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History Renews ‘Vikings’ for Season 5, Jonathan Rhys Meyers Joins Cast

Network orders 20 episodes to air in 2017

History has renewed “Vikings” for a fifth season and added Jonathan Rhys Meyers to the cast, TheWrap has learned.

“The brilliant writing and depth of historical research and authenticity brought to the screen by Michael Hirst paired with our talented cast and crew, has made this series one of the most compelling, visually stunning historical dramas on television,” said Jana Bennett, History’s president and general manager.

“‘Vikings’ has raided the hearts of audiences and we are thrilled that Jonathan Rhys Myers will become a bigger part of the History family after his incredible performance in our upcoming production of ‘Roots,'” she continued.

From creator and sole writer Michael Hirst, “Vikings” is a family saga that tells the remarkable tales of the lives and epic adventures of the raiders and explorers of the Dark Ages.

Hirst serves as executive producer with Morgan O’Sullivan of World 2000; Sheila Hockin; John Weber of Take 5 Productions; Sherry Marsh, Alan Gasmer and James Flynn. Jana Bennett and Arturo Interian are the executives in charge of production for History.

“Vikings” is an international Irish-Canadian co-production by World 2000 and Take 5 Productions. History broadcasts in the United States and in Canada. “Vikings” is produced in association with Shaw Media.

MGM Television brought the series to the History and brings “Vikings” to global audiences, as the worldwide distributor outside of Ireland and Canada.

New episodes of season four of “Vikings” currently air every Thursday at 10 p.m., with an additional 10 episodes scheduled to air later this year.