Season 6 To Pull The Curtains On History’s Vikings, A Spin-off Project Is In The Works
It’s dog days for History’s Vikings. The show is currently in 5th season and it has just aired its 65th episode. Creator Michael Hirst and MGM television have confirmed that the long running period drama will conclude with its upcoming 6th season. However this won’t officially be the culmination of the franchise. While HBO’s widely acclaimed period fantasy Game of Thrones will go back in time with a prequel after it wraps up its final 8th season, the makers of Vikings are looking forward to a spin off series for the show.
Vikings To End With Season 6
The project has not been yet given a go by the channel. Instead it is in offshoot, early stages. Michael Hirst and writer Jeb Stuart will also apparently continue their association with the merchandise for the Vikings’ spin off. Vikings will wrap up after is 89 episode. Currently it is in the second half of its 20 episode 5th season. While Vikings season 5 will end on 30th January, the final Vikings Season 6 will premiere later this year. The last episode is expected to air sometime in early 2020. History channel has officially confirmed the exit of Vikings post season 6.
A Successful Run
Vikings proved to be a massive breakthrough for History Channel in terms of numbers. It is its no.1 scripted series, and recently it gained the 3rd spot in terms of overall cable viewership. Vikings originally set out to follow the adventures of Ragnar Lothbrok (Fimmel) and tell the sagas of Ragnar’s band of Viking brothers and his family. And as it was a show based on real history it saw the exits of several characters, multiple changes in storyline, countless story arcs, yet it survived all with great grace.
The Vikings Spin-off Will Possibly Feature A Completely New Cast
Of the original Vikings cast of regulars, only three actors remain on the series: Katheryn Winnick (Lagertha) and Gustaf Skarsgård (Floki) are still regulars. While Clive Standen returned in Season 5 in a recurring role as Rollo. Travis Fimmel play the titular role as King Ragnar. Ranga was killed in season 4 and the show shifted to follow the stories of his sons. The proposed Vikings spinoff will unlikely follow the story of any of its present characters. The show has a reputation for killing forgetting and moving on. And even its current season feels like a reinvented version of the show. Most of the characters who were there in its Inception are no longer there.
If the Vikings spin off eventually gets a nod, it won’t hit TV screens at least until 2021. The present production team have just wrapped up shooting for the final season 6. It will take a while for the production to go live for the Vikings spin off series