ET CANADA – Fans are anxiously awaiting the upcoming fifth season of “Vikings”, and the History channel had some phenomenal news to announce on Tuesday by revealing the show has been picked up for a 20-episode sixth season.
Season five of “Vikings” will kick off with a two-part premiere on Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on History, followed by eight episodes airing each Wednesday after that. The second half of the season is scheduled to air in 2018.
Meanwhile, production of the sixth season is slated to begin this fall in Ireland, and fans of shieldmaiden Lagertha will be in for a special treat with news that Canadian-born star Katheryn Winnick will go behind the camera to make her directorial debut with a season-six episode.
EW – Ragnar Lothbrok died last season on Vikings, and while his fractious family avenged him by the finale, the great king’s presence is felt strongly in the trailer for the show’s fifth season. Debuted at the epic History series’ Comic-Con panel on Friday, the preview promises a full-blown civil war amongst Ragnar’s family, with devious Ivar announcing “a war between brothers” as he plots to overthrow Lagertha’s rule.
The fifth season will debut on Nov. 29. As Entertainment Weekly exclusively revealed, the new batch of episodes will send characters all over the map. Bjorn will ride a camel through the desert. Ivar will battle Bishop Heahmund (played by new series regular Jonathan Rhys Meyers) in England. Floki will set off on his own journey, which will take him to Iceland. But many of the characters will also join together for a climactic battle. How climactic? As Lagertha says at the end of the trailer, “The end of our world is here.”
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER – San Diego Comic-Con took a somber turn late Friday when History’s Vikings staged a first for the massive pop culture confab: a funeral.
The marketing stunt came after the drama parted ways with leading man Travis Fimmel as his Ragnar Lothbrok was killed off in season four, with Friday’s traditional Viking funeral offering die-hard viewers a chance to say a proper goodbye to the former king of Kattegat in style. The service featured History setting a Viking ship on fire as the cast and attendees looked on and celebrated the show’s upcoming rebirth.
“I remember the first year we were in a small room at the convention center with just a few hundred people and now it’s utterly staggering,” creator and showrunner Michael Hirst said before the ship was set ablaze. “It’s beyond comprehension, really.”
Katheryn Winnick, who plays Queen Lagertha, agreed. “This is a show that I think grows by word of mouth. Friends tell their friends to watch, family members tell their family members to watch,” she said. “I’ve really seen a big shift in the last few years of die-hard fans, they get tattoos of our characters on their bodies. It’s crazy!”
That faithful fan base was out in full force, with many in cosplay as various characters, showing off their unique body art and trumpeting their Viking blowing horns as they paid their respects to the character. Finally, when the time came, the crowd was led in a chant that sent Ragnar off to Valhalla once and for all and the ship erupted in flames.
The flames raged on while the audience cheered. For Alex Hogh Andersen, who joined in season four as Ragnar’s son Ivar the Boneless, it was the perfect end to his first Comic-Con experience.
MONSTERS AND CRITICS – History’s Vikings returns for the second half of Season 4 on November 30, and the “soul” of the show — as creator Michael Hirst described her to Monsters & Critics — is still Lagertha, played by Ukrainian-Canadian actor Katheryn Winnick.
Winnick is stunning and athletic, and gives her Norse shieldmaiden warrior an incredible presence on screen.
She’s also a fighter who began martial arts training as a young teen, and all that training is serving her well on the Vikings set where she says that the blood you see on camera is likely the actors’ own.
Yesterday Winnick spoke to reporters and answered questions that have all fans on the edge of their seats for the coming Season 4B.
One of the main ones involved a twist in her love life.
In Vikings, Winnick’s character is maternal, both to her children (her daughter Gyda died in Season 1) and to the people of Kattegat and Hedeby where she lives.
This proud mother said no to her husband Ragnar Lothbrook when he proposed she be a second wife to Aslaug, who in later seasons allowed Lagertha’s granddaughter Siggy to perish by drowning.
THE STAR – Series is a less costly, less complicated Game of Thrones.
The Show: Vikings, Season 1, Episode 5
The Moment: The sexy mythology
Snuggled around a crackling fire, bold Viking chief Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel), his fierce wife Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick), his best pal Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard) and Floki’s wife Helga (Maude Hirst) teach Athelstan (George Blagden) — a monk Ragnar captured on a raid in England — about Valhalla.
The mood is boozy, sexy, sleepy. They all touch one another as they talk and each sentence is uttered dramatically.
