Keep those axes sharp and beards flowing, Vikings fans, because your fight isn’t over just yet.
History announced in a press release Friday afternoon that it has ordered up a 10-episode second season of Vikings. The move comes just five episodes into the series’ inaugural run, which experienced the best debut for a scripted series in Canada so far this year, drawing 1.1 million pairs of eyeballs to its premiere. It has since averaged 942,000 viewers per week in its Sunday 10 p.m. timeslot.
“Right out of the gate, Canadian audiences and critics alike have been captivated by Vikings,” Shaw Media senior vice-president of content Barbara Williams said in the release. “With [creator] Michael Hirst’s brilliant storytelling and the performances by the exceptional ensemble cast, the series has flawlessly captured the spirit of this elusive and complicated culture. We’ve only begun to scratch the surface of this world and look forward to delving deeper into it in Season 2.”
“We are very excited that Vikings is generating so much attention worldwide,” Roma Khanna, president of television and digital for MGM, added. “MGM is thrilled to have the continued support and enthusiasm of our partners at History and to work with an amazing international team as they bring Michael Hirst’s vision to audiences around the globe.”
Vikings is an Irish/Canadian co-production that follows the life and epic adventures of Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel), an enterprising viking bent on discovering new worlds who is held back and deeply frustrated by the unadventurous, short-sighted conquering policies of his local chieftain, Earl Haraldson (Gabriel Byrne). The series also stars Canadians Katheryn Winnick (Bones) as Ragnar’s wife, Lagertha, and Jessalyn Gilsig (Glee, Heroes) as Earl’s wife, Siggy. The series broadcasts both in Canada and the United States.
Season 1 of Vikings is set to conclude on Sunday, April 28. There is no word yet on a premiere date for Season 2.
Vikings airs Sundays at 10 p.m. on History.