The St. Brice Massacre will be the entry point to Vikings: Valhalla.
Taking place more than 100 years after the end of the original Vikings series, at the beginning of the 11th century, Vikings : Valhalla will chronicle the heroic adventures of some of the most famous Vikings of all time, such as legendary explorer Leif Eriksson (Sam Corlett), his fiery, strong-willed sister, Freydis Eriksdotter (Frida Gustavsson), and the ambitious Prince of the North, Harald Sigurdsson (Leo Suter). As tensions between the Vikings and English royalty reach a bloody tipping point and the Vikings themselves fall out over their pagan and Christian beliefs, these three iconic characters embark on a journey that leads them to across oceans and on battlefields, from the Kattegat to England, and beyond, in a struggle for survival and glory.
A first trailer for Vikings: Valhalla
The Vikings: Valhalla TV series will premiere exclusively on Netflix by February 25.
“When I came to the project, I said I didn’t want to write season 7 of Vikings, the sequel to Michael Hurst’s series.“, says Jeb Stuart, showrunner, writer and executive producer. “It’s a series that follows its own course, its own rhythm and has a new historical context. I did a lot of research. I pushed my learning of Viking History until I became unbeatable. And so I found out about the St. Brice’s Day massacre (when King Æthelred the Misguided ordered all Danes in the Kingdom to be killed). I thought ‘Wow’. For me, this has major cultural resonance and current relevance. I felt like we had to start Vikings Valhalla here, because there were pagan Vikings at that time and Christian Vikings. Much like in our modern American culture, you have Republicans and Democrats. And then when you go to war – when there was 9/11, for example – suddenly you forget your ideology, you become American and you are just one people. Inadvertently, King Æthelred gave future King Knut the Great a reason to unite the Vikings. He gave them a reason to stop killing each other over religious differences. A reason to be Vikings again, and I thought that was a really cool place to start a new series. Then, by bringing Freydis and Leif from Greenland, we were able to arrive 150 years later…“