“The roof is made out of shields,” Floki intones. “The rafters are spears. It has 540 doors and, when Ragnarok comes, 800 warriors will march out of each door shoulder to shoulder.”
“What is Ragnarok?” Athelstan asks.
CARTERMATT – Today marks the final edition in our Emmy preview series among dramas, and we certainly have saved one of the most-competitive categories for last in Supporting Actress. There are an almost-endless list of great candidates out there for this particular award, but we’ve managed to narrow down our personal list to just six names who were exemplary in the past year. Some of these may be included on many other lists; however, we also think there are a couple of names in here that may not be that prevalent elsewhere, but these performances are worthy of a nod to us. That excites us, since some of these performers are being tragically overlooked.
To go along with our personal picks below, we’re also including a poll at the bottom of this article for you to pick your own favorite! We’re keeping this poll open until July 13 (the day before the actual Emmys are announced), so you are going to have plenty of time to choose your favorite and we announce the winners among our readers. You can vote as many times as you wish and remember that this poll is just for fun.
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Katheryn Winnick, “Vikings” (History) – If you are watching Vikings then you know that Winnick’s portrayal of Lagertha is one that deserves Emmy recognition (and if you’re not watching “Vikings” you really should be, because it’s one of the best shows on TV right now). Lagertha is a hero that everyone wants to root for as she breaks the barriers of women in period pieces on TV right now that seem to want to put women in positions of weakness. This character is a warrior, a mother and a ruler, three very different layers of a woman that Winnick threads together with perfect grace.
Now, we’re turning this over to you! Vote for your favorite here, and head over here to see some other entries in our Emmy series right now!
Vikings is also on their list for drama series that should be nominated:
Outstanding Drama Series
Vikings (History) – Speaking of under-appreciated series, we conclude here with what is one of the best shows currently on TV that few people are putting in awards consideration. What “Vikings” does from an acting, writing, and set design perspective is remarkable. It throws you into this world, makes you care about its characters (even the awful ones), and also incorporates enough universal themes to have these stories and relationships be applicable to present day. It’s an epic like no other.
You can vote for it here.
Zap2It – With so much of pop culture obsessing over why we aren’t seeing strong, fierce females, perhaps they should turn their attention to Katheryn Winnick — and no, we aren’t referring to the character she plays on “Vikings.”
The Canadian beauty, best known for playing the imposing Viking figure Lagertha, posted a video clip to her Instagram on Tuesday (June 3). “Checked this off my bucket list,” she writes alongside the intense (some might say: insane) sight of a Great White being lured towards her as it throttles a cage with the actress inside.
In the clip, you can hear a male voice scream the F-word very loudly — and we’d have to say, we’re with him. Leaping clear out of the water, the shark seems to be the length of the cage itself. But notice that you never hear a female voice shrieking — because much like her character, Winnick is not easily intimidated.
“Shark diving with the Great White Sharks,” writes the 38-year-old actress and animal lover, using the hashtags #justdoit and #shark-conservation from what she identifies as the waters off Cape Town, South Africa.
Although relatively short in stature, Winnick is an imposing figure. She began training in martial arts at the age of seven, obtained her first black belt at 13, and by 21 she had founded 3 different martial arts schools. So, that Great White might not realize who he’s messing with.
— Vikings on HISTORY (@HistoryVikings) June 7, 2016
IB TIMES – Showrunner Michael Hirst’s storyline isn’t the only aspect of “Vikings” that features incredible twists and turns. So does the intricate hairstyles of the characters from the History Channel series — looks that were created by stylist Dee Corcoran. And in honor of National Hairstyle Day, which is celebrated Saturday, Corcoran is revealing the inspiration behind the iconic TV tresses in addition to what major transformations viewers can expect when “Vikings” returns in the fall.
According to Corcoran, who has worked behind-the-scenes on shows like “Camelot” and “The Tudors,” there aren’t many references from the Vikings period regarding Norse style. So when it came time to re-creating Nordic hairstyles, she had to coil together her own, creative ideas.
“I loved the braiding for the women so that’s how that started — the Lagertha [Katheryn Winnick] look. It had lots of texture,” she told International Business Times of the “beautiful” hairstyle that fans attempt to recreate regularly. “And for the men, for their long hair, we added extensions, which looked quite Vikingish on them!”
But with every season renewal comes a fresh start for Corcoran, which, quite literally, requires her to go back to the drawing board.