“Vikings” will return for a fourth season on the History Channel, the network’s EVP and general manager, Dirk Hoogstra, announced on Thursday.
Five new episodes remain in the current season airing Thursdays, and the finale will air Apr. 23 in its regular 10 p.m. time slot.
Production on the new season of the series created by Michael Hirst will begin this spring in Ireland.
“Vikings,” which is currently averaging 4.3 million total viewers this season, portrays life in the Dark Ages through the eyes of Viking society. Travis Fimmel leads the cast of the family saga also starring Clive Staden, Katheryn Winnick and Alexander Ludwig.
Hirst serves as executive producer along with Morgan O’Sullivan of World 2000, Sheila Hockin, John Weber of Take 5 Productions, Sherry Marsh, Alan Gasmer and James Flynn.
Hoogstra and Julian P. Hobbs are the executives in charge of production for History, while MGM Television serves as the worldwide distributor outside of Ireland and Canada.
“’Vikings’ has raided the hearts of both audiences and critics, establishing itself as one of the most compelling, visually stunning dramas on television,” said Hoogstra. “We are so proud of our immensely talented cast and crew led by Michael Hirst, whose intriguing storylines and pivotal arcs have the perfect balance of scope, smarts and bloodshed to keep our loyal fans watching and wanting more.”