The History drama's next season will be its last.
January 4, 2019
History confirmed today that Vikings will be coming to an end after its already-announced sixth season. The news comes well over a year since the veteran drama was last renewed, though a premiere date for its final run has yet to be announced.
The series has been a resounding success for the cable network. Since its debut in 2013 as History's first scripted original series, the show has been earning consistent critical acclaim while becoming a Top 5 drama on ad-supported cable with strong viewership in key demographics.
Inspired by the epic sagas about the trading and exploring Norsemen of early medieval Scandinavia, the Irish/Canadian co-production focuses on legendary Viking chieftain Ragnar Lodbrok, who was known for raiding France and England with his longships, and eventually becoming the king of Denmark and Sweden.
Vikings is currently airing its fifth season, with four episodes remaining until its season finale later this month on January 30. While production is said to be complete on its sixth and final season, a premiere date has yet to be penciled in.
While the end of Vikings is in sight, fans may be interested to learn that there is talk of a possible new series in the future from the same team that would continue the franchise. Everything is in the very early stages at this point, so any official word will likely come at a much later date.
12/31/20 at 07:52am
It is great that the history channel mix fact with fantasy if it serves the purpose of raising enough interest in the real historical figures behind the drama, alas from the messages I read here it is just another fictional story that can be rewritten with absolutely no interest in finding out anything more about the history and stories behind the characters.
This is an excellent fictionalisation tying in many real historical events of the Viking era including the founding of Iceland and Icelandic culture and here among the messages it is treated like nothing but a "Plot Device", a bit of fiction that means nothing and doesn't quite entertain the uneducated louts who can't separate this from fiction like Game of Thrones that is based purely in fantasy.
I see from the comments that this show failed, it failed to promote interest in history, it failed to promote interest in the historical characters beyond it being a good story to watch between beer commercials, and it failed to spark in the uneducated that desire to educate themselves.
I applaud the shows lofty heights of intent but alas it is merely casting pearls before swine.
01/23/19 at 02:18pm
I have been a fan since the very beginning. Often I felt it was better than Game of Thrones especially when Ragnar was alive. He was an incredible character and so well portrayed by Travis Fimmel. Such a loss when he was killed. The Iceland story line is unnecessary as far as I am concerned it takes valuable time away from the major plot and characters. Still one of my favorite shows to watch each week. I hope that History can continue with similar projects that dramatize historical characters in a captivating story that doesn't seem like a documentary but more like a Movie that you don't want to end.
01/11/19 at 11:51pm
I love this show, even though it evolved a long ways from its beginning. Even now it's one of the few shows I watch where the episode ends and I wonder how could it end so quickly.
History Channel took a big chance putting this on the air. As the show became more successful it also spent more on the production -- this was a lot more expensive than their standard reality show. I don't know if many people realize that it very loosely follows actual history. For example, King Alfred of Wessex will eventually become Alfred the Great who united England. The settlement of Iceland is a bit more fictionalized, however.
01/11/19 at 10:23pm
I LOVE this show,personally to me it seemd like a film not a TV series.It is SO well filmed,with not one bad actor in the entire series ,beautiful locations and just splendidly done.Top notch my hat off to both Ireland and Canada what a combination.
I will miss this thrilling and inspiring show if it goes off.It also has sentimental value for me when it first came on and I lived with the girl I thought I would marry Cathy S (in Brantford), we both snuggled in bed watching this I was So happy. I became ill and she threw me out.Ouch still trying to heal just over 3 years later.
01/08/19 at 10:10am
I agree with many of the statements. This was an AMAZING show and it did start to go downhill after Ragnar was killed off.
01/06/19 at 08:31pm
Love the show.. but storylines have gotten a bit muddled. Too many various settings I think. The first few seasons followed Ragnar and what he was doing, regardless of wether it was in England or Cathecut... now you've got Floki's group in who knows where (Iceland), Lagertha/Bjorn's group... Ivars group... The Brits.... just too many settings to make impactful episodes. Still waiting for the French to be thrown in as well when Rolo comes back. Still a good show. I jsut think the writing's on the wall. I am THRILLED they killed off the Bishop though.. Meyers's acting was horrifically over-the-top (Nick Cage clearly gave him some pointers.. blech..) Glad he's dead.
01/06/19 at 05:10pm
This is one of my favorites shows but I feel it has run it's course.It has went down a notch since Ragnar was killed off plus other characters.whose names I can't say or spell.I do like Ivar though.
01/06/19 at 06:18am
Would love to see a Ragnar ghost scene before the show wraps. The Plopster still enjoys the show but not as much since Ragnar died and Floki toned down his brand of craziness. Ivar has stolen the show since then, and is the main reason I still look forard to it. Not sure what the spin off will be but maybe it will focus on Floki in Iceland? We will see.
01/06/19 at 04:29am
I've thoroughly enjoyed this show up to its current season....It's still good but I feel it has run its course and is naturally coming to its end.
01/05/19 at 05:47am
I've loved this show, although it hasn't been quite the same since Ragnar got killed off.
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