Here’s all we know about Netflix’s ‘Vikings: Valhalla’ sequel
We’ve been experiencing some major feels over the sixth and final season of Vikings beginning December 4th. While we could easily watch another five seasons of Ragnar Lothbrok, we know that any show based on real-world history is going to hit its limits.
Thankfully, word is out that Netflix is picking up a Vikings sequel series, titled Vikings: Valhalla, and has already ordered an epic (for Netflix) 24 episodes. Here’s everything we know about the continuing escapades of our medieval Nordic icons.
Behind-the-scenes dream team
Netflix is already putting its best foot forward by securing some of the very best talent to get this series up and running. Vikings Creator and Executive Producer Michael Hirst, together with studio MGM Television, will be heading up the Vikings: Valhalla series.
Hirst’s credits beyond Vikings include period powerhouses Elizabeth (1998) and The Tudors (2007), distinguishing him as one of the preeminent history screenwriters today.
Hirst has tagged Jeb Stuart as both writer & showrunner of the new Netflix series. Stuart’s credits include blockbusters The Fugitive and Die Hard. Hirst clearly has high hopes for the collaboration, revealing in a statement that “Jeb Stuart, a truly wonderful writer, will bring new storylines and a powerful visceral vision to stories about some of the most famous Vikings known to history”.
Additionally, Hirst brings along his co-executive producer from the current Vikings series, Morgan O’Sullivan. With a commitment from Sullivan and the majority of the current Vikings team, the new Netflix series promises the same high-quality stories and production we’ve come to expect from the franchise.
Riveting new storyline
Netflix’s Vikings: Valhalla will begin about 100 years after the conclusion of Vikings. Taking on new stories of some of the most famous Vikings in history, this series promises to include the adventures of Leif Erikson, Freydis, Harald Harada and the Norman King William the Conqueror (also a Viking descendant).
Netflix and Hirst promise to bring some of their own magic to these action-packed Viking legends’ stories. Each of these Viking tales could probably hold up its own series. Including the paths of four different legends ensures no shortage of historical material.
Netflix becomes your history source
While the original Vikings series can only be streamed on Hulu and Amazon Prime Video, the word is out that Netflix will be pursuing the streaming rights to History’s Vikings series to go along with Vikings: Valhalla.
Netflix has also picked up Jeb Stuart’s most recent project, an animated World War II drama series The Liberator. History-lovers will get a preview of Stuart’s work as creator, writer and executive producer of the four-part series we hope to see in 2020.
Taking into account the success of history-based Netflix shows such as Peaky Blinders, The Crown, and The Last Kingdom, we expect Netflix to have an eye out for more better-than-fiction stories. If Netflix can keep up the quality of those gems, we can’t wait to see what’s next.