The History Channel’s breakout original series Vikings is coming to an end according to Deadline. The series will conclude with its sixth season next year.
Vikings is currently airing its fifth season with the finale slated to air on January 30. Following that, the sixth season, which recently wrapped production, will air its 20-episode season on History later this year and conclude sometime in 2020. However, the Vikings series finale will not mark the end of the series’ saga.
Deadline has reported series creator Michael Hirst and MGM Television have begun talks with History to continue the Vikings franchise with a sequel series. The new series will be developed by the same creative team as Vikings, but will also see screenwriter Jeb Stuart (Die Hard) join Hirst should the project move forward.
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In the mid-season five finale, the divide between the Lothbrok family climaxes with Ragnar’s sons battling each other to rule the world. The long-awaited faceoff ends with a strategic victory going to Ivar the Boneless (Alex Høgh Andersen) who vows vengeance on his betrayers with a direct target on Lagertha’s (Katheryn Winnick) back. Last seen in an unstable state and losing her appearance as a fierce Viking warrior, Lagertha is hopeful she will regain her spot in Kattegat as its rightful leader.
Season five returns on November 28th with the arrival of a legendary Viking, the famous Duke Rollo (Clive Standen), who causes further upheaval in a Kattegat still reeling from Ivar the Boneless becoming its King. As Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig) and Lagertha flee Ivar’s murderous forces with Bishop Heahmund (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), Ivar’s tyrannical reign over Scandinavia ushers in a new Dark Age, the likes of which have never been seen. Ultimately, Ivar’s reign will not go unchallenged by the sons of Ragnar and old enemies will become allies to defeat the despot who has declared himself a God on earth. Meanwhile in Iceland, Floki (Gustaf Skarsgård) battles the elements, and his own settlers’ desire for revenge, to forge a Viking colony on the beautiful and desolate landscape.