Hail Be to Odin! A Vikings Sequel Series is Coming to Netflix

The popular historical drama Vikings is making a triumphant return as a spinoff of the original set a hundred years after the events of the series finale. The series, titled Vikings: Valhalla, is set to premiere sometime in 2021.

The now Netflix Original showcases the gradual decline of the viking presence in England, eliciting the rise of a newly formed allied monarchy amongst three lords that all hail claim to the royal throne. As one would imagine, drama ensues.

There are also appearances from historically famed vikings Leif Erikson, Freydís Eiríksdóttir, Harald Hardrada, and William the Conqueror. Listed below is the official cast list for Vikings: Valhalla.

Creator of the original series Michael Hirst released a statement regarding the difference between this new series and the last:

“It couldn’t be on a greater scale than the final episodes of my Vikings. Because the armies and the big battles we had… You really can’t get much bigger than that, actually. But what can I say” “It is being made in the same places, a lot of it. We go back to Kattegat. That, of course, is the spiritual home of the Vikings. But it’s a changed Kattegat. It’s an established… It’s one of the biggest ports really, trading ports in Europe. It’s grown in size and significance.”

Despite the critical debate surrounding the last two seasons, the internet has shown a lot of love and anticipation for the show’s release. As a fan myself, I will say that although I thought the series lost its spark after Ragnar (spoilers ahead) was killed off. It feeling was comparable to the controversial death of Jon Snow in Game of Thrones. But thanks to the wonderful loopholes of fantasy writing, the writers waved their ball point wands and BOOM—he is magically brought back to life. Unfortunately for us, Vikings don’t play that sh*t.

While we are on the topic, I must say at first it made no sense to me as to why so many of my peers prefer Game of Thrones to Vikings. Sure one was a blood fueled orgy of gratuitous violence, sex and nudity—killing off momentarily important characters at random like some sort of artistically mad Russian roulette. But hey, at least Vikings is based on history, right?

That is what made this series unique, its distinct (although not always accurate) historical ties. Sure its first debut was on the History Channel, the same channel that repeatedly airs the questionable and factually challenged Ancient: Aliens as much as MTV airs Ridiculousness, but one cannot deny the impressive writing and production value put forth in this particular show. Thanks to MGM, Vikings blossomed from a risky investment to a prime time, axe flailing, Saxon impaling, longship sailing binge fest.

As a man with Scandinavian roots, it was refreshing to see some accurate representation of a culture long forgotten. Vikings were pioneers in a number of modern and surprisingly progressive practices that we still use today (gender equality, frequent bathing and grooming, burning their deceased and even skiing).

So be patient my bearded brethren, sharpen your axes, fill your flagon and bang your shield, because the gates of Valhalla draw near. Skål! That’s “cheers” in Scandinavian for all you Saxon swine.

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