History’s “Vikings” will move to Wednesdays for the back half of Season 4, with the midseason premiere set to bow Wednesday, November 30 at 9 p.m., Variety has learned. The first half of the season aired Thursdays at 10 p.m.
After being defeated in a monumental battle in Paris against his brother Rollo (Clive Standen), Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) disappeared following his humiliating loss. “Vikings” then took an enormous leap forward during the April 21 midseason finale, time-jumping to a new era in its characters’ lives.
In the midseason premiere, Ragnar’s reappearance in Kattegat triggers a chain of events no one – except the Seer – could have ever imagined. He unexpectedly arrives home to see what has become of his sons and to handle unfinished business in Wessex with King Ecbert (Linus Roache). Meanwhile, Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) plans a power play in Kattegat and Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig) prepares to fulfill his long-held dream to explore the Mediterranean in a sleek new boat built for him by Floki (Gustaf Skarsgård).
“This season is monumental and unlike anything we’ve ever done,” said Michael Hirst, creator and writer. “We’ve propelled ‘Vikings’ to the topmost level of historical drama as we follow storylines inspired by real life events such as Bjorn Ironside sailing through the Mediterranean and Ivar the Boneless becoming the most feared warrior of all time. It’s not a story of one man, but a saga of Ragnar and his sons.”
Hirst previewed what to expect when the show returns for the second half of Season 4, and teased the many changes that have occurred in the six years since Ragnar left Kattegat, telling Variety: “I’m not going to give anything away, but I would say that the storylines of Ragnar and King Ecbert coincide, finally. So two of the greatest characters in the show come together and in a most extraordinary way. This is the best thing I’ve ever been involved with. There are a couple of episodes in Season 4 that are the best things I’ve ever written and affected everybody on the show, and I can’t wait for people to come to these episodes, but they’re still unexpected. You can’t second-guess what’s going to happen, but it’s just so emotional and as I say, I’m prouder of where we’re going with these episodes than anything that I’ve ever written. I want people to be there, because Season 4 will be startling and extraordinary.”
“Vikings” remains a top ten cable scripted drama in live plus-same day Nielsen measurement, and in live plus-seven garnered 4.3 million total viewers, 2.1 million adults 25-54 and 1.8 million adults 18-49 during its ten-week run in the spring.
Season 5 of “Vikings” is currently in production in Ireland with Jonathan Rhys Myers joining the cast. Hirst is the sole writer of the series, and serves as executive producer along with Morgan O’Sullivan of World 2000, Sheila Hockin, John Weber of Take 5 Productions, Sherry Marsh, Alan Gasmer and James Flynn. Jana Bennett and Arturo Interian are the executives in charge of production for History.
“Vikings” is an international Irish/Canadian co-production by World 2000 and Take 5 Productions. History broadcasts domestically in the U.S. and in Canada; MGM Television brought the series to the network and distributes “Vikings” to the global audience, serving as the worldwide distributor outside of Ireland and Canada. The show is produced in association with Corus Entertainment.