After the success of the original Viking series, the Vikings are sets for a return to the heart and screen of waiting viewers. The original series which premiered in Canada on March 3, 2013 followed the story of a Norse hero Ragnar Lothbrok and his family, as he rose from a farmer in Kattegat to a legendary king and conqueror. After the demise of
Ragnar in Season 4, the series continued with the adventures of his sons, predominantly Bjorn Ironside and Ivar the boneless.
The original series concluded on December 6, 2020 after 6 seasons which gathered mixed but mostly positive reviews from critics. Although the series was loosely based on the lives of an actual historical figure of the same name, Vikings did not accurately depict the story of the life and times of Ragnar Lothbrok in accordance with any known historical account. The show mirrored some actual facts and combined them with fiction to create a rendition that appealed to fans all over the world.
A sequel to the series is set to premiere on Netflix on February 25, 2022 titled Vikings: Valhalla. The new series is created and written by Jeb Straut, and is set over a century after the events of the original Vikings series. It is rumored that the series will tell the tales of some of the most renowned and best-known Vikings in history. The extent to which the new series will depict actual historical evidence however is yet unknown. Plot points however reveal that the series will show the end of the Viking age, as marked by the battle of Stamford Bridge in 1066. The lead characters in the series are the legendary Viking heroes Leif Eriksson, Freydis Eriksdottir and Herald Hardrada who wails from Kattegat to England, fighting for survival and for glory.
The series started filming in October 2020 at the Ashford Studios studio where the original Viking series were filmed. Production on the second season is rumored to have wrapped up in November 2021 and directors with such renown as Steve Saint Leger (who directed several episodes of the original series), Niels Arden Oplev (BAFTA
winning director) and Hannah Quinn. The showcases Sam Corlette as Leif Eriksson, Frida Gustavsson as Freydis Eriksdottir and it returns the legacy of Ragnar Lothbrok to our screens even though the hero is long dead.