From the adventures of King Ragnar on HISTORY’s original series, Vikings we have been launched one hundred years into the future to see the exploits of the legendary Greenlander, Leif Eriksson and his sister, Freydis, along with charming Nordic prince, Harald Sigurdsson who wants to someday rule Norway.
The sequel was released on Netflix on February 25 and it is safe to say that it was a massive success with viewers. According to Netflix, the show ranked in the Top 10 on the streaming platform on the first week of its release with over 113 million views in the same time frame. Vikings: Valhalla also hit the Top 10 in over 90 countries across the globe.
Vikings: Valhalla is set on the events that preceded the events of St. Brice’s Day Massacre that saw the mass killing of Danes across England in 1002 ordered by King Æthelred of England. This act, just like the killing of Ragnar in the original series saw the Danes organize an army of revenge led by King Canute and to some degree, Jarl Olaf. The invasion force of the Danes landed and the assault was a brilliant success that cumulated with the collapse of London Bridge masterminded by the Greenlander, Leif Eriksson. This eventually brought about the defeat of King Æthelred’s son and successor, Edmund II Ironside.
By Odin, Netflix has promised that we will stay on course for more vicious battles and gore with the renewal of the show for a second season. There is even better news for fans of the show as filming has already been wrapped up.
The second season of the sequel is set to be released in 2023 though no official date has been confirmed yet. Jeb Stuart, the show’s executive producer and creator had this to say about the new season:
“Thank you to the millions of you who have watched (and rewatched!) Season 1. The numbers have been mind-boggling and beyond my wildest expectations. I’m thrilled to be able to confirm that we wrapped and are already editing Season 2, and that production will start soon on Season 3. While the storylines for Leif, Freydís, Harald, Olaf, Canute and the rest of our amazing cast are secret, I can say without hesitation that their journeys will be even more epic than what you’ve seen so far.” Praise to Freya. Season 3 is already on its way as well.
Some characters have been scheduled to return to reprise their roles. The main trio of characters in Sam Corlett as Leif Eriksson, Frida Gustavsson as Freydís Eiríksdóttir, and Leo Suter as Harald Sigurdsson would be making a return. Laura Berlin as Emma of Normandy, Bradley Freegard as King Canute and Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson as Jarl Olaf. Soren Pilmark’s King Forkbeard would be a lovely return as well for viewers.
At the end of the first season, there were a lot of moving pieces on the board in the power dynamics of England, Scandinavia and to a larger extent, Europe. We start at the end with a new leader over the famous city of Kattegat, Jarl Olaf.
His reign can be said to be pretty short, as it lasted less than ten seconds with King Forkbeard’s ships landing on shore to sack him from a throne he had barely even sat upon.
His brother, Harald Sigurdsson and lover, Freydis barely escaped the ferocious battle to take the city before the landing of Forkbeard’s ships. How Freydis would handle being the Last Daughter of Uppsala is yet to be determined. Prince Harald’s decision to fight alongside the mad Jarl Kåre is sure to be on the mind of a Viking or two.
The show ended with Leif unleashing his inner ‘Erik the Red’ on some rather poor Viking warriors. I for one is worried for the safety of Canute’s boy who got to see that. How Leif would deal with the death of Liv and further grow into the man that journeys to North America and establishes Vinland would be worth keeping an eye on.
King Canute has his eyes set on a great North Sea empire with his eyes set on Denmark, England as his cash cow and the surrounding nations. Jarl Olaf and Canute’s queen, Ælfgifu had tried to hamper those lofty plans but with help from the scheming Godwin, now of Wessex, Queen Emma is back in control of England and Canute’s ships are in the hands of his father, King Forkbeard. But for how long would having Emma of Normandy hold sway for him in England last while he deals with enemies in Denmark? Maybe the English lords would band together and revolt against their Viking rulers. Who would lead the charge? Wessex. Kent. Or maybe the fiercely independent Mercia…
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Chike Echebiri is a writer and movie enthusiast with several years experience in digital content creation.