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 – The Vikings panel at San Diego Comic-Con is always a raucous affair, but expect an especially wild time with the HISTORY series this year. Coming off a radical season that saw major characters depart the series, this year’s Vikings panel will include longtime stars Katheryn Winnick, Gustaf Skarsgard, and Alexander Ludwig, along with new key figure Alex Hogh Anderson (who plays devious rising conqueror Ivar) and the show’s creator Michael Hirst.
But Vikings is also staging a major event: An honest-to-god Viking Funeral, complete with a procession through the Gaslamp Quarter on Friday afternoon. The funeral will culminate at 7 p.m. local time with a pyrotechnic display on a 45-foot Viking longship, on the waterfront behind the Convention Center at Embarcadero Marina Park South. (Anyone who attends the latter can pick up their own Viking drinking horn.)
In addition, the cast will take over EW’s Snapchat account all day Friday for an inside look at all their goings on throughout the day (yes, including that Viking Funeral). Follow along by adding EWSnaps on Snapchat.
HISTORY’s “VIKINGS” PANEL – Friday, July 22 from 5:45-6:45 p.m., Room 6BCF
“Vikings” returns to SDCC. Travis Fimmel (“Ragnar”), Katheryn Winnick (“Lagertha”), Clive Standen (“Rollo”), Alexander Ludwig (“Bjorn”), Gustaf Skarsgard (“Floki”) and Michael Hirst (writer/creator) will reveal an exclusive sneak peek of the new season. Don’t miss out – come join them and find out what the gods have in store!
Below is a sneak peek to the trailer being shown during the Comic-Con panel, please share with your readers.
“VIKINGS” CAST AUTOGRAPH SESSION – San Diego Convention Center – Friday, July 22 from 4 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Hosted by SDCC, 75 lucky fans will be chosen from a random drawing to attend an exclusive autograph signing with the “Vikings” cast. Please visit the autograph area information booth for details on how to participate in a limited signing drawing.
“VIKINGS” VIPERS DEN – San Diego Convention Center – Booth #4215 – July 20-24
There were many ways to die during the Vikings era, however the most brutal and sinister form of death was being thrown into a snake pit. HISTORY assimilates the torture and terror with the “Vikings” Vipers Den on the SDCC floor. Fans will experience the fear of being surrounded by real snakes in a dark, dank abyss with no immediate escape.
Attendees will have their screams and writhing captured on camera in sharable gifs and receive a “Vikings” viper cuff as a token of their triumph over death. Throughout the five day booth activation, there will be opportunities for fans to enter for chances to win tickets to the “Vikings” cast panel or the “Vikings” cast autograph session, both on Friday, July 22.
Also available to fans while supplies last is a custom “Vikings” limited edition comic book from a story created by Michael Hirst, exclusively for SDCC and a “Vikings” drinking horn.
Please join in the conversation by using hashtag #Vikings @HistoryVikings
Comic Con weekend is July 20-24th.
SDCC UNOFFICIAL BLOG – The Hollywood Reporter has quietly revealed a few more panels heading to San Diego Comic-Con – including confirmation that Vikings and Bates Motel returns to the convention, and word on which panelists for Van Helsing will be in attendance.
Attendees can stop by the Vikings panel for a chat with stars Travis Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick, Clive Standen, Gustaf Skarsgard, Alyssa Sutherland and Alexander Ludwig, along with creator Michael Hirst. We also expect you’ll get another exclusive Comic-Con comic book.
SPORTSRAGEOUS – History Channel’s “Vikings” might be about Ragnar Lothbrok and his adventures; one might not help but notice the women in his life including Lagertha played by Katheryn Winnick around the show returns with its second half of season four she is coming with a vengeance.
In the midseason finale, Lagertha was the stab in the chest during the failed siege of Paris for which even Ragnar lost to his traitor brother Rollo. As Bjorn was assisting his mother, he was also cursing his father for the failed raid and for his mother’s predicament. Showrunner Michael Hirst explained to TV Guide that Katheryn Winnick’s character is not yet bound to crossover Valhalla just yet as in the second half of season four will figure out a power struggle between her and Aslaug, played by Alyssa Sutherland.
“She’s also gone on this amazing female journey in which she’s gone from farmer’s wife [who’s] happily married with kids, to being betrayed, to being in an abusive relationship, to having power, to having power taken away from her by men, to having to fight her way back, to having to lose her baby again,” Hirst said. “She is the soul of the show and I need her.”
DESIGN & TREND – Katheryn Winnick’s Lagertha won’t be going to Valhalla anytime soon.
Before the surprising time jump towards the end of the season 5 finale of “Vikings,” Lagertha was brutally stabbed in the chest during the siege on Paris. The shieldmaiden wasn’t seen nor was she mentioned in the flash-forward, but series creator Michael Hirst confirmed in a couple of interviews following the airing of the midseason finale that Lagertha is alive.
“There’s a feminist collective in New York who wrote to me a couple years ago and they said, ‘We don’t’ care how many of the male characters you kill off, but if you do anything to Lagertha, you’re in trouble.’ So I’m very careful about that warning,” Hirst told TV Guide.
On a more serious note, Hirst said that Lagertha is far too important of a character for him to kill off just yet.
CHRISTIAN TODAY – The first half of “Vikings” season 4 came to bloody close, and fans can’t wait when the latter half of the season arrives. Unfortunately, History Channel hasn’t announced the return date of the series.
Rumors, however, indicate that “Vikings” season 4 will premiere this July. By then it will have been around three months since the midseason finale aired. Den of Geek believes that the show will return as HBO’s “Game of Thrones” wraps up.
For fans of Katheryn Winnick’s Lagertha, it is important for them to known when “Vikings” season 4 will return, because it will mean they will finally see what is in store for the shieldmaiden, who was in an alarming situation when the credits rolled.
She was as good as dead in the midseason finale after Aslaug attempted to eliminate her to have the crown to herself. (this is part of the original article but its not a true statement – Lagertha was stabbed by the Franks during the second invasion of Paris ~ Alikat) But according to executive producer Michael Hirst, Lagertha will live to see another day.
In fact, “Vikings” season 4 promises an epic comeback for her. “She’s a huge part of the story going forward,” Hirst told Entertainment Weekly.