Though the upcoming sixth season of History’s Vikings is going to be its last, the Vikings saga created by Michael Hirst isn’t ending there.
Netflix announced on Tuesday that it picked up Vikings: Valhalla, a sequel to the hit historical drama whose final season premieres this December.
According to Deadline, the streaming giant ordered 24 episodes of the sequel, which also hails from Vikings creator Hirst and studio MGM Television.
Set 100 years after the conclusion of the original series, Vikings: Valhalla dramatizes the adventures of the most famous Vikings who ever lived: Leif Erikson, Freydis, Harald Harada, and the Norman King William the Conqueror, who is a Viking descendant.
Vikings: Valhalla will be penned by Jeb Stuart, whose writing credits include the action movies Die Hard, The Fugitive, and Lock Up. Stuart will also executive produce the sequel with Hirst and Morgan O’Sullivan for MGM Television.
“I am beyond excited that we are announcing the continuation of our Vikings saga,” Hirst said in a statement. “I know that the millions of our fans across the globe will be thrilled by the belief being shown in our show by MGM and Netflix. Jeb Stuart, a truly wonderful writer, will bring new story-lines and a powerful visceral vision to stories about some of the most famous Vikings known to history.”
Though plot details are being kept under wraps, Channing Dungey, vice-president for original series at Netflix, said that “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.”
A release date for the sequel has yet to be announced, but it’s already confirmed that Vikings: Valhalla, just like the original series, will be shot in Ireland, with much of the Vikings team in all departments returning.
Vikings is currently not available on Netflix in the U.S., but the streamer is expected to pursue streaming rights to the series ahead of the release of Vikings: Valhalla.
The first half of Vikings Season 6 will premiere Wednesday, December 4th at 9 p.m. ET on History.