Vikings: Valhallathe long-awaited sequel to MGMs Vikings was released on Netflix in early 2022, with more to come in 2023. Since we’ve already filmed, we already know quite a bit about season 2 of the show, so here’s an updated version of everything we know so far Vikings: Valhalla season 2 on Netflix.
Vikings: Valhalla is a Netflix Original historical drama created by Michael Hirst and a spin-off of the hit History Channel series, Vikings. The series is produced by MGM Productions, like its predecessor, which ran for six seasons.
The events of Vikings: Valhalla takes place a hundred years after the Great Viking army left for England, at the head of the sons of Ragnar Lothbrok who sought revenge for his death.
We’ll take a closer look at what we know about Season 2 below, so if you’re just looking for the highlights, here they are:
- The show will return for season 2 in 2023 (no specific date given)
- The show will also return for a third season.
- Season 3 production began in May 2022 and will be completed by the end of October 2022.
- Jeb Stuart continues his role as showrunner for seasons 2 & 3
- Sam Corlett (Leif Eriksson), Frida Gustavsson (Freydis Eriksdotter) and Leo Suter (Harald Sigurdsson) have been confirmed to return for Season 2.
when was? Vikings: Valhalla renewed for a second season?
Not only has Vikings: Valhalla already extended for a second, but it has been announced in advance that Vikings: Valhalla has also been renewed for a third season.
The reason for this early renewal is the huge pre-order the show received when it was first announced. A total of 24 episodes were ordered.
Netflix also acquired the licensing rights to the original Vikings series as part of this deal with Netflix UK and Netflix US will still receive seasons 1-6 in a few years.
Netflix has officially reaffirmed that: Vikings: Valhalla will return for two additional seasons on March 9, 2022.
Sound the horns. Vikings: Valhalla returns for seasons 2 and 3. SKOL! ️ pic.twitter.com/y6vmMVJual
— Vikings Valhalla (@NetflixValhalla) March 9, 2022
Considering how popular the show’s predecessor Vikings Netflix was clearly very confident that Vikings: Valhalla will be a big hit for them.
How well did Vikings: Valhalla perform on Netflix?
Thanks to Netflix Top 10 data, we have a pretty good understanding of how well the show is performing. During its first two days on the platform, it registered 80.56 million hours of views, making it the second most watched show of the week.
Between February 25 and April 3, 2022 (the show’s first 37 days available), the show has 265.550,000 hours watched worldwide on Netflix.
|Week period||Number of hours viewed (M)||Rank||Week in Top 10|
|February 20, 2022 to February 27, 2022||80,560,000||2||1|
|February 27, 2022 to March 6, 2022||113,380,000 (+41%)||1||2|
|March 6, 2022 to March 13, 2022||41,760,000 (-63%)||4||3|
|March 13, 2022 to March 20, 2022||19,800,000 (-53%)||8||4|
|March 27, 2022 to April 3, 2022||10,050,000 (-49%)||9||5|
Making comparisons is quite difficult with these new hourly data, but we can see that Vikings: Valhalla performed favorably (at least in the first 2-3 weeks) compared to the last season of The Last Kingdom which was also released in early 2022.
Nielsen Data for Vikings: Valhalla Season 1
Nielsen publishes several top 10s each week (usually a month behind) that provide insight into how well the show is performing in the United States.
Again, in the first week listed below, Vikings: Valhalla was only available for 2 days.
|Week||Ranking That Week (Original Titles)||Minutes (millions)|
The show was a hit with critics and RottenTomatoes scored it at 89% (classified as Certified Fresh), but audience ratings are less favorable. The audience score on RottenTomatoes is 54% from the beginning of April 2022. On IMDb, the show sits at a much more favorable 7.2 with episode 8 scoring 8.1.
The critical consensus is as follows:
“Valhalla, enjoying the glory of straightforward adventure stories, is a damn good dramatization of Leif Eriksson’s conquests.”
The series was also nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award.
What is the production status of? Vikings: Valhalla season 2?
Official production status: post production (last updated: 01/03/2022)
Subscribers will be happy to hear that filming has already been completed for the second season of Vikings: Valhalla. We previously reported in November 2021 that production of the series is wrapped up in Ireland.
Wicklow Town looks stunning this week during the filming for Valhalla, a ‘Vikings’ spin-off!
— Visit Wicklow (@visitwicklow) September 10, 2021
Jeb Stuart confirmed that around the time of Season 1’s release, he was “finishing editing the final episode of Season Two”. That suggests the show will last about a year before dropping.
