Why ‘Vikings’ Will Finish Run on Amazon Prime Instead of the History Channel

History is pivoting to miniseries, while the “Vikings” franchise is moving towards streaming

After a year-long wait, History Channel is finally bringing an end to its Norseman saga, “Vikings.” Except that when the historical drama premieres its final 10 episodes, they won’t be on History — but on Amazon’s Prime Video, where all the episodes will drop on Dec. 30.

The A+E Networks cable channel is taking an unconventional route to close out its first scripted series on Prime Video before airing on a weekly basis on History next year. The series, which stars Alexander Ludwig, Peter Franzen and Alex Høgh Andersen, was originally set to wrap up its run with a 20-episode sixth and final season split into two parts on History Channel. The first half of the final season debuted last December.

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Tim Baysinger

Tim Baysinger

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