Tuesday, September 12, 2017

History Renews 'Vikings' for Season 6

Months ahead of the drama's return for its fifth season, History has renewed its original drama series Vikings for a sixth season, it was announced today. The renewal is once again for a 20-episode season.

The fifth season of the veteran drama will begin on Wednesday, November 29. The second 10-episode half of Season 5 will air later in 2018. However, production on Season 6 of the show will begin this fall in Ireland. Additionally, series star Katheryn Winnick will make her directorial debut in a Season 6 episode.

Season 5 stars Katheryn Winnick, Clive Standen, Gustaf Skarsgård, Alexander Ludwig, John Kavanagh, Peter Franzén, Jasper Pääkkönen, Moe Dunford, Alex Høgh, Marco Ilsø, Jordan Patrick Smith and Jonathan Rhys Meyers.

Michael Hirst created the drama. He executive produces with Morgan O'Sullivan, Sheila Hockin, Sherry Marsh, Alan Gasmer, James Flynn and John Weber. MGM Television and Shaw Media produce.

"Vikings has creatively sailed to monumental lengths. The series has evolved from early raids in England, to the heart-stopping death of Ragnar Lothbrok, to the fierce battles of the Great Heathen Army, and now we'll see the sons of Ragnar exploring and conquering the known world," said Eli Lehrer, Executive Vice President of Programming, History. "Michael Hirst has only scratched the surface of his epic saga. We look forward to continuing our partnership with one of the greatest writers in this era of Peak TV and entertaining our viewers with 40 new episodes over the next two seasons."

"It has been my pleasure and my privilege to work with History and our partner MGM over five seasons and 69 episodes of Vikings. Now we are ready to begin production of a 20-episode season six that will deliver a huge and unexpected revelation to our audience," added Hirst. "There are many reasons why I love this show, not least for the commitment and creativity of everyone involved in making it, but perhaps even more important is the spirit that drives this production - one of the happiest, most collaborative and most authentic productions I have ever been involved with. And so we sail on."