'Vikings' Renewed for 10 Episode Season 2 by History

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April 5th, 2013


via press release:






Four New Episodes Remain This Season, Airing Sundays at 10 p.m.
Season One Finale Scheduled for Sunday, April 28


New York, New York, April 5, 2013 – HISTORY has picked up VIKINGS, its first scripted drama series for a 10-episode second season, it was announced today by Dirk Hoogstra, EVP, Development and Programming for HISTORY. Created and written by Michael Hirst, the renewal comes just five episodes into the VIKINGS freshman season. Four new episodes remain in the current season airing Sundays at 10 p.m. with the season finale slated for Sunday, April 28 at 10 p.m.


VIKINGS continues to be the #1 new cable series in 2013 and has propelled HISTORY to #1 in cable in its Sunday 10-11 p.m. time period. Over the five weeks, the hit drama series averaged 5.0 million total viewers, 2.2 million Adults 25-54 and 1.9 Adults 18-49. This past Sunday, episode five delivered 4.7 million total viewers, 2.2 million Adults 25-54 and 1.7 million Adults 18-49. This was up 4% among total viewers and up 5% among Adults 25-54 from last week.


“Vikings is a win win for us. As our first scripted series, VIKINGS has paid off in a big way with critical acclaim, strong ratings and a passionate, loyal fan base. It came out of the gate strong and has stayed on top, solidifying HISTORY as a major player in the scripted genre, just as we are in reality,” said Hoogstra. “We could not be more proud of the entire cast and crew and everyone involved in the making of VIKINGS. Michael Hirst has captured audiences with his complex, compelling characters and brought the unknown, epic world of these warriors to life. Season Two will begin production this summer to air in 2014.”


MGM Television brought the series to the network and brings VIKINGS to the global audience, serving as the international distributor outside of Ireland, Canada and the U.S.


“We are very excited that VIKINGS is generating so much attention worldwide,” said Roma Khanna, President, Television Group and Digital, MGM. “MGM is thrilled to have the continued support and enthusiasm of our partners at HISTORY and to work with an amazing international team as they bring Michael Hirst’s vision to audiences around the globe.”


VIKINGS, airing Sundays at 10 p.m. ET, tells the extraordinary tales of the lives and epic adventures of these warriors. The drama portrays the world of these Dark Age raiders, traders, explorers – not from an outsider’s view, but, through the eyes of Viking society.


While VIKINGS is filled with conflict, warfare and bloodshed – for these were extreme times – it is a family saga at heart. It follows the adventures of Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel, The Beast, Baytown Outlaws), a curious, compelling man who is always looking to break through barriers and discover new worlds to conquer. Ragnar is deeply frustrated by the unadventurous policies of his local chieftain, Earl Haraldson (Gabriel Byrne, In Treatment, Usual Suspects, Millers Crossing), who continues to send his Vikings raiders east every summer, to the Baltic states and Russia, whose populations are as materially poor as themselves.


Joining Fimmel and Byrne are Katheryn Winnick (Bones, Love and Other Drugs, The Black Marks) as Lagertha, a fierce shield maiden and Ragnar’s wife; Jessalyn Gilsig (Glee, Heroes, Nip/Tuck, Friday Night Lights) as Siggy, Earl Haraldson’s beautiful wife; George Blagden (Les Miserables, Wrath of the Titans) as Athelstan, a young, innocent Christian monk captured by Ragnar on his first raid on England, Clive Standen (Camelot, Robin Hood) as Rollo, Ragnar’s impulsive, wild, care-free brother and Gustaf Skarsgard (The Way Back) a ship builder who designs the new generation of Vikings ships.


Created and written by Michael Hirst – one of the premier historical story-tellers in the industry (Academy-Award winning film Elizabeth; and the Emmy and Golden Globe nominated series The Tudors), Michael serves as Executive Producer along with Morgan O’Sullivan of World 2000 (The Count of Monte Cristo; The Tudors), John Weber of Take 5 Productions (The Tudors; The Borgias), Sherry Marsh, Alan Gasmer, James Flynn (The Tudors; The Borgias) and Sheila Hockin (The Tudors; The Borgias). Dirk Hoogstra and Julian P. Hobbs are the Executives in Charge of Production for HISTORY.


VIKINGS is an international Irish/Canadian co-production being co-produced by World 2000 and Take 5 Productions. HISTORY will broadcast domestically in the U.S. MGM Television will bring VIKINGS to the global audience, serving as the international distributor outside of Ireland, Canada and the U.S. VIKINGS is produced in association with Shaw Media, and the series will air on HISTORY in Canada.



