Although it seemed that it would never happen, after six seasons ‘ Vikings ‘ has said goodbye to its fans. However, although the fiction that began starring Ragnar Lothbrok will not have more chapters, its story will continue to live thanks to the new spin-off created by Michael Hirst , ‘Valhalla’. We’ve been hearing about this new series coming to Netflix for months, but the two big questions are: What will this new series be about? And when can we enjoy it? We review everything we know – and we will update as news arrives – of this new Nordic bet.
Although the History Channel original series has come through different channels depending on the country (in Spain it has been via TNT), its spin-off has moved to Netflix, which will broadcast the series exclusively . As stated by MGM President of Television Production and Development Steve Stark, “‘Valhalla’ has been a labor of love for everyone involved. And as we look forward to the continuation of this great saga, we are thrilled to know that fans of all the world will have the opportunity to continue the series in their new home on Netflix. ”
What we do know is that this project is headed by the same creator of ‘Vikings’, that is, Michael Hirst . He will act as a scriptwriter but also an executive producer alongside MGM Television. He will help you with the script and will work as showrunner Jeb Stuart (‘The Fugitive’). As Hirst announced in a statement, “Jeb Stuart, a truly wonderful writer, will bring new stories and powerful visceral insight to stories about some of the most famous Vikings known to history.” Morgan O’Sullivan , co-executive producer on ‘Vikings’, who will repeat the role in this spin-off, is also confirmed .
Filming on the series began in the summer of 2020 at Ashford Studios in Ireland, although it had to be suspended for several days due to a team member testing positive for COVID-19 . Things to shoot in the middle of a pandemic. Even so, the recordings continued. Delays are piling up on the project: filming should have started in early 2020 and may have been released in the next few weeks (after the end of ‘Vikings’), but now we are aiming towards the end of 2021 to see the finished series on Netflix . If the pandemic allows it!
This new series will transport us a century after the events seen in ‘Vikings’. Yes, we will travel 100 years into the future, around “1066 and the invasion of England by a descendant of Rollo,” Hirst anticipated. Here we will know the stories of great Vikings in history such as Leif Erikson, Freydis, Harald Harada and King William the Conqueror.
” One of the great problems is the Christianization of the pagan world ,” Hirst already advanced in a statement collected in Entertainment Tonight . ” You’re going to see Christian Viking armies fighting pagan Viking armies, and that’s really interesting . ”
For its part, “Vikings: Valhalla promises to be everything fans love about the franchise,” Netflix executive Channing Dungey said in a statement. “Hard-hitting, unstoppable action based on rich characters and dramatic storytelling that illuminates family, loyalty, and power” is what we’re about to see.
Given that the story will take place 100 years after ‘Vikings’, it is likely that we will not see the same characters again , since they will all be dead for that new stage of history. But we will see their descendants. The lineage continues. Still, as the creator of the series advanced, we may see “familiar faces . ”
We will update as soon as possible. Now that ‘Vikings’ has finished its television journey with the premiere of its last episodes in January 2021, we hope that the arrival of its ‘spin-off’ is imminent.