From King Ragnar to Ivar the Boneless and Bjorn Ironside, HISTORY’s Vikings took us all through a six-season journey that was both brutal and mysterious from start to finish. And just when we thought we had seen the last of the Northmen, Netflix has announced that more have been seen on the horizon sailing straight at us.
The new series, Vikings: Valhalla is set 100 years after the adventures of Ragnar and his sons took them from Scandinavia to many new lands across the seas. The new show is still very much steeped in exploration and brutal violence just as we like it. The show would boast a host of new historical characters from Leif Eriksson to King Canute (historically styled as Cnut) all of whom harbor different plans and ambitions for their peoples, strong desires to protect their own lands while seeking power and influence abroad.
Is Ragnar in Vikings: Valhalla?
The legendary Northman and scourge of England, Ragnar Lothbrok won’t be returning to the show. This spin off is set 100 years after the events in the original series and King Ragnar was thrown in a pit filled with snakes on that show. Nothing to worry about though, there are new characters and legends to fall in love with.
Valhalla. What Does It Mean To a Viking?
Valhalla. In Norse mythology, it is sometimes referred to as Odin’s Hall. A hall where warriors slain in battle get to feast with the god Odin. Daily they dine over a slain boar, fight each other for sport and get drenched in liquor. There’s never a good Viking gathering without alcohol, is there? To make Valhalla is the ultimate goal for any true Viking.
The Cast and Characters
The new show Vikings: Valhalla boasts a host of new and intriguing characters. There are three in particular to look out for amongst others. Sam Corlett plays Leif Eriksson, the legendary Northman famous for establishing the first Norse settlement in Greenland. Son to Erik the Red, he strives to ensure his own legacy. Then there is Freydís Eiríksdóttir played by Frida Gustavsson, she is sister to Leif Eriksson and is also famed for her part in the discovery of what is now known as America. Freydís is a strong-willed woman who is loyal to the old gods and lives on her own terms. Leo Suter plays Harald Sigurdsson, Norse and Christian. A prince with designs on being king. We can see how that might be challenging.
Vikings: Valhalla promises a lot and we cannot wait to be thrown into all the hack and slash of the age. Remember. You are here because you are Vikings. Skol.
The Trailer Is Out!
From sailing across turbulent seas to crossing swords with the English, the trailer for the new spin off was released by Netflix on Monday, and it promises to offer a new bloody entrance into the history of the Viking era.
Vikings: Valhalla is set to be released on February 25th on Netflix. The chaos brewing between the Christian Northmen and those still loyal to the old gods will be on full display.
This post was submitted by Makuochi Echebiri
Makuochi “Mark” Echebiri is a freelance writer with several years of experience. He has been interested in creative writing from as far back as high school. Obsessed with storytelling and having works of his own that have yet to make it to print, he is content to use that ability to communicate to as many as are reachable. He has a particular interest in historical works and thrillers. With his spare time, he looks out for avenues where he can aid people aside from his plans to rule the world. Yes…you heard that first here.