Showrunner Jeb Stuart had a big hurdle: Continuing to tell a compelling story of the Viking people, following up on the success achieved by Vikings series creator Michael Hirst. So how do you tell the disjointed and gap-filled history of the Vikings in the era of Erik the Red’s son Leif Eriksson? In the first season of Vikings: Valhalla, Stuart had the answer: Much like Hirst had done had done for his award-winning series, you stitch it together with good storytelling that’s all in the spirit of the legends and historical accounts. Leif’s greatest deed in the first season of Vikings: Valhalla didn’t really happen in history, but it resulted in an episode that should count as one of the best strategy and siege depictions in TV history. The storytelling over eight episodes was so tightly written and the action moved at such a clip that you probably won’t notice the production, costumes, and props are just as authentic and grand as in Vikings. What will we see in the second season? Fans of the series will find out today as it arrives on Netflix.
Here are some previews, behind the scenes footage, and the entire first scene from Season 2 of Vikings: Valhalla:
Catch both seasons–16 episodes–of Vikings: Valhalla, with the new eight episodes of the second season now streaming today on Netflix.
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