Vikings renewed for season 6 on History

Vikings will sail to a sixth season on History.

Deadline reports that the cable network ordered 20 more episodes of the hit drama ahead of the season 5 premiere. Production on the sixth season will begin this fall in Ireland, and series regular Katheryn Winnick (Lagertha) will direct one of the episodes.

Vikings is a family saga that follows the epic adventures of raiders and explorers in the Dark Ages. The season 5 cast includes Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Bishop Heahmun along with Winnick, Gustaf Skarsgård (Floki), Alexander Ludwig (Bjorn), Alex Høgh Andersen (Ivar the Boneless), Jordan Smith (Ubbe) and Marco Ilso (Hvitserk).

"The series has evolved from early raids in England, to the heart-stopping death of Ragnar Lothbrok, to the fierce battles of the Great Heathen Army, and now we'll see the sons of Ragnar exploring and conquering the known world," said Eli Lehrer, executive vice president of programming for History. "Michael Hirst has only scratched the surface of his epic saga. We look forward to continuing our partnership with one of the greatest writers in this era of Peak TV and entertaining our viewers with 40 new episodes over the next two seasons."

Season 5 will air in two parts, beginning with a two-hour premiere on Nov. 29 followed by eight episodes airing every Wednesday. The remaining 10 episodes of season five are slated to air in 2018. While we wait, take a look at more TV shows we can't wait to see this fall.