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Netflix’s new Viking drama series is landing on the streaming platform next month, with promises that viewers can expect ‘heart-pounding, unstoppable action’. You can watch the trailer below:
Vikings: Valhalla is a sequel to the History Channel’s Vikings, which ended in 2020 after six seasons.
With the action taking place a century after the original series, the new programme will focus on some of the most famous Norsemen in history, including Leif Erikson, Freydís Eiríksdóttir, Harald Hardrada and the Norman King and Viking descendent William the Conqueror.
A synopsis from Netflix says: “In this sequel to Vikings, a hundred years have passed and a new generation of legendary heroes arises to forge its own destiny – and make history.”
Michael Hirst, creator of the original series, returns as executive producer, while the cast features the likes of Sam Corlett, Frida Gustavsson and Leo Suter.
According to Tudum, Netflix’s official companion site, the show ‘chronicles the adventures of some of the most famous Vikings who lived 100 years after the original: the legendary explorer Leif Eriksson (Sam Corlett), his tough and headstrong sister Freydis Eriksdotter (Frida Gustavsson) and the ambitious Nordic prince Harald Sigurdsson (Leo Suter)’.
Tudum says: “If there’s one thing we know from the trailer, it’s that the battles never stop.
"After the St. Brice’s Day massacre, when King Aethelred II of England (Bosco Hogan) demands the slaughter of all the Danes on his land, the three protagonists find their fates intertwined.
"With rising tensions between the Vikings and the English royals, they must travel across oceans and through battlefields — from Kattegat to England and beyond — to fight for survival, revenge and glory.”
The move to Netflix has come as a surprise to many, considering that Hulu had the rights to the flagship History Channel show.
However, the show comes with a built-in fanbase and a settled writing and production team, no doubt making it a savvy acquisition for Netflix as it faces increased competition in the streaming arena from Disney+, Apple TV and Amazon.
Hirst previously said in a statement: "I am beyond excited that we are announcing the continuation of our Vikings saga.
"I know that the millions of our fans across the globe will be thrilled by the belief being shown in our show by MGM and Netflix. 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."
Vikings: Valhalla premieres on Netflix on 25 February.