‘Vikings‘ is a History Channel original historical drama television series. Created and written by Michael Hirst, the show, as its name suggests, explores a period of Viking history, with a particular focus on one legendary Norse hero.
A rather old show, Season 1 of ‘Vikings’, consisting of nine episodes, premiered on March 3, 2013, and ran up to April 28, 2013. Season 1 received outstanding reviews from critics and a lot of praise from viewers. Unsurprisingly, even before Season 1 finished airing, History renewed ‘Vikings’ for a 10-episode Season 2, which premiered the following year, on February 27, 2014. Season 2 received even more critical acclaim and praise from viewers, prompting History to order a 10-episode Season 3, which then premiered on February 19, 2015.
Following Season 3’s success, History resorted to ordering 20 episodes per season to be released in two halves of 10 episodes each. Seasons 4 and 5 followed this format, and the two parts of Season 4 premiered on February 18 and November 30, 2016, while the two parts of Season 5 premiered on November 29, 2017 and November 28, 2018.
Interestingly, with the popularity of ‘Vikings’ at an all-time high following Season 4, History, on September 12, 2017, also ordered a 20-episode Season 6 of the show, to be aired in 2019. While that’s great news for fans of the show, the sad part is that Season 6 will be last we see of the bloodthirsty marauders from Northern Europe. Here’s everything you need to know about the final season of the show.
Vikings Cast: Who is in it?
Obviously, owing to Vikings spanning a lengthy six seasons, the list of cast members is an expansive one.
Among the main cast members, Travis Fimmel played the main protagonist of the show, Ragnar Lothbrok, for four seasons, till his character was killed in the show. Shieldmaiden and Ragnar’s first wife, Lagertha, is played by Kathryn Winnick through all the seasons. However, in Season 5, Mabel Hurley plays the role of a young Lagertha briefly.
Other important members of the main cast include Clive Standen as Ragnar’s brother Rollo, Jessalyn Gilsig as Rollo’s romantic interest Siggy, Gustaf Skarsgård as Floki, George Blagden as Athelstan, Gabriel Byrne as Earl Haraldson, Alyssa Sutherland as Aslaug, Alexander Ludwig as Bjorn Ironside, John Kavanagh as The Seer, Peter Franzén as Harald Finehair, Moe Dunford as Aethelwulf, Alex Høgh as Ivar the Boneless, Marco Ilsø as Hvitserk, Jordan Patrick Smith as Ubbe, and Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Bishop Heahmund, to name a few.
All the core cast members will be back for the sixth season of the show. This includes Katheryn Winnick as Lagertha, Gustaf Skarsgård as Floki, Peter Franzén as Harald Finehair, Alex Høgh as Ivar the Boneless, Marco Ilsø as Hvitserk, Jordan Patrick Smith as Ubbe, and Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Bishop Heahmund. No new additions to the cast have been made at this time, but keep checking back with us as we will update this section as soon as any new casting news emerges.
Vikings Plot: What is it about?
‘Vikings’ is a show that is inspired by tales and historical accounts of Norse peoples in early medieval Scandinavia. Based on the 13th-century sagas Ragnars saga Loðbrókar and Ragnarssona þáttr, as well as in Saxo Grammaticus’s 12th-century work Gesta Danorum, the show follows the conquests and the exploits of legendary Viking chieftain Ragnar Lothbrok, who rises to power from the position of a lowly farmer.
Although several historical accounts, such as the Viking raid on Lindisfarne in England in 793 AD and the travelogues of Ahmad ibn Fadlan, are taken into consideration, ‘Vikings’ is not a show which is completely accurate as far as history is concerned. That being said, the show does a good job at dramatizing Ragnar’s exploits, as well as the exploits of Ragnar’s descendants after his death. It is a show replete with violence, conquests, and romance, and as far as television is concerned, it brings the Viking period to life through its engaging storytelling.
Despite being based on history, ‘Vikings’ is a show that is best enjoyed without spoilers, so if you haven’t seen it and are interested in its subject matter, we recommend that you start immediately. While the plot details of Season 6 aren’t very clear as of now, we’re pretty sure that it’ll be one hell of a finale to the show. What we do know is that a major character is going to be killed in the final season.
In terms of reception, ‘Vikings’ has done exceptionally well among television critics, and it enjoys a brilliant overall score of 91% on Rotten Tomatoes, with Season 3 boasting a perfect score of 100%. Among viewers, too, the show enjoys immense popularity, and it has a brilliant overall rating of 8.6/10 on IMDb, based on over 330,000 votes.
Vikings Season 6 Release Date: When is it coming out?
‘Vikings’ Season 5 part 1 premiered on November 29, 2017, whereas part 2 released November 28, 2018. The show was renewed for its sixth season on September 12, 2017, ahead of the premiere of its fifth season. Subsequently, in January 2019, History, to the dismay of fans, confirmed that Season 6 would be the last season of ‘Vikings’. However, as it stands, History has not announced any release date for Season 6.
Going by precedents set by earlier seasons, we suspect that the 20-episode Season 6 will be released in two separate parts, like Seasons 4 and 5 before it. Further, going by trend set by earlier seasons, we expect the first part of Vikings Season 6 to release sometime in Fall or Winter 2019. As for the second part of Vikings Season 6, we don’t know when it will air, considering that earlier seasons with two parts were aired after intervals spanning months to intervals extending to a year. We will update this section with news about the exact release dates of the two parts of Season 6, once reliable information on the same surfaces.
While we wait for History to announce the release dates for the two parts of Season 6, the good news is that a promo (albeit a very short one) has been released for Season 6. It only gives a brief glimpse into what the next season could be about. When History releases a full-length trailer for Season 6, we will be sure to update this section to reflect the same.
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