Amazon Prime Video Lands Final ‘Vikings’ Half-Season Ahead of Pay-TV

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.

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“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.”

First Half of ‘Vikings’ Season Six on Disc Oct. 13

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release Vikings: Season 6 Vol. 1 on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Oct. 13.

The sixth season of the History Channel original series picks up after the battle between brothers that has left Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig) victorious and a hero to the people who have been under the tyrannical rule of Ivar (Alex Høgh Andersen). As the new leader of Kattegat, Bjorn struggles to fill his late father’s shoes as king, while facing several dilemmas and wrestling with the idea that power overshadows morals. Meanwhile, Ivar, searching for a new path to separate him from his past, travels the Silk Road to Russia, where he meets the ruthless Prince Oleg (Danila Kozlovsky).

This season also finds Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) seeking a quieter and less public life on her farm, while the Vikings continuing to take over Scandinavia as Ubbe (Jordan Patrick Smith) and Torvi (Georgia Hirst) travel to Iceland to uncover the mystery circling Floki’s (Gustaf Skarsgård) disappearance, and Hvitserk (Marco Ilsø) pursues his personal vendetta against Ivar.

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The series earned an average of 34 million total viewers per episode during the season, making it one of top five dramas across ad-supported cable in the United States.

The home video release includes the first 10 episodes of the season, plus the featurette “The Legacy of Lagertha,” deleted scenes, and a creator’s audio commentary dubbed “The Best Laid Plans.”

This is the first season of the show released on disc by Warner Bros. Previous seasons were released by Fox in conjunction with MGM.

Netflix Partners with MGM for ‘Vikings’ Series Return

Netflix is partnering with MGM Television for a new original series, “Vikings: Valhalla,” from creator Michael Hirst that continues the “Vikings” series that is now in its sixth and final season on the History channel.

The new saga begins 100 years after the original series concludes and dramatizes the adventures of the most famous Vikings who ever lived — Leif Erikson, Freydis, Harald Harada and the Norman King William the Conqueror (also a Viking descendant). These men and women will blaze new paths as they fight for survival in an ever changing and evolving Europe.

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MGM, which produced the series for History, said it is “thrilled” to partner with original creators and Netflix on the series.

“Valhalla has been a labor of love for everyone involved and as we look ahead to the continuation of this great saga, we are excited to know that fans the world over will have the opportunity to continue with the series on its new home at Netflix,” Steve Stark, president of television production and development, said in a statement.

“‘Vikings: Valhalla’ promises to be everything that fans love about the franchise: heart-pounding, unstoppable action rooted in rich characters and dramatic storytelling that shines the light on family, loyalty and power,” added Channing Dungey, VP of original series for Netflix.

Second Half of ‘Vikings’ Season 5 on Disc Oct. 8

MGM and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment will release Vikings: Season 5 Vol. 2 on Blu-ray and DVD Oct. 8.

In this half-season, Ivar the Boneless’ tyrannical reign as king of Kattegat ushers in a new Dark Age for Scandinavia. And while Bjorn and Lagertha flee Ivar’s murderous forces with Bishop Heahmund, Duke Rollo’s return brings even more upheaval. Meanwhile, Floki battles the elements-as well as his settlers’ thirst for revenge-in beautiful, desolate Iceland. Ultimately, the sons of Ragnar and old sworn enemies must become allies to challenge the despot Ivar, who has declared himself a god. The gut-wrenching action and dramatic plot twists reach a fever pitch as the season unfolds.

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The Blu-ray and DVD will include extended versions of all 10 episodes (broadcast versions are not included with the DVD edition).

Extras include commentaries with creator Michael Hirst and actor Gustaf Skarsgard, deleted scenes, and featurettes “The Epic War of Ragnar’s Sons” and “The King and the Warrior Bishop.”