Along with announcing a number of new shows to air on the network, the History channel has renewed their popular drama series, Vikings, for a fourth season. This announcement was made on March 26, 2015, by the General Manager and EVP of both the History channel and H2 channel, Dirk Hoogstra. At the time of the renewal, Vikings still had five more new episodes to go, before the end of its third season.
When the announcement was made, Hoogstra said that Vikings had established itself as a drama that is not only visually stunning, but also compelling. He felt that the show has captured the imagination and hearts of both critics and audiences alike. Hoogstra also commented that the storyline for Vikings has been intriguing, with arcs that are pivotal to the progress of the show. He even indicated the company’s pride in the work being done by the entire cast and crew. The goal with a fourth season of the show, is continue to entertain and captivate audiences around the globe.
Both Hoogstra and the president of Television Group and Digital MGM, Roma Khanna, acknowledge that the program has become an international success. In fact, Vikings has been the number one show seen on cable networks for Thursday nights for five consecutive weeks.
In the program, Vikings follows the lives and adventures of these fierce warriors. The series also gives a more detailed portrayal of what life was like during the Dark Ages, from the perspective of the vikings themselves. Viewers get a chance to watch a saga about family, following the lives of Ragnar (a real figure from history, who was considered to be one of the greatest heroes of his time), Bjorn, Rollo and Lagertha. The characters are portrayed by Travis Fimmel, Alexander Ludwig, Clive Standen and Katheryn Winnick, respectively.
Season three has continued the story of these warriors, and their friendships, loyalties and alliances. As the show progresses there are religious matters that are addressed, and even relationships that come under strain.
The fourth season of Vikings will begin production in Ireland, in the spring of 2015. Michael Hirst is both the writer and creator of the series. He also serves as the executive producer, along with Sheila Hockin, Morgan O’Sullivan, John Weber, Sherry Marsh, James Flynn and Alan Gasmer. Vikings is a co-production internationally between Ireland and Canada, and airs in both the United States and Canada on the History channel.
Although the renewal for the Vikings fourth season on the History channel has already been announced, season three still has a few episodes to go until the finale. The final episode of the third season is set for April 23, 2015. No word yet as to when the fourth season would air on the network.
By Kimberley Spinney
History Channel Press Release
Photos by Jonathan Hession – Courtesy of the History Channel