Vikings: Valhalla is a historical drama streaming television series created by Jeb Stuart for Netflix. It is a sequel to History’s Vikings, filmed in County Wicklow, Ireland. Set one hundred years after the events of Vikings, the series chronicles the beginning of the end of the Viking Age, marked by the Battle of Stamford Bridge in 1066. The 8-episode first season premiered on February 25, 2022. With a 24-episode order announced in November 2019, the series was officially renewed for a second and third season in March 2022. The second season is scheduled to be released in 2023.
On January 4, 2019, alongside the announcement that Vikings would end after its sixth season, it was announced that Michael Hirst and MGM Television were developing a spin-off series with writer Jeb Stuart. On November 19, 2019, it was announced that this series, titled Vikings: Valhalla, would take place a century after the end of the original series and would be released on Netflix. The 24-episode series was made by MGM Television, and filmed primarily in Ireland, working from the same Ashford Studios in County Wicklow. The series focuses “on the adventures of Leif Erikson, Freydis, Harald Hardrada and the Norman king William the Conqueror”. On March 9, 2022, the series was officially renewed for a second and third season.
Showrunner Jeb Stuart’s writing team includes Vanessa Alexander, Declan Croghan and Eoin McNamee. The first episode was directed by Niels Arden Oplev.
Vikings: Valhalla started filming in early October 2020 at Ashford Studios, Wicklow, where previous Vikings was filmed. Shooting was suspended due to a number of positive COVID-19 tests, only to resume after a few days. At the time a number of cast and crew were reported to have tested positive; however, it emerged that the production had received a number of false positive tests. Filming was planned to resume at Ashford Studios in Ireland beginning in August 2021.
Production on the second season wrapped in November 2021. Directors include the BAFTA-winning Danish director Niels Arden Oplev, Steve Saint Leger who directed several episodes of Vikings and Hannah Quinn.
The musical score for the first season was composed by the Trevor Morris. Amalie Bruun of Myrkur provided the kulning vocals for the opening credits. The series also made heavy use of music from the album The Word as Power by Lustmord, which was also featured in Season 6 of Vikings.
On November 28, 2020, it was reported by one news outlet that they believe Danish actor Kenneth Christensen, Icelandic actor Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson, Swedish actress Frida Gustavsson, and David Oakes had been cast in the series. Frida Gustavsson was later revealed to have been cast as Freydís Eiríksdóttir, while Jóhannes Haukur had been cast as Olaf “the Holy” through erroneously earlier reports stated that he had been cast as Harald Hardrada, a part given to Leo Suter. Caroline Henderson was cast as the current ruler of Kattegat Jarl Haakon, a character based on Canute the Great’s vassal ruler Haakon Ericsson. Bradley Freegard was cast as Canute the Great and Pollyanna McIntosh as his wife Ælfgifu. Sam Corlett was cast as Leif Eriksson.
Other actors include German actress Yvonne Mai has been cast as Merin, and Bill Murphy has been cast as Ödger. Irish actors Alan Devine has been cast as the Ealdorman of Kent and Gavin O’Connor will portray the Ealdorman of East Anglia. Devine and Bosco Hogan have previously appeared in Vikings as Ealdorman Eadric in the second season and Abbot of Lindisfarne in the fifth season, respectively. Jack Mullarkey has been cast as a character named Toke. Joakim Nätterqvist will portray Birkir, and Ethan Dillon was cast as Vestian.
- S02E01 – “The Greenlanders”
- S02E02 – “Viking”
- S02E03 – “The Marshes”
- S02E04 – “The Bridge”
- S02E05 – “Miracle”
- S02E06 – “The Last Daughter of Uppsala”
- S02E07 – “Choices”
- S02E08 – “The End of the Beginning”
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