‘Vikings: Valhalla’ Season 2: Everything We Know So Far

Vikings: Valhalla – Picture: Netflix

Vikings: Walhallathe long-awaited sequel to MGM’s vikings, recently released on Netflix. Fans of the series will be pleased to hear that the second season has already been filmed and confirmed to return in 2023. Here’s everything we know so far about Vikings: Walhalla season 2 on Netflix.

Vikings: Walhalla is a Netflix Original historical drama created by Michael Hirst and a spin-off of the popular History Channel series, vikings. The series is produced by MGM Productions, like its predecessor which ran for six seasons.

The events of Vikings: Walhalla is set a hundred years after the great Viking army set sail for England, led by the sons of Ragnar Lothbrok who sought revenge for his death.

We’ll dive deeper into what we know about Season 2 below, so if you’re just looking for the highlights, here they are:

  • The show will return for season 2 in 2023 (no specific date given)
  • The series will also return for a third season.
  • Production for Season 3 is expected to begin in the spring (specifically May 2022)
  • Jeb Stuart continues as showrunner for seasons 2 & 3
  • The return of Sam Corlett (Leif Eriksson), Frida Gustavsson (Freydis Eriksdotter) and Leo Suter (Harald Sigurdsson) is confirmed.

AT Vikings: Walhalla renewed for a second season?

Not only has Vikings: Walhalla already been renewed for a second, but it was announced in advance that Vikings: Walhalla was also renewed for a third season.

The reason for this early renewal is the huge initial order the show received when it was first announced. 24 episodes have been ordered in total.

Netflix also acquired the licensing rights to the Vikings original series as part of this deal with Netflix UK and Netflix US which are still expected to receive seasons 1-6 in a few years.

Netflix has officially confirmed that Vikings: Walhalla will return for two more seasons on March 9, 2022.

Given the popularity of the show’s predecessor, vikingswas, Netflix is ​​extremely confident that Vikings: Walhalla will be a huge success for them.

How did Vikings: Valhalla perform on Netflix?

Thanks to the Netflix Top 10 data, we have a pretty good idea of ​​how well the show performed. For its first two days on the platform, it recorded 80.56 million hours watched, making it the second most-watched show that week.

Between February 25 and April 3, 2022 (the show’s first 37 days available), the show racked up 265,550,000 hours watched on Netflix.

Period of the week Viewing Hours (M) Rank Week in the Top 10
February 20, 2022 to February 27, 2022 80,560,000 2 1
February 27, 2022 to March 6, 2022 113,380,000 (+41%) 1 2
March 6, 2022 to March 13, 2022 41,760,000 (-63%) 4 3
March 13, 2022 to March 20, 2022 19,800,000 (-53%) 8 4
March 27, 2022 to April 3, 2022 10,050,000 (-49%) 9 5

Making comparisons is quite difficult with this new hourly data, but we can see that Vikings: Valhalla performed well (at least in the first 2-3 weeks) compared to The Last Kingdom which was also released in early 2022.

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Nielsen data for Vikings: Valhalla Season 1

Nielsen releases various top 10s each week (usually a month behind schedule) that provide insight into the show’s performance in the United States.

Again, during the first week shown below, Vikings: Walhalla was only available 2 days.

Week Rank This Week (Original Tracks) Minutes (millions)
21/02-27/02 8 796
28/02-06/03 2 1079

The show was a hit with critics with RottenTomatoes scoring it at 89% (rated as Certified Fresh) but audience scores were less favorable. On RottenTomatoes, the audience score at the start of April 2022 is 54%. On IMDb, the show sits at a much more favorable 7.2, with episode 8 having a score of 8.1.

The critical consensus is as follows:

“Reveling in the glory of simple adventure storytelling, Valhalla is a bloody good dramatization of Leif Eriksson’s conquests.”

What is the production status of Vikings: Walhalla season 2?

Official production status: post-production (last update: 03/01/2022)

Subscribers will be delighted to learn that the filming of the second season of Vikings: Walhalla. We previously reported in November 2021 that production on the series had ended in Ireland.

Jeb Stuart confirmed that by the time Season 1 was released, he was “finishing the final episode of Season Two”. This suggests to us that the show is going to be off for about a year before dropping.

Production is also gearing up for Season 3. As part of Netflix’s confirmation of the second and third season, they said production will begin in the spring of 2022. We have learned that they are gearing up throughout the month of April with a view to starting filming in May 2022.

