‘Vikings’ Renewed for Season 6 at History Ahead of Season 5 Premiere

'Vikings' Renewed for Season 6 at

Vikings” has been renewed for Season 6 at History before the show’s fifth season has even premiered, the network announced Tuesday.

History has ordered a 20 episode sixth season of the drama series, with production slated to begin this fall in Ireland. The first half of Season 5 will premiere on Nov. 29, with the second half airing in 2018. In addition, series regular Katheryn Winnick will make her directorial debut in Season 6, helming one episode.

The Season 5 cast includes series regulars Jonathan Rhys Meyers, who joined this season as Bishop Heahmund, along with Winnick, Gustaf Skarsgård, Alexander Ludwig, Alex Høgh Andersen, Jordan Smith and Marco Ilso.

Michael Hirst created the series and also serves as its sole writer and executive producer. Morgan O’Sullivan of World 2000, Sheila Hockin, John Weber of Take 5 Productions, Sherry Marsh, Alan Gasmer, and James Flynn  also serve as executive producers. Arturo Interian serves as the executive in charge of production for History. “Vikings” is an international Irish/Canadian co-production by World 2000 and Take 5 Productions. MGM Television serves as the worldwide distributor outside of Ireland and Canada. “Vikings” is produced in association with Corus Entertainment.

“It has been my pleasure and my privilege to work with History and our partner MGM over five seasons and 69 episodes of ‘Vikings.’ Now we are ready to begin production of a 20 episode season six that will deliver a huge and unexpected revelation to our audience,” said Hirst. “There are many reasons why I love this show, not least for the commitment and creativity of everyone involved in making it, but perhaps even more important is the spirit that drives this production – one of the happiest, most collaborative and most authentic productions I have ever been involved with. And so we sail on.”

Across all platforms, Season 4 of “Vikings” averaged 7.8 million viewers per episode. It is also a top-five drama across ad supported cable and averaged 4.1 million total viewers last season in Live+7.

“‘Vikings’ has creatively sailed to monumental lengths. The series has evolved from early raids in England, to the heart-stopping death of Ragnar Lothbrok, to the fierce battles of the Great Heathen Army, and now we’ll see the sons of Ragnar exploring and conquering the known world,” said Eli Lehrer, executive vice president of programming for History. “Michael Hirst has only scratched the surface of his epic saga. We look forward to continuing our partnership with one of the greatest writers in this era of Peak TV and entertaining our viewers with 40 new episodes over the next two seasons.”

(Pictured: Katheryn Winnick)

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  1. So happy to hear. I hope their will other stories and series uncoveringthe many of historical stories still out there awaiting to be told through Michael Hirst’s interpretation and insight.

  2. Bloody love this show 💕can’t wait for the next season ,bring it on

  3. Jan Butterfield says:

    I loved travis rimmel as ragna and admit that I only carried on watching as he played a fantastic part was gutted when ragna was killed off but I still think it will be a great series 5 and will carry on watching but it won’t be the same with out travis

  4. Vikings has done a great job with writing, production, acting, music and FX since its beginning; its ratings are solid, hence its renewal. I’m so happy it’ll be back for another season, plus…I say plus because I bet they go for 100 eps.. I’d love to see the final shot of Leif Eriksson stepping on American soil and asking, “who wants to be Columbus?!”

  5. LozyLos says:


  6. Shield Maiden says:

    Rena, you really have no idea what you’re talking about. Forget the platform stat that has your knickers in a twist, even in Live and Same Day Vikings is a top 5 drama series in all of cable.

    More people watch it than Better Call Saul or the Americans. Its a massive hit not just domestically, but internationally for MGM. To put it another way, Legion and Taboo and Feud wish they had Vikings ratings.

    And the ratings went up after Ragnar died. Check the tvseriesfinale website if you’re a doubter/hater.

    Moving on now, skol!

  7. fitzc says:

    I think Netflix has a pretty good idea of how many people watch Vikings. Apparently Netflix is willing to pay well for it. Young people do not watch TV. They binge watch on the internet. Vikings is a very bingeworthy show and it won’t get dated. Also, on case you hadn’t noticed, GOT won’t be on next season..,.

  8. Sha says:

    Without ragnar it wilk be hard si come through.

  9. Rena Moretti says:

    What a load of BS!!

    Translation,: Even though we have low ratings with the show, we’ll renew it before it premieres again so our buddies can be sure to have money shoved their way and maybe the press will believe us when we say it means the show has great ratings.

    Note on ratings: Live+7 is meaningless and only ever used for PR spin. “Over all platforms” means “including imaginary viewers that nobody can check actually exist”.

    And so does the destruction of the US film and TV industry continues…

    • ludivine Vernet says:

      Ragnar was ‘the Viking’ of the Vikings. He really made the show and the others, although all fantastic, didn’t have his charisma. It will be difficult without him and even though I like Jonathan Rhys Myers he is not Travis Fimmel and Ragnar will never be forgotten!

      • tony says:

        So true.Ragnar WAS the show but abley supported by the rest of the cast.I am now SO looking forward to the new series

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