Production is also gearing up for Season 3. As part of Netflix’s confirmation of the second and third seasons, they said production would begin in the spring of 2022. We have been informed that they are preparing in April with a view to filming in May 2022.
Speaking to DigitalSpy, Jeb Stuart told them that season 3 is “very exciting” and “my Vikings are leaving Scandinavia, so we have a lot of great surprises.”
When is the Vikings: Valhalla season 2 release date?
At the time of publication, Netflix does not yet have an exact release date for Vikings: Valhalla season 2 after a general release date in 2023. However, we can estimate when we can expect the second season.
With the second season set to begin production in November 2021, we will most likely see the second season hit Netflix in early 2023 between January and March 2023.
What to expect from Season 2 of Vikings: Valhalla?
Like the show’s predecessor, Vikings: Valhalla takes a lot of creative liberties by trading historical accuracy for action and drama. However, many significant recorded events happened during this period of history that we can expect to see in Season 2 and beyond.
The Greenlander’s journey east has brought much pain and sorrow to Leif and his sister Freydis. All their comrades who sailed with them to Denmark eventually died. The biggest death that befell Leif was Lif, his lover, and fellow combatant who died during the invasion of Kattegat.
Lif was the only person who grounded Leif and stopped him from becoming like his famous berserker father, Erik the Red. Her death saw Leif break, which led to the explorer donning a pair of double axes, no armor, and single-handedly taking down an entire group of Viking warriors without breaking a sweat. His battle cry meant that, like his father before him, Leif embraces his bloodthirsty berserker nature.
Fate is often cruel, and if Leif follows in his father’s footsteps, he may be exiled or banished from the Viking world, forcing the famed explorer to sail west and establish Vinland, the first European settlement in the Americas. .
Harold, the future king of Norway?
One of the greatest creative freedoms that Vikings: Valhalla history is the early appearance of Harald Sigurdson, better known as Harold Hardrada.
Harold’s exploits in the Viking world are legendary, but none of them took place during the Viking events: Valhalla as the future king of Norway was just a baby, born to Asta and Sigurd in Ringerike, Norway, in 1015, a year after its destruction from London Bridge.
The Harald depicted in Valhalla has the open support of King Canute, but with the fate of his half-brother Olaf currently unknown, not to mention fleeing Kattegat with Freydis, Harald’s journey to become king remains a long way off.
Speaking to The Wrap, Leo Suter told them:
“Harald is screwed. Mass sewn and what’s more, it’s not just him that’s sewn, but it’s his loved ones that’s been sewn. So that relationship is, as you say, very damaged. And it will take a lot to heal. But yes, there are definitely some serious mistakes that happened to him. So let’s see what happens with that in season 2.
King Canute and the North Sea Empire
Aided by his ambitious wife Emma of Normandy and his father Sweyn Forkbeard, King Knut’s vision of a Great Northern Empire is within reach.
Queen Emma’s tactful trick against Queen Ælfgifu gave Sweyn enough time to find his son’s fleet and sail to the Kattegat. With Ælfgifu out of the picture, England is firmly under Cnut’s rule.
Cnut was already at war in Denmark, but missed his fleet thanks to Ælfgifu. With his father, Sweyn, helping to defend the Kattegat, it won’t be long before the Danes fall under the rule of the Norwegian king.
Once Cnut is king of Denmark, his dream of forming a North Sea empire will come true.
But, like all great empires and kingdoms, when the ruler dies and the land is there to be divided, expect many ambitious individuals to step into all three kingdoms of Canute.
Freydis the last?
With the destruction of Upsala and the rise of Christianity in the Viking world, the worship of the ancient gods is weakening by the day. Freydis and the Greenlanders are worshipers of the ancient customs, but even Leif is deeply interested in Christianity as a means of explaining all the miraculous ways in which he survives death.
It is still unclear what is meant by ‘the Last’ and what it means to Freydis. This could indicate that Freydis is the last person able to spread the worship of the Old Ways and that her destiny may lie in becoming a high priestess or a seer.
What is the episode count for season 2 of Vikings: Valhalla?
Every season of Vikings: Valhalla will consist of eight episodes.
In total there will be 24 episodes of Vikings: Valhalla spread over 3 seasons.
Looking ahead to Season 3, one of the biggest news we’ve had so far is that we can expect George Maniakes to be in the season. In history, Maniakes was a prominent general of the Byzantine Empire in the 11th century. He is ready to be played by Florian Munteanuwho played Raz Fist in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.
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