The History Channel knows what they’ve got with their drama series Vikings, thankfully. After previously announcing that Season 5 would be the final for the show, they took it back and picked up Michael Hirst‘s raiding epic for a 6th season.
The first half of Vikings Season 5 is set to premiere on November 29th, and thanks to IGN, we have our first glimpse of what’s in store:
Season 4 was a tough one for fans, as we had to say goodbye to Travis Fimmel‘s amazing character Ragnar Lothbrok. Those who knew the real story of the ill-fated yet notable leader had been waiting for the historical end, tossed into a pit of vipers by an angry King who wanted revenge. Didn’t make it any easier to watch. though. After so many years spent in pressrooms and events at various conventions with Travis, saying goodbye to such a presence was hard, even though I knew it was coming.
Thankfully, showrunner Michael Hirst knows exactly what he’s doing, considering he’s written each and every script in the show’s run. That’s super impressive, and his knowledge of who the characters are and the abilities of his cast continues to surpass the majority of large cable network’s flagship shows.
The other big news for Season 6 is that star Katheryn Winnick who plays warrior queen Lagertha, will be stepping up to direct for the first time during the next season. This is spectacular news, as Lagertha and Winnick herself have become symbols of the strength of women. Watching her tweet/Instagram in triumph after the recent archaeological discovery of an ancient Viking warrior Queen’s tomb was pretty inspirational:
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It's finally official! DNA proves that Viking women were powerful warriors. Since I started portraying Lagertha, I've had to deal with a lot of critics who didn't believe that women could've been actual warriors. The American Journal of Physical Anthropology just confirmed by genomics that a female Viking warrior existed and was buried in the highest order. I had the privilege to go to Sweden last year and meet the archeologist and see this remarkable finding first hand. 🙌🏼#proudtoplayLagertha
Vikings Season 5 debuts on History on November 29th.