The showrunner and cast of History’s Vikings, including showrunner and writer Michael Hirst and actors Travis Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick, and Clive Standen, who we saw at their first Comic-Con back in 2013, invaded Comic-Con this weekend with a new preview for the last time.  That’s a virtual invasion, because of course this year it’s San Diego Comic-Con@Home, but as panels go this was just as you’d see at any ordinary SDCC, but without the lines and squinting from the back of Hall H.  Hirst and actors Fimmel, Winnick, and Standen were joined this year by actors Alex Ludwig and Jordan Patrick Smith, to discuss the fates of Fimmel and Winnick’s characters on past episodes, the six seasons of the series, and what’s next.

For fans of the television series–our favorite historical, fantasy-infused series of the past decade–this is a fun opportunity to match actors and real-life accents, and catch a glimpse at what our heroes look like, out of Viking garb, going through the same strange world at home the whole planet currently is part of.  Hirst said, “The characters who we all have grown to love all have their fates decided.  Whether they live or die is in the hands of the gods, but of course, I had a hand in it too.  I think the conclusion of the saga is deeply satisfying, a proper and meaningful ending.  I hope all of our fans will feel the same way.  I tried to do justice to all of my characters and I hope I succeeded.”

Watch this panel, Vikings: A Look Back with the Lothbroks, including a scene from the next episode of Vikings:

The back half of the final season, Season 6, of Vikings will count down the final episodes, expected later this year.  Then the franchise flips to Netflix, where Hirst will take a back seat, and a new crew and and actors tell the story 100 years later of historical figures including Leif Erikson, Freydís Eiríksdóttir, Harald Hardrada, and William the Conqueror.  Titled Vikings: Valhalla, that series does not have a fixed release date.

C.J. Bunce / Editor / borg