Speaking to DigitalSpy, Jeb Stuart told them Season 3 is “very exciting” and “my Vikings are coming out of Scandinavia so we have a lot of great surprises”.

When is the Vikings: Walhalla season 2 release date?

At the time of publication, Netflix has not announced any exact release date for Vikings: Walhalla season 2 beyond a general release date in 2023. However, we can make an educated guess on when we can expect the second season to arrive.

With production completed on the second season in November 2021, we will most likely see the second season hit Netflix in early 2023 between January and March 2023 most likely.

What to expect from the second season of Vikings: Walhalla?

Much like the show’s predecessor, Vikings: Walhalla takes many creative liberties in trading historical accuracy for action and drama. However, there are plenty of recorded significant events that happened during this time period in history that we can expect to see in Season 2 and beyond.

Leif the Fortunate Red?

The Greenlander’s journey to the east brought much pain and grief to Leif and his sister, Freydis. All their comrades who set sail with them to Denmark eventually died. The biggest death to affect Leif was Lif, his lover and fellow warrior who died during the invasion of Kattegat.

Lif was the one person who held Leif down and kept him from becoming like his famous berserker father, Erik the Red. His death saw Leif crack, causing the explorer to don a pair of dual axes, unarmoured, and single-handedly take down an entire band of Viking warriors without breaking a sweat. His battle cry meant that, like his father before him, Leif embraces his nature as a bloodthirsty berserker.

Fate is often cruel, and if Leif follows in his father’s footsteps, he could find himself banished or exiled from the Viking world, forcing the famed explorer to sail west and establish Vinland, the first European settlement in the Americas.

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Pictured: Sam Corlett as Leif Erikson

Harold, future king of Norway?

One of the greatest creative freedoms that Vikings: Walhalla caught up with the story is the early appearance of Harald Sigurdson, better known as Harold Hardrada.

Harold’s exploits in the Viking world are legendary, but none of them took place during the events of Viking: Valhalla as the future king of Norway was just a baby, born to Asta and Sigurd in Ringerike, Norway, in 1015, a year after the destruction of London Bridge.

The Harald depicted in Valhalla has the open support of King Cnut but with the fate of his half-brother Olaf currently unknown, not to mention fleeing Kattegat with Freydis, Harald’s journey to becoming king still remains a distant one.

Speaking to The Wrap, Leo Suter told them:

“Harald was screwed. Massively screwed up and besides, it’s not just him who got screwed but it’s his relatives who got screwed. This relationship is therefore, as you say, very damaged. And it will take a lot to heal. But yes, there was definitely some serious harm that happened to him. So let’s see in Season 2 what happens with that.

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Pictured: Leo Suter as Harold Hardrada

King Cnut and the North Sea Empire

Aided by his ambitious wife Emma of Normandy and his father Sweyn Forkbeard, King Cnut’s vision of a great northern empire is within reach.

Queen Emma’s tactful scheme against Queen Ælfgifu gave Sweyn enough time to find his son’s fleet and set sail for the Kattegat. With Ælfgifu now out of the picture, England is firmly under Cnut’s rule.

Cnut was already waging a war in Denmark but was short of his fleet thanks to Ælfgifu. With his father, Sweyn, now helping in the defense of Kattegat, it won’t be long before the Danes fall under the rule of the Norse king.

Once Cnut is King of Denmark, his dream of forming a North Sea Empire will come true.

But, like all great empires and kingdoms, when its ruler dies and the land must be divided, expect to see many ambitious individuals throwing themselves into Cnut’s Three Kingdoms.

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Pictured: Bradley Freegard as King Canut

Freydis the Last?

With the destruction of Upsala and the rise of Christianity in the Viking world, the worship of the old gods is weakening day by day. Freydis and the Greenlanders are worshipers of the old ways, but even Leif has taken a keen interest in Christianity as a way to explain all the miraculous ways he survives death.

It is still unclear what is meant by “the last” and what it means for Freydis. This might suggest that Freydis might be the last person capable of spreading the cult of the Ancient Ways and that her destiny might be to become a High Priestess or Seer.

vikings valhalla season 2 freydis

Pictured: Frida Gustavsson as Freydis (left) and Caroline Henderson as Jarl Haakon (right)

How many episodes is season 2?

Each season of Vikings: Walhalla will consist of eight episodes.

In total, there will be 24 episodes of Vikings: Walhalla spread over 3 seasons.

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