Netflix's 'Vikings: Valhalla': Release date, plot, cast, trailer, and everything you need to know about spin off
Sad about the Vikings saga coming to an end after Season 6B just wrapped? Not satisfied with the ends some of your favorite characters met? Fret not, good people, because a brand new spin-off is on the way! Titled 'Vikings: Valhalla', the spin off comes from the original creator of the parent History channel show that garnered massive popularity in its six-year-run and just wrapped its final sixth season's second part dropping on Prime Video on December 30. While there's no particular date stamp on the release of the spin off, filming has been complete as indicated by social media posts of several of the cast members, and the Netflix original is all packed and neatly packaged to make its debut some time in the next year. Read on to find out all you need to know about the new Vikings spin off!
It was initially announced that 'Vikings: Valhalla' was set to enter production some time in 2020, however those plans were canned due to the pandemic that ruined almost all plans for this year. As of now, with the filming wrapped, the spin off will premiere some time in 2021 on Netflix. So far, the History channel show would always premiere on the network in December, with the second part of the final season also following the same schedule on Amazon Prime Video. So maybe the wait for Valhalla will be longer than one would expect, but you know what the Vikings say about the esteemed glory: Always worth it!
According to official synopsis of reports, 'Vikings: Valhalla' will be set over 100 years after the timeline of the Vikings on the History channel show. 'Vikings' season 6 finale ends with Ingrid becoming the ruler of Kattegat and Hvitserk going on to join the Wessex Christians who defeat Ivar the Boneless, thus claiming their reign over the already threatened rule of the warriors. A hundred years later, while one cannot expect any major links to the show's current finale, however. creator of both the parent show and the spinoff, Micheal Hirst, has hinted about some connection between the two at least.
Speaking about what will tie the two shows together, Hirst said: “What Jeb [Stuart] does actually is he pays attention to the mythology of the Vikings. So whenever they meet in the great hall in Kattegat, and of course they talk about the great eras who used to sit in the same hall at the same table, and they were Ragnar Lothbrok, Lagertha, and Bjorn Ironside, and Ivar the Boneless, who are now mythic characters even within the show, even within Vikings: Valhalla. That’s a really great connection and effect. It gives ready-made histories to the new show. So you don’t need to know who Ragnar is to watch the new show. But it enriches the show and it hopefully will make people go back and find out, ‘Well who are these people they keep talking about? Was Ragnar so great? Why are these people mythic characters?’ So everything connects in a useful, and interesting, and fascinating way.”
Hirst also added: "We go back to Kattegat. That, of course, is the spiritual home of the Vikings. But it’s a changed Kattegat. It’s an established… It’s one of the biggest ports really, trading ports in Europe. It’s grown in size and significance.The King of England has become a Viking. The Vikings have overrun most of England and they own Normandy.”
Based on social media posts, the cast of 'Vikings: Valhalla' will include several familiar faces. From Kenneth Christensen (Borgen, The Last Kingdom) and Johannes Haukur Johannesson (Game of Thrones, Cursed) to Frida Gustavsson (The Witcher) and David Oakes (Victoria, The Borgias) - the cast is sprinkled with big names. Yvonne Mai joins the cast as Merin, Bill Murphy will play the Odgar, and Ethan Dillon is a part of the series too. Other cast members include Bosco Hogan as Athelred, Alan Devine as the Ealdorman of Kent, and Gavin O’Connor as the Ealdorman of East Anglia. Jack Mullarkey will also be playing a character named Toke, while Karen Connell, who played the Angel of Death in the original show, returns in the spinoff, along with Gavan O’Connor Duffy as Njall in Valhalla and Mark Huberman as the Ealdorman of Sussex.
Hirts, who created the original show, is a part of Valalla but not as hands on as he was with 'Vikings'. Jeb Stuart, known for his work on movies including 'The Fugitive', 'Die Hard' and Netflix's 'The Liberator' is a primary writer helming the series.
An official trailer is yet to be released for the upcoming spin off. Watch this space for more updates!
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