Vikings: Valhalla TV Series Overview (2022)


Introduction

Vikings: Valhalla is a historical drama streaming television series created by Jeb Stuart for Netflix. It is a sequel to the History’s Vikings, filmed in County Wicklow, Ireland.

Set one hundred years after the events of Vikings, the series chronicles the beginning of the end of the Viking Age, marked by the Battle of Stamford Bridge in 1066.

The series premiered on Netflix on 25 February 2022.

Outline

Set one hundred years after the events of Vikings, as tensions between the Vikings and the English royals reach a bloody breaking point and as the Vikings themselves clash over their conflicting Christian and Pagan beliefs. Leif Erikson, Freydís Eiríksdóttir and Harald Hardrada begin an epic journey that will take them across oceans and through battlefields, from Kattegat to England and beyond, as they fight for survival and glory. The series shows the end of the Viking Age, marked by the Battle of Stamford Bridge in 1066.

Cast

  • Main:
    • Sam Corlett as Leif Erikson, an explorer from Greenland.
    • Frida Gustavsson as Freydís Eiríksdóttir, Leif’s sister.
    • Leo Suter as Harald Hardrada.
    • Bradley Freegard as King Canute “the Great”.
    • Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson as Olaf Haraldsson.
    • Caroline Henderson as Jarl Haakon (season 1).
    • Laura Berlin as Emma of Normandy.
    • David Oakes as Earl Godwin..
  • Recurring:
    • Lujza Richter as Liv (season 1).
    • Gavan O’Connor-Duffy as Njal (season 1).
    • Álfrún Laufeyjardóttir as Yrsa (season 1).
    • Jack Mullarkey as Toke (season 1).
    • James Ballanger as Hallbjorn.
    • Kenneth M. Christensen as Jarl Norí.
    • Pääru Oja as Arne Gormsson (season 1).
    • Jaakko Ohtonen as Johan (season 1).
    • Robert Mccormack as Tomas (season 1).
    • Louis Davison as Prince Edmund (season 1).
    • Gavin Drea as Eadric Streona (season 1).
    • Asbjørn Krogh Nissen as Jarl Kåre (season 1).
    • Pollyanna McIntosh as Queen Ælfgifu of Denmark.
    • Søren Pilmark as Sweyn Forkbeard.
    • Christopher Rygh as Agnarr.
    • Henessi Schmidt as Gytha.
    • Ruben Lawless as Harald Harefoot.
    • Bill Murphy as Ogda.
  • Guest:
    • Bosco Hogan as King Aethelred II (season 1).
    • Wolfgang Cerny as Sten Sigurdsson (season 1).
    • Frank Blake as Birger (season 1).
    • Leifur Sigurðarson as Gunnar Magnússon (season 1).
    • Julian Seager as Jarl Gorm (season 1).
    • John Kavanagh as The Seer.
    • Yvonne Mai as Merin (season 1).
    • Jack Hickey as Richard II, Duke of Normandy.

Trivia

  • Official sources states that the series takes place a 100 years after the events of the original Vikings (2013). However the original Vikings takes place in the late 790’s and early 800’s, indicated by several title cards in season 1 and 2.
    • Canute the Great’s invasion of England (confirmed by multiple first hand sources) took place in the 1010’s, making it closer to 200 years later.
  • According to the sagas, Harald Sigurdsson was the descendant of Haraldr inn Hárfagri who appears in Vikings (2013) as Harald Finehair.
    • Jarl Haakon is said to be the descendant of the jarls of Lade, a Trondheim clan, Harald’s allies turned rivals of Harald’s descendants.
  • The historical Jarl Haakon was in fact a man, and in the series he is played by a woman.
  • The series dramatises many of the same historical events and personalities as the critically acclaimed anime Vinland Saga (2019).
  • The series does not explain how Norway came under the rule of the Danish king.
    • The historical background to this was that Sweyn Forkbeard (Søren Pilmark) had defeated and killed the Norwegian king Olaf Tryggvason who was the great grandson of Harald Finehair.
    • Afterward Sweyn had instated Olaf’s Norwegian enemy Eirik jarl and his sons Svein and Hákon as the vassal rulers.
    • The family roughly corresponds to jarl Haakon (Caroline Henderson) of the show.
    • Olaf Tryggvason had also launched a devastating viking attack on England which was one of the raids which drove Aethelred II to order the St. Brice’s Day Massacre.
    • Olaf Tryggvason was also the godfather of Olaf Haraldsson.
  • Harald Finehair had many children. So many in fact that Harald Sigurdsson (Leo Suter) and Olaf Haraldsson (Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson) were both of his descendants, not by their shared mother as one might expect but by their different fathers who were descendants of different sons of Harald Finehair.

Vikings Series

You can find a full index and overview of Vikings here.

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s):
    • Steve Saint Leger … (3 episodes, 2022).
    • Hannah Quinn … (2 episodes, 2022).
    • Niels Arden Oplev … (1 episode, 2022).
  • Producer(s):
    • Paul Buccieri … executive producer (24 episodes, 2022).
    • James Flynn … executive producer (24 episodes, 2022).
    • Steve Stark … executive producer (10 episodes, 2022).
    • Mark Murdoch … producer (9 episodes, 2022).
    • Sheila Hockin … executive producer (8 episodes, 2022).
    • John Weber … executive producer (1 episode, 2022).
    • Sherry Marsh … executive producer (2020-2021) (unknown episodes).
    • Alan Gasmer … executive producer (2020) (unknown episodes).
    • Michael Hirst … executive producer (unknown episodes).
    • Morgan O’Sullivan … executive producer (unknown episodes).
    • Jeb Stuart … executive producer (unknown episodes).
  • Writer(s):
    • Jeb Stuart … (created by) (24 episodes, 2022).
    • Vanessa Alexander … (written by) (2 episodes, 2022).
    • Declan Croghan … (1 episode, 2022).
    • Eoin McNamee … (1 episode, 2022).
  • Music:
    • Trevor Morris … (8 episodes, 2022).
  • Cinematography:
    • Peter Robertson … (8 episodes, 2022).
  • Editor(s):
    • Roslyn Kalloo … (2 episodes, 2022).
  • Production:
    • MGM Television
    • MGM/UA Television.
  • Distributor(s):
    • MGM Television (2022) (World-wide) (all media).
    • Netflix (2022) (World-wide) (video) (VOD).
  • Release Date: 25 February 2022.
  • Running time: 51 minutes (per episode).
  • Rating: 15.
  • Country: US
  • Language: English.

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