With the TV series Vikings Just before the sixth and final season airs on Amazon Prime Video on December 30th, I recently spoke to the creator and writer of each episode Michael Hirst about the hugely successful show. During the far-reaching conversation, he shared a number of great behind-the-scenes stories and talked about why he thinks final season is the best yet and why he is closing down the show even though it’s still so popular. In the coming days I’ll be posting the entire conversation, but for now I wanted to share what he said about the upcoming sequel to the Vikings series. Vikings: Valhalla, which he produces in execution.
If you haven’t heard of Vikings: Valhalla, the series was created by Jeb Stuart, will air on Netflix sometime in 2021, and will end a hundred years after the Vikings ended. According to Hirst, the popularity of the Vikings around the world has led Netflix to create a new series. He said:
“Apparently they were just like, ‘Look, we’re not even going to filter out any content, we were just looking at your audience numbers, where you are around the world and we’d be stupid not to.’ So it pays homage to what has been achieved over the past seven years. ”
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Of course, a hundred years later means that all of the characters fans have come to love on Vikings have died. But Hirst says that doesn’t mean they’ll be forgotten.
“What a Jeb [Stuart] In fact, he pays attention to the mythology of the Vikings. So when they meet in the great hall in the Kattegat and of course talk about the great eras that used to sit at the same table in the same hall, they were Ragnar Lothbrok, Lagertha and Björn Ironside and Ivar the Boneless. who are now mythical characters even within the show, even within the Vikings: Valhalla. It’s a really good connection and effect. There are ready-made stories for the new show. So you don’t have to know who Ragnar is to see the new show. But it enriches the show and will hopefully lead people to go back and find out, “Well, who are they talking about over and over again? Was Ragnar that great? Why are these people mythical characters? ‘So everything connects in useful, interesting and fascinating ways. ”
The cool thing is that you don’t have to watch episodes of Vikings to enjoy the sequel, but once you’ve watched Vikings you know a lot more about the characters they talk about and why they’re so adored.
So who exactly are some of the characters who will appear in Vikings: Valhalla? Hirst says:
“It’s about Harald Hardrada and Eric the Red and maybe some more familiar Viking names.”
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When the series aired next year, I was curious about where they were in production and how COVID had affected the shooting. Hirst said:
“They shot the first season in Ireland, back in the same studio under remarkable circumstances. They had about 30 COVID employees. They took over a big hotel so they could quarantine all the actors. They tested them twice a day. It was a remarkable achievement. You only lost three days. I just have some kind of oversight, I don’t write anything myself. I’m an executive producer. But Jeb Stuart is of course much more of a thriller writer and so shows. So it will be different but it’s still good, really good from what I’ve seen of it so far. ”
We then spoke to the Vikings about the scope and extent of Valhalla and whether the sequel would be bigger. Hirst said:
“It couldn’t be bigger than the last few episodes of my Vikings. Because the armies and the great battles we’ve had … they really can’t get much bigger. But what can I say? It’s made in the same places, a lot We’re going back to the Kattegat. This is of course the spiritual home of the Vikings. But it’s a changed Kattegat. It’s an established … It’s one of the largest ports really, trading ports in Europe. It’s grown in size and importance . The King of England has become a Viking. The Vikings have overrun most of England and they own Normandy. In that sense, considering where we came from on my show, they are ‘We have established ourselves on the world stage. But the same conflict between Christians and pagans has become an internal conflict because many Viking kings converted to Christianity, so there is an ongoing conflict and a huge war between Christian and pagan Vikings. It’s different for my show. Of course, when the enemy, the Christians, were different people who sacrificed them. But now, as Floki feared, Christians are overcoming the Gentiles. ”
With the series airing in 2021, I would imagine that we will receive more information soon. As a fan of what Hirst has achieved with Vikings, I’m really excited to see what Jeb Stuart will do with Vikings: Valhalla and I can’t wait to try it out.
Look for my full interview with Michael Hirst soon.
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