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Vikings: Valhalla Netflix - What We Know So Far

If you've been down in the dumps ever since it was revealed in January 2019 that the 6th season of History's drama series "Vikings" would be its last, it's time to pick yourself back up. A new "Vikings" spin-off series has been announced — "Vikings: Valhalla" — and it will be streaming on Netflix.

The flagship "Vikings" series kicked off back in 2013 and quickly established itself as one of History's most successful shows while also blazing a new trail for the network as its first scripted fiction project. Though billed as a historical drama, "Vikings" has a largely invented narrative that inserts real and legendary figures from Norse culture into actual historical events, having them interact in ways that historians deem unlikely. In the early seasons, the series followed Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel), a historically-debatable figure and folk hero of Scandinavia, and his wife Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick), a legendary ruler whose historicity is also debated. ("Vikings" gets a lot of things wrong when it comes to history.) Later seasons of "Vikings" focused more on the offspring of Ragnar, most notably Bjorn Ironside (Alexander Ludwig) and Ivar the Boneless (Alex Høgh).

Throughout its run, "Vikings" has chronicled, well, the Viking way of life, the Norse peoples' first forays into England and France, and the constant power struggles and political machinations that went on in Europe during the eighth and ninth centuries. So with a lot of ground covered through six seasons, what's left to explore on "Vikings: Valhalla?" Here's everything we know about the spin-off series so far.

Spoilers for "Vikings" ahead!

What is Vikings: Valhalla's release date?

Before you start scrolling through Netflix's thousands of offerings looking for "Vikings: Valhalla," know this: The series is set to premiere on Netflix on February 25, 2022.

Considering "Vikings" concluded on December 30, 2020, audiences have had to wait a while before the next iteration of "Vikings" begins streaming into their living rooms, but they should find comfort in knowing that Netflix has already ponied up for a massive series order. In a rare turn of events, Netflix committed to a 24-episode package of "Vikings: Valhalla" (via TV Guide). Eight of those episodes are already reserved for the first season, and it's unclear how many episodes subsequent seasons will be (via EW). Either way, the sheer size of the order speaks volumes about the company's belief in the series, which is a smart play considering the original series had a six-season run that spanned 89 episodes.

Who is in the Vikings: Valhalla cast?

If there's one thing that "Vikings" has been great at doing, it's killing off its main characters. Season 3 saw the deaths of Earl Haraldson's widow/Rollo's girlfriend Siggy (Jessalyn Gilsig) and the priest/Ragnar's BFF Athelstan (George Blagden). "Vikings" Season 4 knocked off Ragnar's second wife Aslaug (Alyssa Sutherland), his friend and rival King Ecbert (Linus Roache), and most shockingly of all, Ragnar himself, who up until that point had been the series' main protagonist. In Season 5, as more characters were added, the bodies continued to pile up.

It has been confirmed that the new series will take place around 100 years after the current show, so even the youngest "Vikings" character will be dead and gone by then. Naturally, "Vikings: Valhalla" will feature all-new characters based on even more historical figures from Norse legend. Per The Hollywood Reporter, some of the main characters of "Vikings: Valhalla" will be Leif Eriksson (played by Sam Corlett), Freydís Eiríksdóttir (Frida Gustavsson), Harald Sigurdsson (Leo Suter), Emma of Normandy (Laura Berlin), and King Canute "the Great" (Bradley Freegard).

The ensemble also includes Jóhannes Jóhannesson as Olaf "the Holy" Haraldsson, David Oakes as Earl Godwin, and Caroline Henderson as Jarl Haakon. Other recurring characters include Pollyanna Mcintosh as Queen Ælfgifu of Denmark, Asbjørn Krogh Nissen as Jarl Kåre, Julian Seager as Jarl Gorm, John Kavanagh as The Seer, Pääru Oja as Arne Gormsson, and Louis Davison as Prince Edmund.

What's the plot of Vikings: Valhalla?

Leif Erikson is arguably the most famous of the lot. He has a pretty big claim to fame, as he's believed to be the first European to discover North America (rather than Christopher Columbus). Not only that, but Leif Erikson is said to have done so a whole half-millennium before Columbus sailed the ocean blue, setting foot in a land he dubbed "Vinland" (possibly Newfoundland, Canada) back in the 11th century. Then there's Freydis, Leif's sister, who is also said to have taken part in the Vinland voyage. Though her historical record is spotty, she's always portrayed as a fierce warrior. "Vikings: Valhalla" will almost certainly include the siblings' trip to the new world in its plot.

Next is Harald Hardrada. Born about 45 years after Leif Erikson, he's regarded as the last great Viking leader (per History), having fought for control of Norway and Denmark before meeting his end during an invasion of England. His successor, in some respects, was his contemporary — the Norman King William the Conqueror, who wasn't a Viking but claimed Viking ancestry as a descendent of the one-and-only Rollo. William conquered England following Harald Hardrada's defeat, becoming its king. The pair's respective battles will almost certainly factor into the plot of "Vikings: Valhalla."

Nevertheless, Netflix dropped more enthralling information ahead of the show's release.

The Vikings: Valhalla trailer

All the same, Netflix released the show's first trailer, which is, in a word, riveting. 

Netflix also released the show's synopsis: "Set over a thousand years ago in the early 11th century, VIKINGS: VALHALLA chronicles the heroic adventures of some of the most famous Vikings who ever lived — the legendary explorer Leif Eriksson (Sam Corlett), his fiery and headstrong sister Freydis Eriksdotter (Frida Gustavsson), and the ambitious Nordic prince Harald Sigurdsson (Leo Suter). As tensions between the Vikings and the English royals reach a bloody breaking point and as the Vikings themselves clash over their conflicting Christian and pagan beliefs, these three Vikings begin an epic journey that will take them across oceans and through battlefields, from Kattegat to England and beyond, as they fight for survival and glory."

Naturally, the trailer kicks off with the Vikings at sea during a rip-roaring storm. And if the rest of the footage is any indication, there will be a plethora of battle scenes, which is likely what fans of "Vikings" ordered up in their dreams.

With "Vikings: Valhalla" set to premiere Friday, February 25 on Netflix, audience members still have time to watch the original series. All the same, be prepared to travel the hair-raising seas and charge the bloody battlefields with Viking legends.