Netflix has given a series order to a sequel to the History Channel epic “Vikings,” the streamer announced Tuesday.
The follow-up series, titled “Vikings: Valhalla,” will be set 100 years after the events of the original show. Per Netflix, “Valhalla” will follow “the most famous Vikings who ever lived,” including Leif Erikson, Freydis, Harald Harada and the Norman King William the Conqueror.
“Vikings” creator Michael Hirst will return as an executive producer on the series from MGM Television, with Jeb Stuart serving as writer and showrunner. “Vikings” alum Morgan O’Sullivan will also executive produce.
“Vikings,” History’s first original scripted series, is set to conclude its six-season run with a 20-episode final season divided into two parts. The first half of the final season premieres on Dec. 6.
“I am beyond excited that we are announcing the continuation of our ‘Vikings’ saga,” Hirst said in a statement. “I know that the millions of our fans across the globe will be thrilled by the belief being shown in our show by MGM and Netflix. Jeb Stuart, a truly wonderful writer, will bring new story-lines and a powerful visceral vision to stories about some of the most famous Vikings known to history.”
“We are thrilled to be partnering with Michael, Morgan, Jeb and Netflix on the next chapter in the incredible Vikings universe,” said Steve Stark, MGM’s President of Television Production and Development. “Valhalla has been a labor of love for everyone involved and as we look ahead to the continuation of this great saga, we are excited to know that fans the world over will have the opportunity to continue with the series on its new home at Netflix.”
Added Netflix Originals exec Channing Dungey, “Vikings: Valhalla promises to be everything that fans love about the franchise: heart-pounding, unstoppable action rooted in rich characters and dramatic storytelling that shines the light on family, loyalty and power. We are thrilled to bring the next iteration of the Vikings saga to life with Michael Hirst, Jeb Stuart, Morgan O’Sullivan and MGM Television.”