If there’s one thing the Vikings were famous for, it was sailing across the world and creating numerous settlements. So far in the Vikings franchise, we’ve seen the Norsemen sail everywhere from England, Russia, Iceland, Canada and beyond. While the first season of spinoff Vikings: Valhalla focused mostly on the conflict between the Vikings and the English, creator Jeb Stuart has revealed that season 2 will feature a lot more exploration.
Netflix clearly has huge ambitions for the spinoff, having ordered a total of 24 episodes — evenly spread across three seasons — from the get-go. With characters like Leif Erikson (Sam Corlett) at the forefront, everything is in place for a globetrotting epic.
Speaking with Newsweek, Stuart teased that we’ll be seeing a lot more of that in the new episodes. “I think in season two, [viewers] will see the Vikings sort of thrust out of Scandinavia, which is a very interesting piece,” he said. “We know that the Vikings traveled, we know that they went to the New World, but we also know that they traveled to Russia, to the Rus, as they called it, and went down the Dnieper River to the Black Sea.”
Vikings: Valhalla will send its characters around the world
Of course, in the original Vikings series, the characters traveled to Russia and fought against the people there, so it’ll be interesting to see how relations have developed in the 100 years since then. And Stuart hinted at even more countries that could be explored.
They were great traders. So they went to Constantinople, they went to Egypt, they went through the Middle East. Viking DNA is found almost all over that part of Europe. They went to the Iberian Peninsula and obviously England and Ireland. So you can probably guess that my Vikings are going to get on their boats and explore a little bit.
Obviously, they’re not going to run out of iconic historical events to cover anytime soon. Stuart believes his show could go all the way up to the Battle of Hastings in 1066. “My story carries on past [a third season] and I would love more time to tell the full story, I would love more time to get to the fact that William the Conqueror puts an end to the Viking Age,” he told Digital Spy.
Let’s hope Netflix continues to order new seasons of the show. Stuart doesn’t plan on ending it anytime soon.
Vikings: Valhalla season 1 is currently streaming on Netflix.
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