The salty Vikings spinoff, Vikings: Valhalla, will finally premiere on Netflix this week with a PRIMAL BATTLE CRY and the icy glitter of sharpened steel, and we’ve got the whole series guide to get you ready for all the beauty, blood, and violence that will follow.
The Vikings television series, which won an Emmy Award and ran for six seasons on the History Channel from 2013 to 2020, has a spinoff called Valhalla, which was initially revealed back in November 2019. Let’s raise a glass to the ancient gods and take a brave stab at what Vikings: Valhalla and its brand-new generation of Norse warriors are all about.
This brutal historical drama, which is a spinoff of the History Channel’s Vikings series, premieres exclusively on Netflix on Friday, February 25, with all eight episodes included. On February 25, Vikings: Valhalla is expected to make its Netflix streaming premiere at the traditional times of midnight Pacific and three in the morning Eastern.
WHO CREATED VIKINGS: VALHALLA ON NETFLIX?
Michael Hirst, who wrote the original script for Vikings and created it (The Tudors, Elizabeth), will serve as executive producer and showrunner for Valhalla in association with MGM Television. This new series was devised and co-written by seasoned Hollywood screenwriter Jeb Stuart. Because of his experience writing action movies like The Fugitive, this spinoff should feature fiery authenticity and exciting conflicts.
Three of the Season 1 episodes were directed by Steve Saint Leger (Vikings, Barbarians). In Vikings: Valhalla’s first episode, Niels Arden Oplev (Mr. Robot, Under the Dome), Hannah Quinn (The Winx Saga, The Stranger), and others will also split directing duties.
WHAT IS THE PLOT OF VIKINGS: VALHALLA?
The tale starts in the early eleventh century, introducing us to the legendary lives of William the Conqueror, the Norman King, and the historical Vikings Leif Eriksson, Freydis Eriksdotter, and Harald Hardrada.
The major Vikings run on the History Channel takes place more than 100 years before Valhalla’s storm breaks out. The heroic era of the Vikings is coming to an end as the Kingdom of England stands firm in the face of the Scandinavian invasion. A trio of cunning lords compete for the legal claim to the English throne following the death of King Edward the Confessor as the future of the country is irrevocably altered.
ARE A VIKINGS: VALHALLA TRAILER AVAILABLE?
We will do as you ask! On February 7, Netflix released the series’ final trailer, which you can watch below to witness all the sea spray, slashing swords, and Christian against Pagan action:
HOW IS THE ORIGINAL VIKINGS SERIES LINKED TO VIKINGS: VALHALLA?
The Emerald Isle episode of the two shows was filmed at Ashford Studios in Wicklow, Ireland, which serves as a significant link between them. It is the same location where the first season of the Vikings was filmed.
Hirst recently touched on the subject with Collider, describing the degree of the show’s resonance with Vikings in terms of Valhalla’s aesthetic, landmarks, and tone:
“Jeb [Stuart] is interested in the mythology of the Vikings. Therefore, whenever they get together in Kattegat, they talk about the great eras that once sat in the same room at the same table. Ragnar Lothbrok, Lagertha, Bjorn Ironside, and Ivar the Boneless, who are now mythical characters in the show, and Vikings: Valhalla, were part of these historic ages. What a wonderful connection and result.
It provides a ready-made history for the new program. So you don’t need to be familiar with Ragnar to appreciate the new show. But it improves the show, and maybe it will inspire viewers to watch it again and learn more about the people they keep bringing up.
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