The wait will soon be over for “Vikings” fans, thanks to Friday’s announcement that the fifth season will debut on November 29 on History Canada. To celebrate the news, an exclusive trailer of the new “Vikings” season is now available on History Canada’s Facebook page.
Following the season-four carnage that led to the demise of Viking King Ragnar (Travis Fimmel, who left the show after his character’s shocking death), Jonathan Rhys Meyers (“The Tudors”) will head the cast as Heahmund, a warrior bishop at the centre of an action-packed storyline that promises to be “full of startling alliances and unbelievable betrayals as the Vikings fight to rule the world.”
Season five will kick off with Ivar the Boneless (Alex Høgh Andersen) asserting his leadership over the Great Heathen Army, while Lagertha (Canadian Katheryn Winnick) continues her reign as Queen of Kattegat. Meanwhile, Ivar’s murder of his brother Sigurd (David Lindström) sets the stage for vicious battles to come as Ragnar’s sons plot their next moves after avenging their father’s death, as Bjorn (B.C. native Alexander Ludwig) follows his destiny into the Mediterranean Sea and Floki (Gustaf Skarsgård), who is suffering from the loss of his wife Helga (Maude Hirst), takes to the seas in order to submit himself to the will of the gods.
In addition to Rhys Meyers, new cast members include Ontario native Kris Holden-Ried (“Lost Girl”) as Eyvind, an important warrior in Kattegat who decides to travel and settle his family in a new land, and Canadian Adam Copeland (“Haven”) as Kietill Flatnose, a fierce and brave warrior chosen to be one of the leaders of the Viking party intent on travelling to Iceland.
In support of the new season, Corus Entertainment is announcing “Vikings VR”, a wholly original virtual reality app that, for the first time, will transport viewers inside the world of “Vikings”. Launching in conjunction with Fan Expo Canada (which takes place in Toronto from Aug. 31-Sept. 3), the app offers an immersive, in-world 360-degree experience, with VR scenes including: an intense battle in Kattegat; an argument about war strategy between Ragnar’s sons; a prophecy from the mystical Seer; and a vow of vengeance by Bishop Heahmund (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), as well as additional behind-the-scenes content.
“This series has a fiercely loyal and dedicated fan base and they’re hungry for more content that can make them feel a part of the ‘Vikings’ tribe,” said Daniel Eves, Senior Vice President of Specialty Networks, Corus Entertainment. “Following the tremendous success of the immersive website ‘Vikings: A World Revealed’, we’re thrilled to augment the virtual ‘Vikings’ experience while also elevating the brand across this emerging platform.”
In advance of the November premiere, ET Canada will head to Ireland to take viewers on a behind-the-scenes visit to the “Vikings” set in an in-depth special featuring exclusive, on-set interviews with the cast and sneak peeks at what’s to come this season. Broadcast details for this ET Canada special will be announced at a later date.
“Vikings” returns to History Canada on Nov. 29; in the meantime, you can watch full episodes online.