The second season of “Vikings: Valhalla” is just like the third season already a sure thing. 24 episodes of the series are planned in total and the new season will start on time in 2023.
The first eight episodes of the new spin-off series “Vikings” have been available on Netflix since February 2022. Less than a year later we get to see the second season. You can now watch the trailer here.
The trailer not only reveals the start date of the new eight episodes on January 12, 2023, but also something about the future fate of the protagonists, who seem to remain loyal to each other but are all pursuing their own goals.
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In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Jeb Stuart, the showrunner of the new series, at least expanded his plans and confirmed that the third season is already in the pipeline. He also reveals that he pitched the series as a multi-season project from the start so that there would be an opportunity to develop the characters over longer storylines while also drawing a larger historical arc.
The first season focuses primarily on three Vikings: Freydis Eriksdotter (Frida Gustavsson), her famous explorer brother Leif Eriksson (Sam Corlett) and the Norse prince Harald Sigurdsson (Leo Suter). Their destinies intertwine after the St. Brice’s Day massacre, when King Æthelred II of England (Bosco Hogan) gives the order to murder all Danes on his lands. The people of the north seek revenge, but they are now torn between Christian and pagan communities.
Even if it was said beforehand that “Vikings: Valhalla” should be more historical, it is not. At most insofar as that this time with Leif Eriksson and his sister Freydis Eriksdotter and Harald III. historically well-documented people from reality are presented. But as far as the data and facts from their real lives are concerned, the spin-off is also rather loosely oriented and offers extremely compressed contemporary history staged as a drama, with a lot of creative freedom and some true cores.
At least we didn’t discover Newfoundland in Season 1, but we were able to observe Leif’s beginning Christianization and how the Norse tribes are divided on the basis of religion. It is difficult to foresee whether the second season will still go on a tour of discovery, which of the supporting characters may survive for a long time, but some things are definitely certain: The outcome of the conflict between Christians and pagans will certainly not change the series, so it is difficult to assume that in the coming seasons these problems will also affect Leif’s relationship with his (half) sister. And Freydis, on the other hand, shouldn’t find it any easier after the recent events in Kattegat to defend Odin’s order and the Nordic belief in gods.