Before the launch of Vikings: Valhalla on Netflix, discover the characters of the Vikings spin-off.
Expected this February 25, Vikings: Valhalla takes place 150 years after the events of Vikings and the world has changed. But in a recent promotional video for this spin-off on Netflix, showrunner and screenwriter Jeb Stuart assured: “Fans will find similarities [avec la série originale] in Valhalla: the historical accuracy, the depth of the characters, the suspense.”
This spin-off will therefore focus on the descendants of the Vikings of the original series through a brand new plot, inspired by historical facts, between conflict of religions and war of territories. Who are the main characters in Vikings: Valhalla? Answer in the slideshow above.
Played by Leo Suter, Harald Sigurdsson is a great viking who wants to follow in the footsteps of his ancestor Harald à la Belle Chevelure (Peter Franzén in the original series), and become king of Norway. Wanting his moment of glory, he sets out to take revenge on the English who massacred the Vikings alongside King Knut le Grad. Charismatic and ambitious enough to unite all Vikings, whether followers of Odin or Christians, Harald served in the army of the great-grandson of Igor of Kiev, the young prince who was close to Ivar the Boneless (Alex Høgh Andersen) in the original series.
Portrayed by Sam Corlett, Leif Eriksson is the son of Erik the Red. Coming from the Green Land, he stayed away from the Viking world to embark on a great quest of exploration. Arrived in Kattegat for a hidden mission, he finds himself fighting alongside Harald Sigurdsson to invade England.
Played by Frida Gustavsson, Freydis Eriksdotter, who also comes from the Green Land, is the sister of Leif Eriksson, with whom she lived according to the old pagan tradition, and the daughter of Erik the Red. Her determination, cruelty and strength make her both dangerous and admired by the Vikings.
Emma of Normandy
Played by Laura Berlin, Emma of Normandy is the descendant of Rollo (Clive Standen in the original series). She is also the wife of the King of England, Æthelred II. Very intelligent, she has a great importance in the affairs of the kingdom and in particular in the strategy to counter the invasion of the Vikings.
Played by Bradley Freegard, Knut the Great is a wise, wise, and ruthless Viking leader and King of Denmark who keeps his friends close and his enemies even closer. His qualities enabled him to later conquer the throne of England and reign over the English for more than two decades.
Played by Caroline Henderson, Jarl Haakon is a great warrior who rules Kattegat. According to the historical facts on which the series is based and the links with the original show, Jarl Haakon could be a descendant of Ingrid, who once ruled Kattegat, and Bjorn, the son of Ragnar Lothbrok. Jarl Haakon makes Kattegat welcoming to pagans and Christians alike.
Portrayed by David Oakes, Godwin is the Earl of Wessex who rose through the ranks of nobility gradually. Deceitful and manipulative, he approached King Knut for personal purposes but also to ensure a pleasant position within the royalty.
Camped by Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson, Olaf Haraldsson is the older half-brother of Harald Sigurdsson, with whom relations can be strained due to their respective lusts for power. He was King of Norway.
Camped by Louis Davison, Prince Edmond, also called Edmond II, was the short King of England after the death of his father Æthelred II, before the invasion of Knut the Great. Despite his resistance, which earned him the nickname “Côtes-de-Fer” (like a certain Bjorn before him, Alexander Ludwig in the original series), Edmond was defeated by Knut and was forced to share his kingdom.