It might not come as a surprise, but the popular historical action drama Vikings have been renewed for a fifth season. Irish actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers joins the cast.
It was announced yesterday that History’s drama series Vikings will get a fifth season. 20 episodes have been ordered, and the biggest addition to the cast is Jonathan Rhys Meyers, known from another historical drama series, The Tudors.
-The brilliant writing and depth of historical research and authenticity brought to the screen by Michael Hirst paired with our talented cast and crew, has made this series one of the most compelling, visually stunning historical dramas on television. Vikings has raided the hearts of audiences and we are thrilled that Jonathan Rhys Myers will become a bigger part of the History family after his incredible performance in our upcoming production of Roots, Jana Bennett, president and general manager of History said.
-Vikings continues to be a powerhouse series worldwide. We are excited to have Jonathan Rhys Meyers join our talented cast and watch as this epic story evolves heading into season five, said Mark Burnett, president at Television & Digital Group at MGM Television, and Steve Stark, president at Television Development & Production at MGM, which is the global distributor outside Ireland and Canada.
Season five will begin production this summer with an airdate to be confirmed for 2017.
The series is a top 10 cable drama and is viewed by more than four million followers on Thursday nights in the US alone. The first half of season four is currently airing on History, with the next episode focusing on a betrayal in Paris and Wessex as those whom Odo trusts plot against him. Ecbert agrees to support Kwenthrith in Mercia, but is Ecbert a true ally? Ragnar confides in Yidu his darkest secret.
Ten more episodes us scheduled to air later this year.