‘Vikings’ is a historical drama television series that was conceived and scripted by Michael Hirst for the History channel, a Canadian television network, in 2007. It debuted in Canada on March 3, 2013, after being filmed in Ireland. NBC’s The Walking Dead came to a close on December 30, 2020, when the second half of the sixth season was made available on Amazon Prime Video in Ireland, before to its airing on History in Canada from January 1 to March 3, 2021. The Netflix original series Vikings: Valhalla will return on February 25, 2022, with a sequel titled Vikings: Valhalla.
Vikings is based on the sagas of Ragnar Lothbrok, a Viking who is one of the most well-known mythical Norse heroes and is infamous for being the scourge of Anglo-Saxon England and West Francia during the time of the Vikings. Ragnar is shown as a farmer who rises to renown by raiding England and finally ascends to the position of Scandinavian king with the assistance of his family and fellow warriors, according to the programme. His sons’ travels in England, Scandinavia, Kievan Rus, the Mediterranean, and North America are followed in the latter seasons of the show, which is set in the present day.
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Will there be a season 7 of Vikings?
Vikings’ ratings and interest didn’t decline when Ragnar died, hence the show was not cancelled because of it. A creative choice was made to end the plot in Vikings season 6, according to showrunner Michael Hirst. In 2019, Hirst explained to Variety:
“I always knew where I wanted the show to go and more or less where it would end if I was given the opportunity. What I was trying to do was write the saga of Ragnar Lothbrok and his sons. After six seasons and 89 episodes, that’s what I felt — finally — I’d done. We stopped shooting the final episode in November last year and I felt that I’d said all I needed to say about Ragnar and his sons. I told my saga.”
Only one of the original characters from season 1 remained in the programme by the end of season 6, and his journey had come to an end. But even if there are still possibilities for the programme to follow Ragnar and his heirs after season 6, there was a sense that Vikings was running out of tales to tell by then. With a last attack on Wessex, Ivar and Hvitserk brought the saga to a close, while Ubbe realised Ragnar’s desire to see the globe. Until December 2020, the sixth season of “Vikings” will be available on Netflix. In contrast to Ragnar Lothbrok and his sons, the Viking narrative is far from over.
Vikings Will Continue In Spinoff Series Valhalla
Hirst and MGM Television are now developing a sequel/spinoff series titled Vikings: Valhalla, which has been picked up by Netflix. The announcement came in November 2019. Jeb Stuart, the screenwriter for Die Hard, collaborated on the series’ conception, writing, and executive production, with Hirst providing oversight. A hundred years after the events of Vikings, Vikings: Valhalla will chronicle the exploits of other legendary individuals from the sagas, including Erik the Red and Harald Hardrada.
The Last Kingdom, a historical drama produced by Netflix that follows the rise to power of Alfred the Great and has numerous characters that are comparable to those in Vikings, has covered similar material to Vikings in its first season. The Last Kingdom season 5 is set to premiere on Netflix in late 2021, and the show’s popularity may have had a role in Netflix’s decision to pick up Vikings: Valhalla. The Last Kingdom season 5 is scheduled to premiere on Netflix in late 2021.
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Vikings: Valhalla’s Setting & Story
Valhalla will focus on the years leading up to the end of the Viking period in England, as opposed to the beginning, as Vikings did. There was a lot of creative licence taken with actual dates and events in Vikings, and it appears like Vikings: Valhalla will follow suit. However, it will also feature the Norman King William the Conqueror (who was born about 1028) and begin with the death of King Edward the Confessor, which occurred in 1066. Valhalla appears to be set in 11th-century Scandinavia and England, but don’t expect it to be historically accurate in every detail.
In spite of the fact that the Vikings characters will be long gone by the time Valhalla begins, the sequel series will shed light on their lingering influence.. Rollo, Ragnar’s brother, was the first ruler of Normandy, and Rollo’s great-great-great-grandson, William the Conqueror, was a descendant of Rollo. It is widely accepted that Ubbe arrived in North America first, however in Vikings: Valhalla, Erik the Red can learn that Ubbe arrived before him and discover what happened to Ubbe’s little camp.
