The first scripted drama series from the History Channel – Vikings – has been given a 10-episode second season order. This renewal comes after just five episodes of the show’s debut season, which consists of 9 parts, has aired.
‘Vikings’ follows the adventures of Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel from ‘The Beast’ and ‘Tarzan’), 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 from ‘In Treatment’ and ‘Usual Suspects’), who continues to send his Viking raiders east every summer, to the Baltic states and Russia, whose populations are as materially poor as themselves.
The cast of ‘Vikings’ includes Katheryn Winnick (‘Bones’) as Lagertha, a fierce shield maiden and Ragnar’s wife; Jessalyn Gilsig (‘Glee’) as Siggy, Earl Haraldson’s beautiful wife; George Blagden (‘Les Miserables’) as Athelstan, a young, innocent Christian monk captured by Ragnar on his first raid on England; Clive Standen (‘Robin Hood’) as Rollo, Ragnar’s impulsive, wild, care-free brother and Gustaf Skarsgard (‘The Way Back’) as Floki, a ship builder who designs the new generation of Vikings ships.
‘Vikings’, which was created and written by Academy-award winner Michael Hurst (‘Elizabeth’), who also serves as executive producer along with Morgan O’Sullivan (‘The Count of Monte Cristo’) and John Weber, Sherry Marsh, Alan Gasmer, James Flynn and Sheila Hockin (all from ‘The Tudors’), is the #1 new cable series of the year.
Dirk Hoogstra, the Executive Vice President of Development and Programming for History had this to say about the series: “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. 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″.
The next new episode of the debut season of ‘Vikings’ will air on Sunday, April 7 at 10/9c on the History Channel.