After six seasons, the “Vikings” finally said goodbye to their fans in December 2020. While the story that began with Ragnar Lothbrok in the title role seemed to be over, its story will live on thanks to a new spin-off created by Michael Hearst, Valhalla.
This new series will take us a century after the events seen in the “Vikings”. We’ll travel a century year in the future in 1066. Here we learn the stories of the great Vikings in history, such as Leif Erikson, Freydis, Harald Harada, and King William the Conqueror.
“Vikings: Valhalla”(VIkings season 8) begins in the early 11th century and tells the story of the legendary adventures of some of the most famous Vikings who ever lived: Leif Eriksson, Freydis Eriksdotter, Norman King William, and Harald Hardrad the Conqueror. These men and women will pave the way for survival in a world of constant change and evolution.”
WHO CREATED NETFLIX VIKINGS: VALHALLA?-VIKINGS SEASON 8
Original Vikings writer and creator Michael Hearst (The Tudors, Elizabeth) will serve as executive producer of valhalla in collaboration with MGM Television. Veteran Hollywood screenwriter Jeb Stewart designed and co-wrote this new series. His experience in writing classic action games like The Fugitive should provide fierce authenticity and dynamic clashes for this spin-off.
Behind the camera, director Steve Saint-Léger (“Vikings”, “Barbarians”) shot three episodes of the season Niels Arden Oplev and Hannah Quinn will also share the directorial duties in the debut film “Vikings: Valhalla”.
VIKINGS 8 LAUNCH DATE
While the original series was History Channel and has arrived on various channels and streaming services around the world, this spin-off moves directly to Netflix, where I’ll be streaming exclusively. As MGM’s president of television production and development Steve Stark said, Valhalla was a work of love for everyone involved. And as we look forward to continuing this great saga, we’re thrilled that fans around the world will have the chance to continue the series in their new place on Netflix.”
The premiere of “Vikings: Valhalla” will take place on February 25, 2022.
Despite the brevity, Netflix revealed a teaser trailer for the series during its TUDUM event on September 25. A quick look introduced some of the main players in the show, and also revealed how violent some of the fight scenes would be. Like the original Vikings series, Valhalla seems to cover the vast scale of the Viking world, with a teaser showing battles, boats, kingdoms, and more to look forward to when the series premieres.
VIKINGS SEASON 8 CAST
Valhalla boasts a grand epic cast that includes:
One of the most famous Viking actors, John Kavanagh, will be as Ancient Seer in his role. In addition to Kavana and other familiar Viking faces seem in Valhalla in both recurring characters and new ones, including Karen Connell, Bosco Hogan, and Gavan O’Connor Duffy.
- Sam Corlett as Leif Eriksson (The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina)
- Frida Gustavsson as Leif’s sister Freidis Eriksdotter (The Witcher)
- Leo Suter as Viking berserker Harald Sigurdsson (The Liberator)
- Johannes Haukur Jóhannesson as as Harald’s half-brother, Olaf Haraldson (Cursed)
- Bradley Freegard as as King Canute, the King of Denmark (Keeping Faith)
- Laura Berlin as Emma of Normandy (Breaking Even)
- David Oakes as Earl Godwin (The Borgias)
- Caroline Henderson as Jarl Haakon (Christmas Star)
- Pollyanna McIntosh as Queen Elfgifu of Denmark
PREMISE AND SPOILERS
The action takes place 100 years after the imprisonment of the Vikings. We have already covered a few decades in six seasons of Viking, but fans will experience a huge leap forward in time as Valhalla rises 100 years after the events of the original series. Given the time and some of the characters, it’s likely that Valhalla will detail the end of the Viking Age, which is also appropriate given that the show is named after the mystical hall that the Viking warriors believed they would go to after their deaths.
It will feature some of the most famous Vikings. The series will follow the adventures of famous Vikings Leif Erickson (Sam Corlett), the first European to travel to North America; Freidis (Frida Gustavsson), Leif’s sister, who fearless and ambitious warrior; and Harald Sigurdsson (Leo Suter), King of Norway, who unsuccessfully tried to claim the Danish and English thrones.
WILL THERE BE A VIKINGS: VALHALLA SEASON 2?
It’s a loud YES shouting out of the icy Icelandic fjords! And not only season 2, but also season 3 is not coming. Hearst previously announced that the Valhalla narrative will unfold over at least three seasons, consisting of 24 separate chapters. We welcome that commitment in the era of debut one-on-one seasons. So rest assured that after the first weekend (or a slow evaluation of the premiere season), viewers can expect a lot of new adventures.
Production of the second season ended in November 2021, and we should see the next eight-episode episode sometime in late 2022, but more likely in early 2023.