fight for survival in an ever-changing and evolving Europe. This is the explosive next chapter of the Vikings legend.” – Netflix
These characters are confirmation that the spin-off series will focus on the end of the Viking era which famously ended with the battle of Stamford Bridge in 1066.
“Vikings: Valhalla promises to be everything that fans love about the franchise: heart-pounding, unstoppable action rooted in rich characters and dramatic storytelling that shines the light on family, loyalty and power. We are thrilled to bring the next iteration of the Vikings saga to life with Michael Hirst, Jeb Stuart, Morgan O’Sullivan and MGM Television.” – Netflix’s Vice President of Original Content Channing Dungey
Icelandic Viking explorer Leif Erikson was the first European to set foot in North America (waaaay before Christopher Columbus was even born).
Freydís Eiríksdóttir was the daughter of Erik the Red, the Norse explorer who established the first settlements of Greenland.
Harald Hardrada (also known as Harald of Norway) is often dubbed the ‘last real Viking’. He believed that he was the rightful heir to the English throne because he was a descendant of King Canute of England (sounds like he’s a secret Targaryen to me). He was defeated at the Battle of Stamford Bridge.
Oh c’mon, did you not go to school?
William the Conqueror became the first Norman King of England when he won the Battle of Hastings in 1066. After knocking King Harold off of the throne, he reigned king until his death in 1087.
Valhalla, also known as ‘The Hall of the Fallen’, is an Asgardian palace where the dead who are deemed worthy (usually those killed in battle) are received. The Vikings believed the Odin-ruled hall was a place of honour and happiness.
Therefore, the Vikings: Valhalla title suggests that death is thematic of the new series (hardly a shocker).
Fun Fact: Valhalla is also a mediocre flume ride at Blackpool Pleasure Beach.
Michael Hirst, creator of Vikings, is returning as showrunner of Vikings: Valhalla. He will be working alongside Die Hard writer Jeb Stewart who will also take on the role of executive director.
“I am beyond excited that we are announcing the continuation of our Vikings saga. I know that the millions of our fans across the globe will be thrilled by the belief being shown in our show by MGM and Netflix. Jeb Stuart, a truly wonderful writer, will bring new story-lines and a powerful visceral vision to stories about some of the most famous Vikings known to history.” – Vikings creator Michael Hirst
Season one to five of Vikings are currently streaming on Prime, with season six heading to the streaming service of 5th December. Albeit, expect Netflix to nab Vikings pretty soon as they look to stream it alongside their brand-new sequel series.
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