The second season of Vikings finished production back in November 2021, but Netflix subscribers will have to wait a little longer before the third season premieres. Even though no certain date has been set, we already know that the historical drama will return in 2023, and that’s not all.
We even chatted with the show’s creator, Jeb Stuart, about what to anticipate from the upcoming season as new cast members have been announced over the past few months, including one who won’t really appear onscreen until season 3.
Therefore, set sail and continue reading if you’re missing Leif, Freydis, and company and want to learn more about Vikings season 2.
Vikings: Valhalla season 2 release date could be revealed soon
The second season of Vikings: Valhalla began production in 2021 and was finished in the following year. The stunt performer Caroline Simmonet claimed that “Season 2 recently wrapped” on November 2 in an Instagram post that has since been deleted (H/T What’s on Netflix(opens in new tab)).
Jeb Stuart, the creator of the series, confirmed it by saying that “Season two has been filmed” and that they are “now in the editing phase.” Additionally, he disclosed to Digital Spy(opens in new tab) that he is already in the editing process for the season two finale.
What does that imply for the future of the show, then? Netflix intends to release the new chapter in 2023, according to a story from Entertainment Weekly(opens in new tab) that was published back in March. A precise release date has not yet been determined. Season 3 of Vikings will also feature Vahalla, and production on that episode began in May.
Vikings: Valhalla season 2 cast: who’s returning and who’s off to Valhalla?
Several Vikings: Valhalla season 2 cast members are anticipated to return. They are Leif (Sam Corlett), Harald (Leo Suter), Freydis (Frida Gustavsson), Emma of Normandy (Laura Berlin), Godwin (David Oakes), and Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson (Olaf).
Given how much they contributed to the first season, Sren Pilmark (Forkbeard), Bradley Freegard (Canute), and Pollyanna McIntosh (lfgifu) will all undoubtedly return as well.
One newcomer has been officially announced: Florian Munteanu, who played Razor Fist in Shang-Chi, is now a part of the cast as the Byzantine general Maniakes.
Caroline Henderson is one of those who most likely won’t appear in the second season (Haakon). During the eighth and last episode of the first season, the Jarl of Kattegat perished.
But there is still room for a comeback. Henderson stated to Metro (opens in new window), “We’re not completely sure [she won’t be coming back]. She might appear in some other form, like a ghost.”
Asbjrn Krogh Nissen, a Kre actor, is similarly treated. During a pivotal combat with Freydis in Kattegat, Kre was beheaded. He won’t be coming back with King Edmund from Louis Davison.
According to Jeb Stuart, of the present cast of characters, the second season will put “a whole different accent on Olaf,” and we may anticipate his son, Magnus, to perhaps make an appearance in upcoming seasons. In our spoiler-filled interview with Stuart, the name of legendary Viking warrior Erik the Red was also mentioned. Erik the Red is the father of Leif and Freydis, and he’ll appear in season 3, not season 2. Goran Visnijc, who was a member of the c ast of The Boys in the second season of the Prime Video programme, is expected to play him.
Given that Stuart refers to Godwin as “a figure for the long haul,” he may also be around for a while. London won’t recognise the blow.
Vikings: Valhalla season 2 story: what’s next for Leif, Freydis, and Harald?
The launchpad for season two, according to Stuart, “is that we’re not going to return to Kattegat and everything’s going to be fine,” suggesting that turbulence and conflict will significantly affect the port town.
That’s an understatement. As the first season came to a close, many game pieces were dispersed over Scandinavia and Europe in search of glory, and key power balances changed as a result.
For a few five seconds, Kattegat has a new ruler. Up until he noticed Forkbeard’s fleet docking, Olaf was in charge. Expect a power vacuum after Haakon is gone, as well as possible battles, over who will rule Kattegat.
But it’s unlikely that’s Harald. He narrowly avoided death as he and his on-again, off-again lover Freydis narrowly escaped Kattegat. After aligning with Kre, the Norwegian prince has become the Vikings’ number one opponent. Meanwhile, Freydis will have to adjust to her new role as “The Last” and probable saviour of the Viking people.
Godwin is Emma’s steadfast ally in England, where she has assumed the throne once again. Godwin is assisting Emma in thwarting any attempts at retaliation coming from lfgifu’s direction. Mercia is probably one new threat, and no one is sure how long they can be contained.
With its star Leif, Vikings: Valhalla season 2 has undergone some significant changes. In the authors’ room, the adventurer is now known as “Old Testament Leif,” and his future writing will resemble that of his monster father, Erik the Red.
Leif Erikson, who will appear in season two, “will be a totally different character, someone who is driven now and is dragging his father out of every pore in his body,” Stuart claimed.
We’ll eventually talk about his travel experiences. Most notably, Leif Erikson is credited with setting sail for and finding North America. Stuart claims that upcoming episodes will prepare him for that adventure as well as perhaps taking its actors farther afield.
Leif was an adventurer, but Stuart questioned, “What did we have in our toolkit that allowed him to go there? Not just courage will do. The Vikings would have returned to the New World if only they had had the bravery. Did he have to develop a skill for navigation that neither he nor anybody else knew about?
These are intriguing pieces for me because I want to expand on them and give the characters a chance to start acting like adults. They must earn things rather than merely assume them.
Even more potential for slower, more deliberate sequences may exist in the second season. Stuart noted, in reference to what he had learnt from the first season, “while I loved the speed and the rapid pace, restricting the amount of characters, moving them in different circles, and creating those surprises was my favourite aspect of season one.”
A temporal jump might eventually occur. Stuart is considering going back in time, however it might not happen in season two. He envisioned 1066 as the conclusion of the Viking era and as the goal of Valhalla.
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