'Vikings' season 6: Release date, plot, cast, trailer, news and everything else about the History Channel hit show's final season
Season 6 of the 'Vikings' saga will be the last and here's everything you need to know about the tale of Ragnar and his sons
The story of Ragnar and his sons will be done and dusted by the end of season 6 of 'Vikings', and whatever the outcome may be, the beloved series will come to an end as well.
The renewal for the final installment came even before the premiere of season 5 last year, and the trailer for the show came out hours after season five's finale. With the show's momentum, it is believed season 6 will be out sooner than expected, and all signs hint that it is possible — cue, a recent Instagram Story from Katheryn Winnick, who plays the leading role of shieldmaiden Lagertha, and has had a directorial debut with season 6, snapped a picture of 'Vikings' intro with her name under the directorial credit.
The showrunners have kept all the news under wraps, but here is everything we know so far about the groundbreaking series and its final season.
The release date for season 6 has not been announced yet but chances of it premiering before November is highly likely. Season 2, 3 and 4 premiered in February 2014, 2015 and 2016, respectively, season 5 moved to November 2017 and fans had to wait almost a year for the second half.
The little we know from the trailer shows that season 6 will pick up where it left off but there is definitely a time jump. Lagertha will be a shieldmaiden again recruiting new shieldmaidens and protecting the new king of Kattegat, her son Bjorn Ironside. Ivar the Boneless heads to Rus and recruits his own army to fight against his brothers and reclaim Kattegat.
Express.co.uk quoted the showrunner Michael Hirst: "We go to a new place again. We’re going to Rus, which is Kiev... [There is] a new civilization there, a powerful civilization. There’s a new world the Vikings are going to become involved with."
It has been reported that season 6 will explore three new worlds, including the "Silk Road".
The trailer makes it evident that the show will be bloodier than ever and battles will be all the more epic. Given that it is the final season, expect some major characters to die, as the Seer's prophecy is deemed to be fulfilled.
Lagertha was told that one of Ragnar's sons will kill her and though the bets have been placed on Ivar, who thirsts for her blood for killing his mother Aslaug, we will know for sure who among the four will be the one to kill her.
'Vikings' has been set in the era which roughly spanned from 793 and the invasion of Lindisfarne Island in England to the Battle of Hastings in 1066.
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We begin with the shocking return of evil-queen-turned-nice Freydis, played by Alicia Agneson, who makes a comeback to the show despite being found definitely dead by Bjorn and Hvitserk in the season 5 finale.
Alexander Ludwig's Bjorn, Jordan Patrick Smith's Ubbe, Clive Standen's Rollo, Kathryn Winnick's Lagertha, Alex Høgh Andersen's Ivar and Marco Ilsø's Hvitserk will all return as most of them are seen in the trailer. Floki's fate may not have been disclosed but chances of his return are pretty high as Gustaf Skarsgård said; "[How we pick up with Floki] is something that must remain under wraps, because it’s so important and so emotional and so fantastic."
Russian actor Danila Kozlovsky has joined the cast as Oleg of Novgorod, a Viking prince who conquered cities and was also known as Oleg the Prophet.
English screenwriter and producer Michael Hirst has written every episode of 'Vikings' and would have completed 90 episodes after season 6.
The 66-year-old screenwriter is best known for his films 'Elizabeth' (1998) and 'Elizabeth: The Golden Age' (2007). Besides the Emmy-winning History Channel show, Hirst also penned the TV show 'The Tudors'.
A 20-second trailer is all that we have as of now. The teaser shows a new way of life for all our characters, especially Bjorn and Ivar. Ruling in all his might, we see Bjorn as a celebrated king but just like the Seer told Bjorn in a vision, the war is not over yet. We see Lagertha in her shieldmaiden self saying: "We must prepare for another attack."
Ivar is in a snowy and picturesque land, which could very much be Russia. "We should unleash our forces against our brothers," Ivar is heard telling someone. Then we see the Vikings army on sandy shores, and in another second, men drowning in waters engulfed with flames. As the teaser begins to crescendo, we witness Hvitserk in bloodshot eyes, looking unrecognizable as fire rages in the backdrop. The teaser concludes with Lagertha mournfully saying "he died for all of us."
Where to watch
You can watch the epic hit on History Channel as and when it premieres.
Season 5 recap
Season 5 was predominantly about the rise to power of Ivar the Boneless and his despotic rule. The season concluded with Bjorn Ironside emerging victorious and taking ack Kattegat from Ivar, who manages to escape after killing his wife, Freydis. Lagertha had her own share of misery in the season where she witnessed her lover, Bishop Heahmund, killed in a battle and the shieldmaiden went missing. She was eventually found by Queen Judith, who soon after died of breast cancer, after killing her elder son Aethelred, to ensure her young son, Alfred's throne was secure.
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The Seer who was killed by Ivar appeared in Bjorn's dream-like haze where he made yet another prophecy that the war is not over yet.
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