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Vikings: Valhalla Season 2 - What We Know So Far

Fans were under the impression that the time of the "Vikings" was at an end when the beloved epic series ended in 2020. Then the show's creator Michael Hirst passed the torch to Jeb Stuart, who crossed the streaming seas to reach Netflix and give us "Vikings: Valhalla," the sequel show set a century after the events of its predecessor. Homing new blood but still carrying the political and power-hungry edge of what came before, "Valhalla" introduced us to Prince Harald of Norway (Leo Suter) and hero-in-the-making Leif Erikson (Sam Corlett). Initially wary of one another, the two became allies (albeit with a mild double-cross in between) and are now unified and will change the time of the Vikings forever.

Admittedly given how things ended in its debut season, it might not necessarily look that way. With Leif seeing red and Harald on the run after Kattegat's fall, their combined comeback will need to be epic. 

When will Vikings: Valhalla be released?

Speaking to Digital Spy in February 2022, showrunner Jeb Stuart revealed that even before the initial season's release, the second was well into development, and he was "dying to get it out there." Being so deep into the story behind the camera made sense, given the tall order Stuart had been given. Even before swords were drawn for the first season of "Valhalla," Netflix had given the green light on a massive 24-episode order, assuring that we'd be seeing Leif and Halbrand for a third outing, let alone a second.

And now, we know exactly when we'll get to see the titular Vikings in action. According to Collider, the series will sail its way to Netflix on January 12, 2023. In other words, soon enough, we'll be reunited with Leif, Halbrand, and the rest of the war-hungry heroes of that world.

What is the plot Vikings: Valhalla Season 2?

What adventures will Leif Eriksson, Harald Sigurdsson, and Freydís Eiríksdóttir find themselves in during the second season of "Vikings: Valhalla?" Well, as Tudum explained, "Season 2 finds our heroes shortly after the tragic fall of Kattegat, an event that has shattered their dreams and altered their destinies. Finding themselves suddenly fugitives in Scandinavia, they are forced to test their ambitions and courage in worlds beyond their familiar fjords."

Speaking with the Netflix outlet, showrunner Jeb Stuart says Harald and Leif will be traveling down the Dnieper River, in an adventure he describes as similar to "Thelma and Louise," while Freydís will be heading to the Baltic world of Pomerania. Stuart also promises that our heroes will travel pretty darn far and meet quite a few interesting characters along the way, saying, "We put together this motley crew of nobles, Muslim astronomers and con men, and they shove off from Novgorod."

Who is in Vikings: Valhalla Season 2?

Like the show's historical predecessor, the guest list for "Valhalla" and its debut season was much more extensive going in than going out. Warring factions and betrayal in a world with many pointy implements will do that, but hopefully, those that won't be on the receiving are the three leads. Leo Suter and Sam Corlett will return to lay waste to their enemies as Prince Halbrand and Leif Erikson, respectively, along with Frida Gustavsson as Freydís Eiríksdóttir, Leif's sister. The latter has a crucial path of her own as the last daughter of Uppsala.

Beyond that talented trifecta, the show will also see the return of Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson as the side-switching contender for the throne, Olaf. Last seen as the threatening wave overthrowing Kattegat and sending its protectors running, Olaf's victory was short after King Knute's (Bradley Freegard) father, King Sweyn Forkbeard (Søren Pilmark), rocked up with a fleet of ships to bring down the treacherous tyrant. Expect all three to be returning for Season 2, along with the surprise return of Caroline Henderson, who played Kattegat's former fallen ruler, Jarl Haakon. Speaking to Metro following her character's demise, the Swedish star queried if that was it for Haakon. "We don't really know that. She might turn up as a ghost or something." 

If that's not enough, "Valhalla" will also see the arrival of an MCU star and a previous punching bag for boxing champ Adonis Creed. Florian Munteanu of "Shang-Chi" and "Creed II" fame will play the part of Byzantine general George Maniakes (via Deadline). Bradley James of "Merlin" will play Harekr, the leader of a particularly pagan bunch of warriors (via Collider). Hayat Kamille, Marcin Dorocinski, and Sofya Lebedeva have also joined the cast.

Is there a trailer for Vikings: Valhalla Season 2?

Even though we might not have a release date yet, we have been blessed with a first look at "Vikings: Valhalla" Season 2 during Netflix's annual TUDUM event. Looking to take place shortly after the first season, Harald, Leif, and Freydis are on the run only to be pushed back to the shoreline by Olaf and his mission to wipe them out. Thankfully, help is sent from above or at least a few miles out via an unknown ally. Is Forkbeard fending for our heroes, or has his son King Canute turned up at the right time? Whoever it is, they will make an explosive impact on the battlefield.

Besides this beach-based snippet, Netflix hasn't released any other trailers for the upcoming season, keeping everything else close to its chest. Given that we're still almost five months away from its potential return, it might be a while before we get anything else. It was January before we got our first look at the adventures of Leif and his hairy, axe-swinging squad of pals last time, so keep an eye out. Either way, with more massive invasions and brutal battles for the crown, "Vikings: Valhalla" will surely deliver everything we enjoyed before.