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Vikings: Valhalla is a highly anticipated historical drama series which follows on from the events of Vikings, which airs on History and Prime Video. The new series, which will air on Netflix, is set 100 years after the events of its predecessor and, like the original, filming is taking place in Ireland. Express.co.uk has the latest on the filming for the sequel, and when fans can expect the series to be released.
Has the Vikings Valhalla series release date been delayed?
Fans of Vikings were thrilled to hear another chapter of the story will be told in a new spin-off series, as the original series is due to come to an end in early 2021.
News of Vikings: Valhalla was first announced back in late 2019, and the series has been scheduled for a 2021 release date, although an exact date is yet to be announced.
Filming for the series started in Ireland earlier this year, but it had been suspended due to a number of, what seemed to be, positive coronavirus tests.
The shoot had been taking place at Ashford Studios, but it was put on pause for a week as at the time both cast and crew members had supposedly tested positive.
However it later came to light the team had received a number of false-positive tests, so filming has now resumed.
The cast and crew are being tested numerous times a week and anyone who tests positive must quarantine before returning to the set.
The spin-off series was commissioned by Netflix last year, and a total of 24 episodes will air on the streaming platform.
Vikings creator Michael Hirst will be working on the series, which tells the stories of some famous figures from the Viking Age.
Leif Eriksson, Freydis, Harald Harada and the famous Norman King William the Conqueror will all fight for their place in history.
According to IMDb the release date is still due to be in 2021, so the coronavirus scare does not seem to have caused too much of a delay.
Fans are still waiting to find out more about when the series will air, and Express.co.uk will update this story when an official date is announced.
Not much is known about the casting for the series, but according to the IMDb page, one official cast member has been named.
Conor Hegarty will be taking on the role of an old priest in the new series – he is a stunt man who has appeared in Game of Thrones.
In September 2020 Whats-on-Netflix reported Bosco Hogan had been cast as Athelred. Alan Devine was also cast as the Ealdorman of Kent and Gavin O’Connor as the Ealdorman of East Anglia.
Devine and Hogan starred in the original Vikings series as minor characters.
Fans responded to the good news about filming, saying they were so excited for the next chapter to be told.
Sadly none of the main characters from the original series will be taking on roles in the new show, due to the huge time jump, but viewers are looking forward to seeing who will else star.
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Prax150 said on Reddit: “When they first started coming out with Vikings I always thought this was where they’d eventually go with it.
“Like the first couple of seasons follow Ragnar and his conquests, but eventually they switch gears and do Leif Erikson and others, show how the Vikings crossed the Atlantic, etc.
“I fell off the show around the time Travis Fimmel left but it was disappointing that it just wound up boiling down to a family drama with a Norse setting. This new series sounds like it might have a lot more potential.”
Ghostface1357 hoped the timeline for the spin-off series will be more accurate than Vikings, which is loosely based on Viking history.
They said: “The show has been picked up for 24 episodes so perhaps two 12 episode seasons or three eight-episode seasons.
“It depends on what route they’ll want to take. Maybe we see Harald Hardrada’s exiled years in Kiev/Constantinople where he becomes extremely rich. They might skip the civil war (knowing Hirst even though he’s not the main writer, probably not).”
Ghostface1357 continued: “Damn, I’m so hyped for Vikings Valhalla now. From the descriptions, it looks like season one will actually start with the invasion of England and the whole war between Harold Godwinson/Harald Hardrada/William The Conqueror.
“I wish we would’ve seen Harald Hardrada’s early life, maybe his exiled years with the Rus’ or in Constantinople or the civil war in Denmark/Norway.”
Fans will most likely have to wait until the original Vikings series has finished airing before the spin-off comes to light, so they are looking at a potential release date of late spring 2021.
Vikings: Valhalla will air on Netflix
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