History has announced that flagship drama Vikings has been renewed for a 20-episode sixth season more than two months before its fifth season premieres. The series will again have its season split into two parts, with the first half of season six premiering late next year.
“Vikings has creatively sailed to monumental lengths. 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, EVP Programming, 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 five of Vikings will have an interesting challenge ahead of it, as the show is moving into its first full season without leading man Travis Fimmel, whose character was killed off in 4B. Helping matters is the fact that viewers are used to a life without the famed Ragnar Lothbrok and that Vikings has set up a brewing sibling civil war that resulted from Ragnar’s death and the power that came up for grabs as a result of it. The series has morphed from the journey of one man from lowly farmer to king to a family saga about legacy and the building of sustained empires, which should make both its creative and ratings evolution during seasons five and six all the more intriguing to follow.
Production on season six of Vikings is set to begin this fall in Ireland, with the first half of season five rolling out with a two-hour premiere Wednesday, November 29th at 9:00 on History.