HISTORY® is the leading destination for factual entertainment, including award-winning original series and specials that connect viewers with history in an informative, immersive and entertaining manner across multiple platforms. The network’s all-original programming slate, including scripted event programming, features a roster of hits including American Pickers®, American Restoration™, Ax Men™, Ice Road Truckers®, Pawn Stars®, Swamp People® and Top Shot® as well as epic mini-series and specials such as the Emmy® Award-winning Hatfields & McCoys, Gettysburg, Vietnam in HD, America The Story of Us, and 102 Minutes That Changed America. The HISTORY website is the leading online resource for all things history, and in 2011, the United States Library of Congress selected HISTORY’s Civil War 150 site for inclusion in the historic collection of Internet materials related to the American Civil War sesquicentennial. www.history.com


  • trickg

    I’m pretty stoked about this. I’ve been on board since episode 1 and IMO the series just keeps getting better and better. There is something captivating about Fimmel’s portrayal of Ragnar – he’s not always a “good” guy, but he’s a good guy – know what I mean?

  • JacobYates

    Great news! Each episode gets better and better and the acting and writing are great!

  • Gary

    Really enjoy VIKINGS, glad to know it will be around next year as well. One of the few shows I actually look forward to watching during the week.

    Rah, rah Ragnar!!!

  • Beth

    There is so much already about the bible. I like the shows about the Pagans. After all, they were here before Christians.

  • Brandojames

    I guess now Clive Standen can’t take his dream Game of Thrones roll of Euron Crow’s Eye. But I really do love the news. It is easily one of my favorite tv shows on right now. I love having GoT and then Vikings on right afterwards. The fantasy nerd in me goes crazy on Sunday night.

  • PurpleDrazi

    I guess this means Ragnar survives the big fight next week. :-)

  • thesnowleopard

    Don’t forget Acts and Revelation. Lots of drama going on there.

    I wanted to get into Vikings, but it bored the heck out of me. That said, I don’t think its renewal is any surprise. And at least it’s historical. Historical drama on the History Channel? I’m shocked!

  • The Master

    YES !!!!!

  • Charles Barnitz

    Vikings is a disappointment, not because it’s badly acted (it isn’t) or because they got the details wrong (mostly they don’t) but because it disregards the facts of its historical period without a backward glance. They make a big thing about the viking chieftain not believing that there are lands to the west. Ragnar has to make his preparations in secret and slip off in a mist of lies. For vikings in 793 not to have known about the existence of England is like people in New Jersey being ignorant of the existence of New York city. Ridiculous. And they transplanted Ragnar from the mid/late 9th century to the late 8th century so he could sack Lindisfarne, (okay, that happened) and then Hexham (didn’t happen, at least not in 793). In fact the vikings had arrived in Wessex in 787 (documented in the Anglo-Saxon chronicle) and they raided Jarrow and Monkwearmouth in 794 and then they stayed away for almost 20 years. People who see me as a carping pedant will argue that these changes were made to increase the drama, to which I ask, why is that necessary? Of all the historical contexts for drama, the viking age is among those least in need of help from script-writing hacks to heighten the drama. It’s vikings, for god’s sake. The vikings are always interesting. What was really going in in 8th century is interesting without the need to fiddle with the facts. So why am I upset? I’m upset because this is the History channel and I expect real history from them, not a mashup of legendary viking heroes colliding with historical happenings a generation or two before their time. All that’s missing is the boys from Python in their ecclesiastical robes breaking into a scene announcing that “No one expects the Spanish Inquisition.”

  • MrK

    Travis Fimmel would make a great Kratos!

  • Dutch

    Yepee best series since the Tudors…..History channel rocks.

  • Ginger

    They should get ahead of the game by doing 10 more.

    I really don’t want to wait that long…..I love this movie! Nothing this summer as they film, then in 2014 only 10 movies? Grrrrrrrr……why not film an entire year at a time?

  • jrod

    Awesome. Down loaded commercial theme song (sail)…

  • Michael

    Two shows I look forward to on Sunday. The Walking Dead & Vikings.

  • Nikkit531

    LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS SHOW!!!!! This and Game of Thrones are my absolute favorites on television right now! Nice break from the CRAP reality TV shows that took over the airwaves!

  • Jacob

    What mini series will prop up Vikings next season?

  • Boiler

    good news!

    i hope this means in the long run, hc will produce other scripted period dramas.

    there are so many interesting epoches in history that could make for fascinating tv shows…

  • anon

    History’s next big mini-series is going to be Bonnie & Clyde. It’s gonna be awesome.

  • Spartacus 6666

    Awesome show but not as good as Spartacus but better than thrones. Good for history. Should get away from all those inbred shows like swamp, axe , drunk ugly or stupid bearded men.

  • InAPhotoBoothWearingFlats


    Almost anything is better than “thrones”…

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