Assemble, fellow Vikings!
It has been a long wait since Netflix announced it would be releasing a spin-off series, Vikings:Valhalla, from the original Irish-Canadian drama, Vikings. Seven years after its premiere, The Vikings came to an end with the finale episode, The Last Act, on December 30, 2020. “Channing Dungey, VP of Original Series at Netflix, says that Vikings: Valhalla promises to be everything that fans love about the franchise.” Game of Thrones and Vikings were frequently compared. Now that both series are getting a spinoff, the Game of Thrones vs Vikings conversation will only grow longer.
Steve Saint Leger is currently attached to direct three episodes of season one. He has directed a number of episodes in the main Vikings series. Niels Arden Oplev, the BAFTA-winning Danish director who has directed episodes of Mr Robot and Under the Dome, is also expected to direct one or more episodes of Vikings: Valhalla‘s first season. Hannah Quinn has also been revealed as one of the directors for Vikings: Valhalla‘s first season. Her most recent works are Fate: The Winx Saga and The Stranger. For Vikings fans, the location is incredibly special and familiar: Ashford Studios in Wicklow, Ireland. This is the same site where the first season of the show was filmed.
Here’s everything about the Netflix spin-off series Vikings: Valhalla:
What is Vikings: Valhalla about?
Vikings: Valhalla tells the story of an 11th-century invasion of England. The series takes place 100 years after the original Vikings ended. The series will follow the legendary Viking, Leif Erikson, who is a renowned explorer and the son of Erik the Red. In Viking Lore, Leif sailed to North America 500 years before Christopher Columbus, a voyage we might see in the series. His sister Freydis will be the leader of Scandinavia’s Old Norse Religion, which stands against the spread of Christian influence in her homelands. Harald Sigurdsson was a handsome and charismatic prince revered in Viking lore for his Danish and English throne claims. As these three travel the world, the conflicts between Vikings and English royals-as well as between pagan Vikings and Christian Vikings-escalate to the point of no return and eventually the end of the Viking Age.
In an announcement, Netflix stated that the story will follow these men and women “as they fight for survival in an ever-changing and evolving Europe” in the “explosive” next chapter of the saga.
The official Netflix page has been updated with a synopsis that is:
The all-new VIKINGS: VALHALLA begins in the early 11th century and chronicles the legendary adventures of some of the most famous Vikings who ever lived—Leif Eriksson, Freydis Eriksdotter, Harald Hardrada, and the Norman King William the Conqueror. These men and women will blaze a path as they fight for survival in the ever-changing and evolving world.
Who is the cast of Vikings: Valhalla? Will the Vikings’ cast return for the spin-off?
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Since the spin-off is set 100 years after the original Vikings series, the show will have an entirely new cast. Sam Corlett stars as Leif Erikson, Frida Gustavsson (The Witcher) will play Leif’s strong-willed sister Freydis Eriksdotter, and Leo Suter (Sanditon) will play Nordic prince Harald Sigurdson. Vikings: Valhalla also stars Laura Berlin as the ambitious Emma of Normandy, Bradley Freegard as the Danish King Canute, Johannes Haukur Jóhannesson as Harald’s half-brother Olaf, David Oakes as the English counselor Earl Godwin, Caroline Henderson as the Kattegat Jarl Haakon, Pollyanna McIntosh as the Danish Queen Ælfgifu, and Asbjorn Krogh Nissen as Jarl Kåre.
The original Vikings Characters like Angel of Death (Karen Conell), Ancient Seer (John Kavanagh) may reprise their roles in Vikings: Valhalla.
Vikings: Valhalla First Look and Trailer
“This blood is not my blood. It is our blood. It is Viking blood, “says Harald Sigurdsson in the teaser. The first look was released four months ago and the trailer two weeks ago on January 18, 2022, with the caption: “London Bridge is falling down.”
When will Vikings: Valhalla be on Netflix?
The first season of Vikings: Valhalla will consist of eight episodes. The entire season will be available on Netflix on February 25, 2022. The upcoming Netflix spin-off has reportedly been ordered with 24 episodes, so after this one, we can look forward to two more seasons.