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Vinland Saga Season 2 - What We Know So Far

"Vinland Saga" is a historical manga and anime set roughly in 1000 CE, during the time of the Vikings. The series tells the fictionalized story of real-world Icelandic explorer Thorfinn Karlsefni, the young son of a legendary ex-warrior named Thors. Despite his prowess, Thors is a pacifist who sacrifices himself protecting members of his village. Against Thors' wishes, the 6-year-old Thorfinn pursues the mercenaries who killed his father in an effort to one day learn to duel their leader, Askeladd. The manga is roughly based on actual historical events of the time, though it takes many liberties regarding its characters and events.

The original manga, created by author Makoto Yukimura, was first published by the Kodansha publishing company in 2005. In 2019, Japanese animation studio Wit (the same studio who produced "Attack on Titan's" first three seasons) produced a 24-episode anime adaptation of the manga all the way up to its 54th chapter. With only the first portion of the source material adapted, fans are eager to see the rest of the story fully animated. While they've received hints from the show's creators suggesting that Season 2 is on its way, there have been no official announcements.

When will Vinland Saga Season 2 release?

Since there have been no official announcements regarding "Vinland Saga" Season 2, there's no way to determine a solid release date. However, there have been hints pointing toward its production. In September 2020, series director Shuhei Yabuta posted a drawing on Twitter of three primary "Vinland Saga" characters. Runes drawn below each character supposedly spell out the words sea, son, and two, according to The Cinemaholic. The phonetics of these words would spell out "Season 2" when combined. However, Yabuta was quick to dismiss any premature theories, stating "there is no deeper meaning."

Likewise, "Vinland Saga" animation director Abiru Takahiko posted in March 2021 that he has been distracted from work on "Attack on Titan" and "The Ancient Magus Bride" by another project. Many fans in the comments speculate that his "other work" is actually "Vinland Saga" Season 2. However, this is nothing more than speculation.

Using this information, The Cinemaholic estimates that Season 2 will release in "late 2021 or early 2022." However, this estimation is nothing more than another case of speculation. Fans may be excited to see the continuing adventures of Thorfinn — especially after Season 1's sudden emotional ending — but they'll have to wait until Wit Studio makes an official announcement, lest they count their chickens before they hatch.

Who will be in Vinland Saga Season 2's cast?

"Vinland Saga" Season 2's cast will likely look incredibly similar to the cast of Season 1, barring some major subtractions and additions. Given the events of Season 1's conclusions, fans can be fairly sure that they've heard the last of actors like Naoya Uchida and Hiroki Yasumoto, who played Askeladd and Bjorn, respectively (via IMDb). This is not accounting for any potential retcons, jumps backward in time, or dream sequences.

Aside from that, fans should expect to hear Yûto Uemura, Kenshô Ono, and Akio Ôtsuka reprise their roles as Thorfinn, Canute, and Thorkell — all of whom play large parts in the series' upcoming events. The only real surprise regarding the cast will come in the form of the many new characters fans are expected to meet in "Vinland Saga" Season 2. Until any official announcements occur, however, Season 2's newcomers remain anonymous.

What will Vinland Saga Season 2's plot focus on?

The finale of "Vinland Saga" Season 1 has left both the story's characters and its fans spinning. Now in service of the Danish Prince Canute, Askeladd, Thorkell, and Thorfinn conspired to overthrow King Sweyn and put Canute in power. To do this, Askeladd feigned madness and beheaded the king, sacrificing himself to allow Canute an opportunity to seize power. Unable to carry out his lifelong quest for revenge, Thorfinn lost control and was carried away to an unknown location before he could hurt the newly-crowned Canute.

This event proves to be a major turning point in the manga, which undergoes a time-skip shortly after. Years down the line, Thorfinn is sold into the Scandinavian slave trade. He has lost both his life's purpose and his will to live. Unwilling to even try and resist his masters, Thorfinn labors until he meets another slave named Einar. Together, they work to earn their freedom and establish a new, peaceful life. Assuming the anime follows the same ongoing plot as its source material, fans can expect to see these events and more unfold as Thorfinn slowly rediscovers his purpose in life.