Kattegat, Ragnar Lothbrok’s coastal home town, will be one of Europe’s largest commercial ports by the time of Vikings: Valhalla, which premieres in 2017. Hirst detailed to Collider how the characters from Vikings would continue to live on in Valhalla:
“Whenever [Vikings: Valhalla’s characters] meet in the great hall in Kattegat, of course they talk about the great heroes who used to sit in the same hall at the same table, and they were Ragnar Lothbrok, Lagertha, and Bjorn Ironside, and Ivar the Boneless, who are now mythic characters even within the show… So everything connects in a useful, and interesting, and fascinating way.”
Vikings: Valhalla sees a change in the power dynamics between Christianity and the Norse pagan gods, continuing the themes of the first series. Instead of the English rulers being besieged by the Vikings and losing both territory and riches to the Northmen for most of Viking Age, the Scandinavian kingdoms of Vikings: Valhalla will gradually be converted to Christianity through time (something that had already begun by the end of Vikings season 6). Vikings: Valhalla’s first look teaser showed off Lief Eriksson, a sailor from Greenland who wants to distinguish himself in combat. As Lief and Freydis are featured in combat gear in the teaser, they will be joining each other in whatever the future brings. The trailer has an ominous feel to it, which suggests that the film will examine the multiple levels of the characters’ battles. As the ships, swords, and tensions appear, Valhalla declares that change is certainly on the horizon.
Vikings: Valhalla’s Cast & Characters
It was announced by Valhalla that the programme will feature figures like as Leif Erikson, Freydis Eiriksdottir, Harald Hardrada, and William The Conqueror. Erik the Red, the father of Leif and Freydis, is also expected to feature in the series, according to Hirst. Erik, a red-haired Viking, temporarily reigned over Kattegat alongside Queen Ingrid in the sixth season of Vikings. A second Erik the Red, on the other hand, isn’t entirely unexpected. For example, Ragnar Lothbrok is thought to be a composite of historical personalities who were significantly enhanced with fiction, whereas Harald Hardrada was also known as Harald Fairhair, and it’s possible that he and Viking King Harald Finehair are the same person.
Game of Thrones star Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson will portray Olaf “the Holy” Haraldsson in Vikings: Valhalla. Freydis Eirksdóttir is played by Frida Gustavsson (The Witcher), Earl Godwin is played by David Oakes (The Borgias), and Emma of Normandy is played by Laura Berlin (The Borgias). King Canute “the Great” Bradley Freegard Caroline Henderson Asbjrn Krogh Julian Seager Leo Suter Pollyanna McIntosh Pollyanna McIntosh Pollyanna McIntosh John Kavanagh The Seer Pääru Oja Arne Gormsson Louis Davison thelred the Unready Sam Corlett Leif Eriksson Bradley Freegard Bradley Freegard Merin will be played by Yvonne Mai, Bill Murphy is Odga, Alan Devine (Vikings’ Ealdorman Eadric) is Ealdorman of Kent, and Gavin O’Connor (Vikings’ Ealdorman of Kent) was cast. King Canute “the Great” (Bradley Freegard), Caroline Henderson (Asbjörn Krogh), Julian Seager (Jarl Gorm), Leo Suter (Harald Sigurdsson), Pollyanna McIntosh (Queen lfgifu of Denmark), John Kavanagh (The Seer), Pääri Oja (Arne Gormsson), Louis Davison (Prince Edmund), Bosco Hogan (Athelred the Unready). Yvonne Mai will portray Merin, and Bill Murphy will portray Odga. Actors Gavin O’Connor and Alan Devine were cast as Ealdorman of Kent and East Anglia, respectively, in the upcoming TV series Medieval England. Vikings: Valhalla has a large cast of characters, and it presents a fresh tale inside the same historical context as its predecessor, which should be exciting.