Vikings: Valhalla will air on Netflix rather than the History Channel as Vikings did for most of its airing. Here is what happened.
The world of Vikings will expand with the suite series Vikings: Valhalla, which will stream on Netflix instead of the History Channel – but why? Historical dramas have built an following in recent years, and one of the most popular TV shows of this genre is Vikings. Created by Michael Hirst (The Tudors), Vikings premiered on the History Channel in 2013 and started out as a miniseries, but it was so well received that it was quickly renewed for a second season. Vikings ended in December 2020 after six seasons and a lot of drama and conflict between its characters, as well as a lot of story changes.
Vikings has gone through many changes over the six seasons, and he first followed the legendary Norse figure Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel) and his travels and raids alongside his Viking brothers, since the beginning of the Viking Age, marked by the Lindisfarne raid (seen in season 1), onwards. As the series progressed, it focused on Ragnar’s sons and their own journeys, and by the time Ragnar died in season 4, his sons were already leading the way. Vikings, although he mainly focused on his eldest son, Björn (Alexander Ludwig), and his youngest, Ivar (Alex Høgh Andersen). Vikings found a home in the History Channel until its final episodes, when Season 6B was released on Amazon Prime Video, but the sequel series won’t air on any of them.
Vikings ended the arcs of its main characters and most importantly left no way out, but this world will continue to be explored in the following series Vikings: Valhalla. Set a century after the events of the main series, Valhalla will cover the final years of the Viking Age, and as it unfolds well after Vikings, it will feature new characters. Valhalla will tell the stories of Leif Erikson (Sam Corlett), Freydís Eiríksdóttir (Frida Gustavsson), Harald Hardrada (Leo Suter) and Norman King William the Conqueror, and unlike Vikings, it will be available to stream on Netflix, and there’s a good reason behind the change.
Talk to IGN in July 2020, Hirst confided in Vikings: Valhalla and why it won’t air on the History Channel as Vikings made. Hirst shared that the History Channel decided not to be involved in Valhalla because they are going back to “documentary making” and will end the dramatic content, and MGM was interested in continuing to tell the stories of the world of Vikings. Hirst added that the partnership with Netflix has its perks, and he’s thrilled that his saga continues. Moving the series to Netflix will surely help Valhalla reach a wider audience, as viewers will be able to come back to it and catch up whenever they can, which is not easy to do when a show is on TV. Streaming on Netflix is also an advantage in terms of creative freedom and censorship, which is something Vikings struggled with as some scenes had to be censored in various countries.
The most important thing, of course, is that the stories of the Viking Age will continue in Vikings: Valhalla, and while Vikings explored the adventures of Ragnar and company during the early years of the Viking Age, Valhalla will cover the latest and the events that ended it. Vikings: Valhalla will debut on Netflix sometime in 2022, so fans of the main series may want to keep an eye on the streaming giant for when it finally releases.
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