“Vikings,” the History Channel Original, is a historical drama television series. Created and written by Michael Hirst, the show premiered on March 3, 2013, in Canada. The story was inspired by the tales of Norsemen of early medieval Scandinavia and was filmed in Ireland. The story is referred from 13th-century sagas, which could even be fictional. This is due to the fact that legendary sagas were based on the Norse oral tradition. And they were written down about 200 to 400 years after the events they describe. The series begins in 793 AD which is marked by the Lindisfarne raid.
Background of Vikings
“Vikings” is inspired and broadly focuses on the sagas of Viking Chieftain, Ragnar Lothbrok. He was one of the best known legendary Norse heroes. The show depicts the story of a farmer, Ragnar who rose to fame by conducting successful raids into England. Through his journey and the support of his family and fellow warriors, he became a Scandinavian King. In the later seasons, the series follows the journeys of his sons and their ventures in England, Scandinavia, and the Mediterranean.
On December 4, 2019, the sixth and final installment of the show premiered on History Channel in Canada. This season has been divided into two parts of 20 episodes each. After airing part 1, part 2 of the season has dropped collectively on 30th December 2020. It has been aired in the UK and USA before its release on the History Channel.
The story now revolves around the four sons of Ragnar- Bjorn Ironside, Ivar the Boneless, Ubbe and Hvitserk. They are not a happy family as one could tell from the sibling civil-war. This war has been driving the plot of the past two seasons. And by the start of season 6, part 2 things are looking very bleak.
Season 6A Recap
Ivar was with the last of his followers gets captured by Prince Oleg’s soldiers. On being taken to Oleg, he and Ivar build a relationship on how to use each other. Bjorn, who is now the King of Kattegat, banishes Ivar’s remaining followers. Being the King, he asks Gunnhild, Lagertha, Ubbe, and Torvi to stay and form his council. Of which only Gunnhild accepts while Lagertha wants to retire and leave Kattegat, and Ubbe and Torvi have their own ambitions. Later he finds out that Harald has been captured by King Olaf. As he is in Harald’s debt, who saved him twice, he decides to save him. Meanwhile, Oleg poisons Askold and takes Igor who is the heir to the throne.
Leaving Ubbe in command of Kattegat, Bjorn leaves to save Harald. Now, by the end of part 1, there are many new introductions into Valhalla. Valhalla is said to be a beautiful place for the slain heroes who live under the leadership of the god Odin.
Vikings Season 6B Details
After waiting for more than a year, Vikings season six, part 2 has been dropped on December 30, 2020. The final 10 episodes are available all at once on Amazon Prime Video. And it will be later airing on the History Channel in 2021 with fans having to wait for each episode. At the end of Vikings season six, part one saw an attack of the Rus Vikings, led by Prince Oleg, Ivar the Boneless, and Hvitserk on Kattegat. Bjorn Ironside and King Harald joined forces but in the end, the Rus were victorious. Both Bjorn and Harald were injured in battle, with Ivar the Boneless stabbing his own brother, Bjorn. The trailer for the final 10 episodes reveals that Bjorn and Harald are still alive but only time will tell, for how long.
Call to Valhalla
Now that Michael Hirst has depicted this story of Vikings, the show is over. But, the fans need not worry. As, surprisingly, a sequel series for the show is in the works, titled Vikings: Valhalla. It is to be developed and aired by Netflix.