Expected on Netflix, Vikings: Valhalla is the spin-off of the famous Vikings series. To understand the new show from the American giant, do you have to have seen the original series? Response.
Announced in 2019 and eagerly awaited by Vikings fans, the spin-off Vikings: Valhalla is about to land on Netflix. Produced by Michael Hirst, the showrunner of the original series, this new series has been entrusted to screenwriter Jeb Stuart (Crystal Trap, The Fugitive). The 8 episodes of this first season of Vikings: Valhalla were directed by Niels Arden Oplev, Danish director awarded at the BAFTAs, Steve Saint Leger who has already directed several episodes of the first series and Hannah Quinn.
Vikings: Valhalla is set 150 years after the parent series and will follow the epic adventures of new legendary heroes: explorer Leif Eriksson (Sam Corlett), his fiery sister with a strong character Freydis Eriksdotter (Frida Gustavsson) and the ambitious prince of North Harald Sigurdsson (Leo Suter).
The series will plunge us into the heart of the tensions between the Vikings, already torn between their pagan and Christian beliefs, and English royalty through the epic of these three mythical characters but also other protagonists closely or remotely linked to legendary figures. from the original series such as Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel), Rollo (Clive Standen), Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick), Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig) or even Ivar (Alex Høgh Andersen).
Should we catch up with Vikings before discovering Vikings: Valhalla?
Although Vikings: Valhalla tells the story of some descendants of the characters of the parent series, it is not necessary to have seen the six seasons of Vikings to understand the stakes of the new Netflix series. Even if multiple references to the mythical characters raised are on the program – and which will please fans of the first hour – you will not be lost if you have not seen Vikings since Vikings: Valhalla tells a whole new part of the story. ‘History with sufficiently rich and developed protagonists for us to be interested in them without difficulty.
The showrunner Jeb Stuart has also confirmed to Collider that novice audiences will be as won over as early fans by Vikings: Valhalla:
“The Great Connection [entre les deux séries], which has its small effect, goes through the meetings and discussions of the characters of Valhalla in the great hall of Kattegat in particular, each time they mention the great eras and Ragnar Lothbrok, Lagertha, Bjorn Côtes-de-Fer and Ivar the boneless, now mythical characters within the series itself. This gives ready-made stories to tell in the series. So you don’t need to know who Ragnar is to experience Vikings: Valhalla, but it enriches the series.”
This does not prevent the showrunner from hoping that Vikings: Valhalla will make new audiences want to discover the original Vikings series: “Hopefully, Vikings: Valhalla will inspire people to go back and discover the old characters by asking, ‘Who are these people they keep talking about? Was Ragnar so great? Why are these people- they mythical characters?’ So everything connects in useful, interesting and fascinating ways.”
Even if you don’t need to have seen Vikings to understand Vikings: Valhalla and take full advantage of it, we can only advise you to take a look to (re)discover the legendary characters and their stories. Especially since seasons 1 to 6A of Vikings are available on Netflix.
Season 1 of Vikings: Valhalla will be available February 25 on Netflix.