December 2, 2020
In a switch, Amazon Prime Video has secured the final half-season of period drama “Vikings,” with the 10 episodes set to drop on the SVOD service on Dec. 30. The Emmy-winning historical drama series from creator and sole writer Michael Hirst (Academy Award winning film Elizabeth and the Emmy and Golden Globe nominated series “The Tudors”) is a family saga that tells the tales of the lives and epic adventures of the Nordic raiders and explorers of the Dark Ages.
It was originally created for the History Channel in 2013. The Disney-owned network will broadcast the final episodes at an undisclosed date. The initial 10 episodes of the 20-episode season aired on History beginning Dec. 4, 2019.
“Prime Video has already delighted Prime members with all five-and-a-half seasons of ‘Vikings,'” Brad Beale, VP of worldwide content licensing for Prime Video, said in a statement. “Prime members in the U.S., U.K., Germany, Austria and Ireland will be the first to learn the fates of the beloved characters as the epic drama concludes.”
The first part of the final season concluded with an epic battle between the Rus and Vikings where brother fought brother, Bjorn Ironside (Alexander Ludwig) fighting for his homeland alongside King Harald (Peter Franzen) against Ivar the Boneless (Alex Høgh Andersen) now fighting with the Rus forces in an attempt to gain control of Norway. The battle ends in tragedy with Bjorn left for dead on the battlefield, betrayed by Ivar and with the future of their ancestral home, Kattegat, at stake.
“Prime Video will uniquely expose the series finale to a streaming audience first,” Hirst said. “Prepare to be astonished, and for many surprises along the way. And if you have tears to shed, then also be prepared to shed them.”